Writing Task 2 – Art and Sport- Answer – wb180716

Some people believe that the funds from the government should be used for supporting the art and sports education rather than for holding professional art and sports competitions.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant  examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

It is argued by some that government money is better spent on art and sport education instead of competitions in these areas. The following essay will describe my thoughts on this.

Initially, I would like to clarify to those that do not believe in competition that we are, by nature, highly competitive. It is of course very important that education is properly funded however, certainly with sports activities if there is no competition to challenge your ability and potentially improve it, then what’s the point? Competitions such as the Olympic Games not only can allow individual athletes to compete against each other in a relatively friendly manner but also enable nations to do the same.

Art is a different matter. I personally do not know of any art competitions but, and certain that they must exist. For me, and I believe most people, art is a subjective thing. Someone who enjoys looking at Renaissance art might despise Picasso, and vice versa. Therefore, I can understand more why art education may be more important than competition. Art can be enjoyed by all, revered by some and hated by others. Who is to say that my decision for a piece of art winning a competition is better than those that would disagree with me.

Overall, I would have to say I disagree with the statement. Sport by its very nature is competitive and, to be honest, I have a feeling the art world might be too. But whereas sport will always have a clear winner and loser, art is a little bit more difficult to judge.

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