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Hello to all. Nicholas Dattner here.

In the next few weeks and months, articles will appear here to do with my long term dream – the politicisation of art.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the state our world is in; climate change, species loss and pollution.

I am not alone, far from it. Put simply, politicians, lawyers and economist gather to make decisions about this planet. In turn, they are lobbied by corporate entities, churches and media.

Like the table above, based on that famous painting, it is my dream that artists come to the table.

Throughout history, art and all who are aligned with the many facets of art, have been the major source of dialogue about the world we live in. The Sistine Chapel was not painted by a lawyer; ‘Guernica’ was not painted by and economist and War and Peace was not penned by a politician. This is not to say that there aren’t many well intentioned politicians, economists and lawyers but that they are more often than not, obliged to serve whoever is there paymaster.

So, artists and all those who support the arts, have to become activists; a strident voice or brush and by every other medium, passionate activists, who demand a seat at the table where the future of our planet is debated and settled.

If you want to join this conversation, email nick@newnorthern.com.au with your views and I’ll publish them here.

Cheers,

Nick