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London: The Epicentre for the Arts?

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

A SHORT ARTICLE by Ewan A. Keenan |

London, a population of nine million weird and wonderful people. Renowned for its' museums and galleries, ever growing art scene and unreal nightlife. But should artists really call it quits in the Capital and head North?

I was fortunate enough to have studied a Fine Art Painting degree in London for three years. I learnt so much living here and certainly never fell short of references for my work. The amount of independent and state-owned galleries in the capital is astonishing, I was still learning about new ones even towards the end of my three years there. I always asked myself whether it is essential to be in London as an artist or whether a studio somewhere else in the country is a better option.

As young artists, we are constantly being told that it is very tough to be an independent creative in the Capital today, but why does London need to be the only option for creatives? Rather than having a narrow point of view, why not look to other cities as options such as Leeds, Manchester or even a small town? Yes, they may not have the huge amounts of galleries but what's to say this won't change if more artists congregate to these places in the coming years? You could literally be in a shed in a field in Lincolnshire and as long as there's a Wifi connection and enough space to paint, you can show your art to the world. With modern technology, the benefits of social media and easy communication, it has never been a better time to be an artist.

This short article is not criticising London, in fact London in my opinion is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Instead, it is showing young artists that there are other great places to be a creative today. Living outside of London means less hours in another job and more time painting, less money to pay on rent and more money for beers and art supplies, less time being in a crowded underground and more time walking in clean air. How can you say no to this?

I look forward to hearing your views and whether you disagree or agree with what I have to say in this short article.

If you have any topics you would like me to discuss for the next article, please do get in touch.

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