Posted 14th March by Ed Foster
On 9th March NR+P held an intimate arts funding symposium in the offices of Clifford Chance in Amsterdam. It was designed to address some of the financial challenges facing the cultural sector in the Netherlands and offer practical examples of accelerating private income.
Posted 15 Feb 2011 by Jack Brooks
Earlier this month, Google opened up seventeen galleries to the World Wide Web in a project called Google Art Project. The project has created a digital platform to observe artwork from across the globe, artwork from galleries such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, and Tate Britain, London. Nicholas Serota, Director at the Tate, sees that the project ‘gives us a taste of the digital future for museums’. Indeed, Google want to use this digital platform to make art more readily available and to promote the galleries involved. However, is it that simple? And has Google achieved their targets?
Yesterday, leaders from cultural organisations across the UK gathered at the National Theatre with Mission Models Money, and the Cultural Leadership Programme for the Culture Change Conference. With an assortment of speakers, from Ed Vaizey – Culture Minister to Cat Harrison - Artsadmin trainee, we enjoyed an interesting exchange of ideas and approaches to how we might renew missions, reconfigure business model and revise our approaches to money. The atmosphere was positive, generous and collaborative as delegates grappled with what the future may look like and how we can build resilience. What follows, is an overview of the key points taken away from the day.
The State of the Arts conference was organised to ‘bring together a wide range of creative voices to debate the value and purpose of the arts at a time of significant change’. There was certainly debate and analysis, but whether there was a wide range of delegates or any progress made on the topic was questionable. Rather, it was an opportunity to share, justify, reflect, defend and reassure. Or as Prof. Phil Redmond CBE said at the outset: “a group therapy session”.
The cultural sector in 2011 is confronted by unprecedented challenges. Cuts from all angles have been reported with dramatic rhetoric, such as ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and a ‘blitzkrieg’ on the arts. But not enough has so far been reported about the positive steps organisations are taking to building resilience.
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