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"All constitutions seek to articulate, with differing degrees of intensity and detail, the shared aspirations of a nation; the values which bind its people; and which discipline its government and its national institutions; the basic premises upon which judicial, legislative and executive power is to be wielded; the constitutional limits and the conditions upon which that power is to be exercised; and the moral and ethical direction which that nation has identified for its future." Kate O'Regan, Judge of the Constitutional Court, South Africa

This is a constitution for the digital age - a set of principles which defines this new nation, but not set in stone. 'Writing the constitution' involved ranking the propositions, as well as submitting them, by liking or disliking. You can browse the Nowheriesland constitution by date, popularity or category below. Ranking ceased at midnight on Sunday 9th September. 

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Buy the Nowhereisland Constitution poster - a selection of 150 propositions

John Tusa Art

No child will be denied a full education in the arts at their widest.

54 Dislike 13

 

John Tusa Art

Every child will be read to each night.

287 Dislike 34

 

John Tusa Art

Every school will start its day by singing songs together.

17 Dislike 34

 

John Tusa Art

Every young person will be able to learn a musical instrument so they can – if they wish – play in public or with others.

85 Dislike 11

 

John Tusa Art

Education establishments will base teaching on the knowledge and belief that the arts benefit learning of every kind.

39 Dislike 14

 

John Tusa

Every child will have the opportunity to look, learn, listen and make.

62 Dislike 12

 

John Tusa Art

Every pupil will learn about the traditions on which contemporary arts practice is based.

21 Dislike 8

 

John Tusa Art

Every teacher will be qualified to communicate enthusiasm for and knowledge of more than one art form.

26 Dislike 7

 

John Tusa

No school or educational establishment will divide its teaching into either the sciences or the humanities.

21 Dislike 13

 

John Tusa

Every child will have time in its curriculum to do nothing and learn how to be bored.

46 Dislike 13

 

John Tusa Art

All higher education and all arts venues will integrate their learning and performance activities.

2 Dislike 19

 

John Tusa Art

All government policy will be based on the assumption that healthy and vibrant communities are centred around the arts.

29 Dislike 14

 

John Tusa Art

All government policy will address education and the arts in the same department.

8 Dislike 12

 

John Tusa Art

No government will regard the arts and education as the workhorses of business and commerce.

24 Dislike 11

 

John Tusa Art

No government will tell education and the arts that they should be “like businesses” or “more business-like”.

33 Dislike 12

 

John Tusa Art

All arts organisations will accept full responsibility for running themselves efficiently and effectively.

15 Dislike 10

 

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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

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