The world contemporary art community is a big, vibrant, diverse, dynamic, positive, one. It is also a community that pushes and cajoles, that asks difficult questions and provides examples of different thinking. It is a community full of a jumble of ideas and ambitions for the betterment of the human species, full of people who question everything around them, from sexuality to religion, from politics to the environment. If anyone can change the world for the better, to get more individuals to see and develop personal self-expression, which is one of the greatest forms of personal development, it will be the art community.
However, this is a community that needs to be much more than a wave of positivity, a series of ripples that constantly question the status quo, as great as that is. This is a community of individuals, individuals who matter. The art community has its success stories, those artists that are in the full glare of the media, those artists that have eight houses, fifteen cars, whatever! But it is also full of artists that struggle, there are in fact a rising number of young emerging artists that are literally homeless, that just isn't right.
We need as a community, to be able to support artists within that community. We need to be able to do as much as we can to strengthen this community, our community. We need support networks that work. If we have a homeless artist, then an artist nearby should have a couch ready, a warm meal, good conversation. Wealthier artists should be buying the work of poorer artists. There should be more group exhibitions with the mixing of established and emerging artists work. There should be more spontaneous events, more happenings, more conversations, more discussions, more laughter and friendship. Less my career, more collaboration.
Much of this is easily done. You don't need huge amounts of money, you don't need government investment. What you do need is for artists to help each other. If we are a community, then we should be showing it. No artist should be out on the streets, no artist should be hungry, that should be a standard set by each of us, for all of us.