The arts must reach more people if they are to help our divided society

The Guardian,
11 February 2018, England

Over the past two years, the European referendum and the continuing argument about how we want to see our country evolve have exposed great differences of belief and opportunity in British society. But at a time when the cohesion of society is threatened by visible inequalities in wealth, housing, health and education, the arts provide a place where ideas can be debated, explored and developed and new propositions can be put forward.