Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - Editor's Comment -

WHAT would life be like with­out art? Pretty dull, in my view. Art and artists en­rich our lives in ways we don’t al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate. Apart from the works of art that some of us are lucky enough to ac­quire for our homes, the world around us is made more beau­ti­ful and bear­able by the tal­ents of artists. Af­ter all, some­one de­signed the gor­geous con­tainer for your per­fume, the la­bel on your favourite bot­tle of wine, the jazzy pack­ag­ing your ready meal came in, the wall­pa­per you chose for your din­ing room. Is this art? It takes cre­ativ­ity, imag­i­na­tion and special skills to do it, so I think it is.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion of art and mak­ing art is an in­escapable part of be­ing hu­man. Even when we lived in caves we still felt the need to dec­o­rate the walls. It took skill, and it was pretty dark in those caves, so it wasn’t just about adorn­ment. We used a vis­ual medium to tell the story of daily life and leave a record for gen­er­a­tions to come. The legacy we have from those prim­i­tive artists is a price­less pic­ture of our ear­li­est ex­is­tence. Think of more re­cent com­posers, writ­ers and po­ets. Chaucer and Shakespeare con­tinue to help us make sense of our world to­day. Ben­jamin Brit­ten un­der­stood that you can reach peo­ple through mu­sic, and that chil­dren just want to sing. Where am I go­ing with this?

‘The arts are vi­tal to our ex­is­tence . . . part of the way we com­mu­ni­cate, ex­press our­selves, share ex­pe­ri­ences, even sell things’

When times get tough, it’s easy for all arts to be side­lined, deemed low pri­or­ity, an ex­pen­sive lux­ury. Yet the arts are vi­tal to our ex­is­tence. They’re part of the way we com­mu­ni­cate, ex­press our­selves, share ex­pe­ri­ences, even sell things. For all these rea­sons they’re ex­tremely im­por­tant in help­ing peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems and dis­abil­ity. They bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether - just think of how many fes­ti­vals Suf­folk now hosts, bring­ing in valu­able tourism pounds. They raise many thou­sands of pounds for char­ity - Art for Cure is a brilliant ex­am­ple. They help us to be well – you only have to wit­ness how peo­ple with Alzheimers re­spond to mu­sic. There’s been some great work done in en­cour­ag­ing kids to work hard at sci­ence and maths, and rightly so. Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions must de­velop tech­nolo­gies, medicines and knowl­edge that will ben­e­fit hu­man life. My plea is that we con­tinue to give the same em­pha­sis to the arts, so that our chil­dren also be­come artists, writ­ers and com­posers. With­out them, hu­man life will be poorer in ev­ery sense of the word. Jayne Lindill, Ed­i­tor jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

Art gets the mes­sage across . . . Sky Ocean Res­cue’s 10 me­tre plas­tic whale, made of sin­gle-use plas­tics re­cov­ered from the sea, beach cleans and recycling plants, on show at Felixs­towe beach. Photo: Gregg Brown

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