Like many, I have spent the majority of today coming to terms with Britain’s departure from the European Union and the divisions it has imposed both nationally and internationally. I have harboured feelings of shock, anger and sadness regarding what it means for the humble UK based contemporary artist but, although the dust is far from settled, I am now beginning to feel more reflective.
Funding and freedom of movement may become rather compromised over the upcoming years but art has a vigorous ability to adapt, be flexible and survive. And in the light of such limitations us UK artists must lead by example and unite – providing supportive platforms for each other as a progressive alternative to the divided nation that stands before us. Art often illuminates alternative realities and, through the spirit of community and support from each other we artists could become pioneers of our future.