Artists plan party conference at Scarborough Spa

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 April 2013

This November, more than two years after Bob and Roberta Smith first charged the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, with the "destruction of Britain's ability to draw, design and sing", the artist himself will be holding a party conference.

The Art Party, though, is being touted as an antidote to politicised get-togethers.

Held at Scarborough Spa - which, usefully, Smith regards as "the classic party conference venue" - it will include an all-night party, a literal fringe, a march hoisting an inflatable version of Old Flo aloft and breakfast on the beach the following day.

The more serious focus will be on the value of arts and education. “Take art out of the National Curriculum and you will emasculate British culture,” the artist warned Gove. A series of accompanying online events and a Road Movie will allow those beyond the north Yorkshire seaside to take part.
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