The Griffin Arts Festival 2018 took place from the 25 June – 6 July, and explored the theme ‘Protest: Our voices in the world’.
Any work of art, or creative act, is an act of protest: against the norm, against the ‘old ways’ and sometimes against what is quite blatantly wrong.
It is our duty as educators and protectors of the young to guide them and teach them that often, what is going on in the world is not right. The human race is a work in progress and we need their fresh eyes to reappraise and reconnect. This is what artists do. They look at the world and re-present it in ways which highlight what is not right, while making something of beauty. This is the beginning of protest, and of making things better. Without a community of artists bringing to the fore the injustices and wrongdoings we so often take as the status quo, we might put up with them, and wait for someone else to sort out. Artists remind us there is not time to wait. There is much to fix – and celebrate! – and we’d better get to work protesting to make the world a better place.
The theme was explored across the Griffin Schools Trust not only from an artistic approach, but also from the perspective of community and science at both our Founders Day and Science Symposium last year.