WHERE IS THE ART?
I have lived in Livingston over half my life and I like living here. As an artist, however, I feel there is a distinct lack of a visual arts environment, I would like to use this space to talk about this. I have written many articles on the subject, these have appeared in the arts newspaper ArtWork. I talk a lot about public art which I think the local council rely upon too much as a substitute for galleries in the area. Livingston was inaugurated in 1962, it's first town planner was an architect called Peter Daniel. The short film New Town Blues features Daniel talking about Livingston where he bemoans the lack of ambition by those in charge, He was dismissed from the job and it was said that the then general manager of the LDC (Livingston Development Corporation) "did not care for opinionated architects with beards".
I have collaborated in this section with the French student Matis Leggiadro who has taken the up the issue for his website which is concerned with democracy in art.
To view Matis Leggiadro's website click the link below