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The Institute's Autumn public programme is Art, Imagination and Public Service.

Our beliefs, perceptions and feelings determine the way we see the world and how we respond to it. They sit underneath our decisions and actions, influencing them even as we seek to apply reason and rationality to all we do. They are subtle policy drivers. Art and imagination speak to our inner selves more powerfully than evidence and analysis, so would a dialogue with the arts help policy makers? Would it usefully soften an overly utilitarian approach to public service, or would it only undermine tried and tested ways of working, replacing them with nothing constructive?

Art, Imagination and Public Service will explore these questions by bringing public servants into conversation with visual artists, poets and musicians.

Upcoming events

The One People Oration

Monday, 21st October 2019

| The Abbey | Free, booking required

Envisioning Justice: the painter and the judge

Tuesday, 5th November 2019

| Lady Chapel | Free, booking required

Bureaucracy should be beautiful: the musician and the permanent secretary

Tuesday, 12th November 2019

| Lady Chapel | Free, booking required

Ruling from the Heart: the poet and the cabinet minister

Tuesday, 19th November 2019

| Lady Chapel | Free, booking required

Symposium: Art as Public Service

Wednesday, 27th November 2019

| Cheyneygates | Free, booking required

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