Miliband was there to address his position on the arts. Harriet Harmen and Chris Bryant were there in support, and the audience included Anish Kapoor, Bonnie Greer, as well as a number of art organisations.
John Kampfner's introduction drew on some interesting and vital points about culture, stating it as a "super power".
Ed Miliband's speech dealt with issues such as art in education, pledging to strengthen it, mentioning that schools would need to include creative subjects if they wanted an " "outstanding" Ofsted rating".
He stated the need to push for apprenticeships and also highlighted that the arts be accessible evenly across the country, promising throughout his speech, to "put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the next Labour government's mission". Miliband revealed that he could not foresee a reversal of cuts, but a belief of art to be a "universal entitlement to many" and creating a better society through the arts was de rigueur. Furthermore he expressed that if elected, a Prime Minister's Committee on the arts will be created, as well as confidently explaining that he didn't "believe culture belongs to just one department" in government. He also acknowledged the challenges that Sir Peter Bazalgette raised in his important and momentous speech on diversity, leadership in the arts.
Both David Judd, artistic director of the Battersea Arts Centre, and Ed Miliband mentioned the Battersea Arts Centre's inscription of "not for you, not for me, but for us". Fitting for the tone of the evening.
During the Q&A section the audience raised some interesting points on arts and foreign policy, creative learning versus targets, as well as the Industrial Policy for the creative sector. Certainly many of these topics need too, to be looked at in detail.
Arts for all, the suggested hashtag for the evening, are words, and beliefs that all parties should look to, how it can or will be achieved is to be seen.
Though much rests on politics, putting politics aside for a second, with wonderful art organisations across the country, dedicated people to the arts, lovers of art and culture in all fields, good things can surely happen!
So many questions and thoughts....
What do you think on the subjects touched upon that evening?