John Holden

Journal article

How we value arts and culture

Culture should no longer be thought of as a set of binary oppositions between elite/popular, refined/debased, individual/mass, high/low. Instead, we need to conceive of culture in three highly interrelated spheres: publicly funded, commercial, and home-made, each with its own definition, gatekeepers and critical discourse. The...

It's a material world: Caring for the public realm

What parts of our culture do we value and want to protect? This pamphlet explores the future of heritage conservation, and why to survive it must involve everyone. The choice of what things to conserve and how to conserve them simultaneously reflects and creates social...
Working paper

Culture and learning consultation paper

In the context of recent government announcements about cultural education, Demos has issued a challenge to cultural professionals and educationalists to provide a new and coherent direction for creative learning and for encouraging creativity through culture. Cultural organisations, the education sector and the wider public...

Publicly-funded culture and the creative industries

Ever since the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Creative Industries Taskforce formulated the concept of the creative industries in 1998, creativity in general, and the industries in particular, have generated significant interest in academia, business, the media and in policymaking. This paper explores...