How can the arts get involved with the pressing need for social change? How do we engage audiences to contribute to a resilient transition into an upgraded world? And what, in practical terms, do we need to change to be successful?
If you are interested in political, institutional or artistic leadership challenges in the arts and culture sector, this is a conference for you!
During the conference our speakers and guests will explore the different perspectives of “Audience", “Artists”, “Institutions" and “Leadership” and see what kind of possibilities and challenges they offer for the future.
See you in Gothenburg!
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Arts & Audiences is a Nordic cross-sector meeting point for cultural leaders, artists, artistic directors, curators, producers, learning managers, communication managers, cultural architects and strategists who want to find new ways to extend and expand audience engagement.
Registration with Coffee
To establish the theme – Leading transition – and to set us off, we will explore different perspectives on leadership challenges for a culture sector in transition. We will consider both the every day thresholds and get a sense of the systemic interplay that will either enhance or make change difficult.
Kristin Danielsen, Director General, Arts Council Norway
Developing cultural leadership - an essential European challenge
Chris Torch, Program Director Intercult/ Europa Direkt Intercult, Sweden
Artistic development and transformative structures
Magdalena Malm, Director General, Public Art Agency Sweden
Snack buffé and coffee
Spaces for Inclusion
What happens when ”the people formerly known as the audience” take centre position in artistic development? Who makes the offer and who is the storyteller? With a quick set of examples from the Nordics we re-examine the re-construction of social relevance, artistic quality and meaning.
Carl-Oscar Sjögren, Artistic director and initiator, The Non Existent Center, Ställberg, Sweden
The importance of being earnest
Vibeke Flesland Havre, Artistic director & Trond Stensland, storyteller, Folket Festspillsscene, Bergen International Festival, Norway
Stretching legs with coffee
Artistic strategies for relevance
The movement is evolving rapidly. Socially engaged art and participatory art practices in Europe are ever finding new contexts and areas of expressions. What are the social and political implications? How do communities in transition transform the arts and the very idea and meaning of being an artist?
Jo Parkes, Choreographer and Film Artist, Berlin, Germany
Art in transition
Sandra Trienekens, dr and culture sociologist, The Netherlands & Wouter Hillaert, theatre critic, Belgium
End of day one
Optional off program
Bubbles and Mingle in Vinterträdgården
– hosted by The Cultural Affairs Committee, the region of Västra Götaland
A curated dinnerparty in three acts
A saloon, a place for dialogue, reflections and magic
Hang out at Post
Leading institutions towards resilience and relevance
When society is in transition, when audiences and artists seek new ways to engage with the arts - how does it affect the institutions and what new challenges must leaders and executives deal with in leading their institutions towards resilience and relevance? How can leaders make institutions move?
Staying Edgy - Ensuring institutional relevance with the help of everyone
Lynn Scarff, director Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
The future proof institution
Julie Aldrige, CEO Arts Marketing Association, Cambridge, UK
Center for the Art of Doing Something About It
Deborah Cullinan, CEO Yerba Center for the Arts, San Fransisco, USA
Stretching legs with coffee
Leading institutions towards resilience and relevance (continued)
A lounge conversation on stage with Q&A:s led by Anne Torreggiani, CEO The Audience Agency, London, UK
Navigating change and resistance
Challenging power structures is not expected anywhere to be a walk in the park and that goes for the arts as well. In this session we will hear a few personal stories, from different parts of Europe, about trying to give the public creative voice and space, how to find new positions and perhaps unexpected ways of collaboration.
Participatory arts and structures of power
Chris Baldwin, Curator, European City of Culture 2016, Wroclaw Poland
3 x Trans Europe Halles:
Giving voice and space to the public
Coffee with snackbuffé
The Leadership we need
For a long time the concept of cultural democracy have been informing the culture policies of Europe. One may wonder just how successful such ambitions have been and we may ask ourselves just how the creative interplay of policy, institutional and artistic leadership must be designed in the future to succeed.
