Barbara Steveni and John Latham founded the British Artist Placement Group in the 1960s for precisely this purpose. An initiative that triggered an incredible dynamic that we need to revisit. In 2004, Peter Saville, who designed memorable covers for Joy Division’s albums for Factory Records, was appointed Creative Director of the city Manchester, revitalising the city and helping to set up the Manchester International Festival, that I’ve collaborated with - possibly the most dynamic and international festival in Europe. It’s a lesson other cities could learn from. Now Manchester’s building The Factory, designed by OMA, founded by Rem Koolhaas: the headquarters of the festival and art centre. Post Covid, it’s crucial to reposition artists – in the broadest sense: also writers, poets, designers – putting them back at the centre. We’re living through special times in which Utopia is possible.