This referendum result confirms a few things about how I want to develop my practice – and maybe a couple of priorities for socially and politically engaged arts practice in general


There is intergenerational work to be done

referrendum the age gap

The older generation voted for a future the younger generation don’t want. I’m interested in creating spaces in which generations can talk to each other seriously, and respectfully about this and a range of other issues (housing, for example).

Tassos Stevens’ A Better Conversation is a useful guide in terms of how these kinds of conversations can be facilitated.


There is much work to be done to reach out regionally.

referrendum regional

There’s a striking similarity between this and the map of the 2015 election result. Both of the places I can call ‘home’ (London and Cambridge) are islands of progressive politics. There’s a fairly urgent need to take work outside this bubble.

I think regional & rural touring of the arts is vital in this respect.



There is intercultural work to be done.

I hear that when asked to explain their reasoning, many leave voters gave answers that are essentially racist. This can’t be ignored.




About hughchapmansblog

Poet and performance maker based in Cambridge and London

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