The Copernican revolution of Culture Policy
Steven Hadley, Queens University, Belfast, North Ireland
Andrea Phillips, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden
End of day two
Post Bar After
Conference hang out at Nordabaren
Clarion Hotel Post (venue for the conference – discounted hotel)
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Anne has 25 years experience in the cultural sector, as audience development director for UK arts companies (including Stratford East, West Yorks Playhouse and LIFT ), and then as a consultant, facilitator and adviser (including for agencies such as Arts Council England, the European Commission, British Council and a wide range of cultural organisations as diverse as Tate, Manchester International Festival and National Theatre). Read more about Anne
Petra Johansson has been working for many years using the moving image as her starting point as filmmaker and curator. She has worked for art institutions such as Nordiska Akvarellmuseet (The Nordic Watercolour Museum) and Borås Konstmuseum (Borås Art Museum), and also curated video art programs for the international Göteborg Film Festival. Petra Johansson has since 2011 a Master’s degree as curator for film and video at Akademin Valand (The Valand Academy) in Gothenburg. As of 2013, she has been working as art consultant at Kultur i Väst, commissioned to promote art in the region of Västra Götaland. Read more about Petra
Amanda Mogensen is assistant manager director of the cultural center Mejeriet in Lund. She is a communications strategist and has extensive experience in managing and developing communication and organizational work within the political and non-profit organizations. During the super election year of 2014 in Sweden, she was Chief Executive for the Swedish feminist party's (Feministiskt initiativ) election campaign. Read more about Amanda
Andrea writes and lectures internationally about construction of publics and markets within contemporary art, the manipulation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganisation within artistic and curatorial culture. Andrea will argue that moving beyond the division between artist and audiences has significant implications for the practices and politics of leadership. Read more about Andrea.
Birgitta Persson is the Secretary General of Trans Europe Halles, a Europe based network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists and a board member of several arts organisations in Sweden. She is the initiator and motor behind several international capacity building projects supporting participatory leadership in the cultural sector. Read more about Birgitta.
The art group The non existent Center runs Ställberg Mine, an arena for contemporary art and thought in Ljusnarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen. Ställberg´s 28 meter high mining tower is the basis for international residences, festival, workshops and exhibitions. The critical relationships between centralised cities and the countryside play a central role, as well as the movements of “escape”. We ask: What are the potentials of working with an expanded view of art as ongoing social and political processes? And how does geography and power structures relate to these processes? Read more about Carl.
With the huge ECoC-project as a back-drop Chris will be talking about how a participatory approach to the arts challenges cultural institutions to think about the very nature of their role and function in society, about clashes of leadership cultures and the sorts of questions an artistic leader must be prepared to deal with in a culture in transition. Read more about Chris.
It has become obvious for many that the missing ingredient in the European Project is culture. There is an exploding need for cultural leadership: producers, policymakers, innovators, team builders. It is human-structure we lack, even when infra-structure is in place. Building the capacity to design/manage cultural encounters and shared space is an essential step in re-inventing the European Project. Read more about Chris.
Deborah Cullinan joined Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as CEO in September 2013. With her stewardship, YBCA has sharpened its mission and vision; regrounding the organization in its origins as a citizen institution and San Francisco’s premiere art center built by the community, for the community. Fostering a "culture of invitation"; Cullinan brings together creative citizens of all kinds to spur social change. Prior to joining YBCA, Deborah served as the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts for 17 years. She is a co-founder of ArtsForum SF, and a member of the Board of California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, MissionHub, and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust. Read more about Deborah.
Elli Papakonstantinou is an artist, theatre director and founder of Vyrsodepseio as well as the international performing arts company ODC Ensemble in Athens, Greece. She is also member at board directors of Greek National Television (ERT). During the crisis in Greece, Elli engaged herself beyond her "usual" role as theatre director and artist to become politically engaged entrepreneur and connector of different actors in society. Read more about Elli.
How are arts and cultural organisations adapting in order to remain relevant and resilient in an ever-changing world? Julie will share stories from a range of arts and cultural organisations internationally, sharing insights about how they are seeking to advance their artistic vision, while also ensuring a financially viable future. She will use the ‘business model canvas’ to sketch out a number of different models and ideas that are currently being explored within the arts. And will share a few thoughts and top tips about how to review your own model and start to consider how you might innovate around this to drive a vibrant, successful future. Read more about Julie.
Kristin Danielsen originally trained as a dancer at the Norwegian Ballet Academy and Ballet Arts/Broadway Dance Centre in New York. Later she took an MA in Arts Management at City University in London focussing on international cultural relations. She was Project Manager at Visiting Arts, Managing Director at Black Box Theatre, Managing Director at Ny Musikk and Director at MIC, the Music Information Centre in Oslo. She was also partner in Danielsen Kroepelien Arts Management and Director at the Deichman Public Library in Oslo. Kristin has been a guest lecturer at the BI in Oslo and the Tromsø University teaching arts management and audience development. From August 15th she is Director og the Norwegian Arts Council. Read more about Kristin.
How do we make sure we are relevant to our audiences and connected into their interests and concerns, and even more crucially, how do you build capacity within your organization so it enables this as a core concept of how we work? It requires a leadership style that is participative and responsive, keeping a careful balance between new relationships and ensuring there is not a case of mission drift. Read more about Lynn.
Magdalena will be talking about audience development that is based on artistic relevance, and how responsiveness to the development of the art field is vital in institutional regeneration. Magdalena has previous experience of founding and running an independent art platform, as well as leading a government cultural institution through transformation. With this knowledge, she will be reflecting on the importance of how cultural policies are articulated to enable development in arts organisations. Read more about Magdalena.
