What makes something art?

From Dr. James Fox’s Garden Talk “What is art?
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There is no single definition of what makes something art, as the concept of art is highly subjective and varies widely from one person to another. Some people believe that art is any activity or product that expresses ideas, emotions, or experiences through creative or imaginative forms of representation.

Others believe that art must meet certain aesthetic criteria, such as originality, beauty, or emotional impact. Still others believe that art is anything that is created with an artistic vision or intent, regardless of the final product.

Ultimately, what makes something art is down to interpretation and can depend on a wide range of factors, including the context in which it is created, the motivations of the creator, and the way it is perceived by the viewer or society at large. The concept of art is constantly evolving and can be influenced by cultural, social, and historical factors.

Learn more about this with our series “Art & Society”

Art is often used as a medium to convey messages and meaning, not just to entertain & delight. Artists play an important role in reflecting and commentating on the societies in which they live. But how does influence society?

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