Foster carers will at some point be challenged to get the paints out – especially if it’s a wet afternoon. But do we need the Arts? If we do, how do they fit into a world where social media dominates. Questions that might not immediately spring to the mind of a foster carer trying to make sure the paint stays on the paper and not on the walls. And who said that fostering a child would not entail a riot of colour – mostly not always where you wanted it? But as to the function of ‘Art’: this is a question that has engaged the minds of philosophers, art historians, psychologists, writers – and probably those foster parents clearing up after toddlers – since the dawn of time. Or not long after!

However the question is posed, it’s most probable that any answer would differ and depend largely upon the era in which someone was living. Quite apart from aesthetic judgements – or preferences – art has been used to convey religious and political messages for centuries….



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