Is there a new era dawning in Europe, in which horizontal cooperation and networking between culture and other fields of society gains a foothold? In our presentation Wouter Hillaert and I explore two examples. One is the Belgian civil movement Heart over Hard. The second is a Dutch initiative in which local artists and arts organization are taking the lead in re-evaluating policy and budget structures at the municipal level. We conclude our talk with our joint manifesto “Art in transition. Manifesto for Participatory Art Practices. Read more about Sandra.
Steven Hadley, PhD, was Chief Executive of Audiences Northern Ireland before he took up his current position at Queens University Belfast, where he conducts research and lectures on the Arts Management and Cultural Policy MA. Steven will be talking about how the issue of democratic access – and thus audience development – is the major leadership challenge which the arts sector faces today. He argues that we don't need more or better audience development, rather we need a fundamental change – a leadership change – in how we understand audience development within the context of cultural policy and how we articulate its relationship to ideas around democratic access to arts and culture. Read more about Steve.
Does citizen-theatre have any artistic value? How can you measure the quality of citizen-theatre? Is it possible to enhance audience development and still maintain artistic freedom and artistic growth? Read more about Vibeke.
Is there a new era dawning in Europe, in which horizontal cooperation and networking between culture and other fields of society gains a foothold? In our presentation Sandra Trienekens and I explore two examples. One is the Belgian civil movement Heart over Hard. The second is a Dutch initiative in which local artists and arts organization are taking the lead in re-evaluating policy and budget structures at the municipal level. We conclude our talk with our joint manifesto “Art in transition. Manifesto for Participatory Art Practices. Read more about Wouter.
The venue, Clarion Hotel Post, brings you right into the centre of Gothenburg. Everything in one place. Clarion Hotel Post is a trendy hotel set in a former post office built in 1925 with a modern gray addition. It's a 2-minute walk from Göteborg Central Station, a 15-minute walk from the shops of Kungsportsavenyn and 2 km from the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre.
There's free breakfast. There are also 2 bars and 2 hip restaurants serving Swedish fusion cuisine. Other amenities include a rooftop pool, a spa, a fitness center and a living room.
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For any registration queries or changes please contact Conference & Education Centre
SEK 1.795 excluding 25% VAT (May 2 - August 1)
SEK 2.495 excluding 25% VAT (August 2 - October 1)
SEK 2.795 excluding 25% VAT (October 2 - October 25)
Three person or more:
SEK 1.495 excluding 25% VAT (May 2 - August 1)
SEK 2.195 excluding 25% VAT (August 2 - October 1
Arts & Audiences are offering discounts tickets for 500 kr to make it possible for freelancers and students from Sweden to attend the conference. This offer is intended to support artists and students in the field of participatory arts for whom the conference costs are a barrier to attending.
The support includes: a ticket, lunch, fika and a 3-course networking dinner. To be eligible for a discount ticket you must meet the criteria. To be eligible for a discount ticket you must meet the criteria. Use the registration form to apply.
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET:
The conference starts at 13.00 on November 7th and ends November 8t at 16.00. The conference include a 3-course networking dinner on. The days also includes side events with opportunities to explore and enjoy Gothenburg, a city in transition. You may look forward to meeting colleagues for a day and a half, enjoying internationally acclaimed keynotes, and sharing your own thoughts in thematic breakouts. 7 keynotes, 4 curators, 1 artistic act, 1 moderator. Coffee, lunch and 3-course dinner, bubbles and buffé included.
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Kultur i Väst is the region's cultural administration and manages development work under the authority of the Cultural Affairs Committee. We have been commissioned to strengthen and develop the role of culture and forms of art in Västra Götaland and to initiate investments based on the strategic cultural policy objectives. This work involves creating the prerequisites for evenly distributed cultural activities from a geographical, content and social perspective. Our objective is for accessibility, equality, diversity and internationalization to characterize the development of the cultural sector.
RePublik - Audiences Sweden - is a centre for audience development and engagement. We promote increased and widened participation in the public culture sector and support the development of diverse and audience centered culture organisations. With a special focus on leadership and artistic practices, building on the experience and knowledge of our partners, we aim to make visible the great variety of approaches to audience centered development and engagement. We believe that sharing experiences and good practice among different artistic and cultural fields will stimulate further development and strengthen innovative cultural leadership.
Together with partners in Sweden, Scandinavia and beyond, we aim to develop the services best needed to support and join forces with the many transformative efforts that are made in organisations and institutions, big and small, every day.
RePublik - Audiences Sweden - is a part of Kultur i Väst and Region Västra Götaland.
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