What does the word ‘culture’ mean to you? Art galleries? Museums? To me, it has always sounded a bit posh, and something that I’m not part of.
At last year’s Love Arts Festival, I was involved in some research with the University of Leeds which aimed to look at culture and what it means to us. It got me thinking.
Maybe culture wasn’t something high-brow and elitist. Maybe it was something I was involved in already. At the time I was taking art classes, joining in with the Central Library’s creative writing group annual collection of short stories, in a choir, and making beaded jewellery. That’s all culture, right? And I’d be going to the cinema, had a museum visit with the writers’ group, an art gallery visit with my painting class, as well as all the visits and events with Love Arts.