Connor Milligan: “Art brings a sense of free will to my life”

Poet Connor Milligan talks about his role in creating Last Place On Earth

What’s your artistic background?

Tell us about your practice now – what’s the most satisfying thing? The most challenging? How has it evolved?
The most satisfying thing for me about poetry is to write down what I feel I need to say but in a completely other way. I guess the most challenging thing would be to make it good and for people to understand where I’m coming from. My poetry will evolve over time.

What made you want to be a part of Future 20?
I thought the opportunity were too good to miss up. I wanted to meet people with the same mind set as me. I also wanted to get into the whole art scene and I thought Future 20 would be a good place to start.

What’s the most exciting part of this brief for you?
Showing people what we’ve been planning for a long time and hoping they’ll learn and enjoy what we’ve done.

What do you think art brings to your life?
Art brings a sense of free will to my life. It gives me tools to know and express my identity.

We’re living in very unusual times – how do you think art can help us deal with that?
Art can help you forget or it can help you to be reminded.

What’s your biggest artistic ambition?
To get published as a poet.

Future 20 is a year-long project – how has that affected your practice?
It’s made me want to write more and get invited with other people from different disciplines.

What role do you think the arts should play in building the future?
It should take a serious role in the future. Everything we See and touch is because of art. I don’t think we’d be here today if it wasn’t for art.