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?
The specific topics of the conference are: “Audience in Transition” “Artists in Transition” “Institutions in Transition” and “Leadership in Transition”.
Arts & Audiences 2016 is moderated by Kristin Danielsen, Director of Deichman Library, Oslo. For decades Kristin has been an important voice in the Nordic countries, advocating the importance of audience engagement and institutional change.
If you are interested in political, institutional or artistic leadership challenges in the culture sector, this is a conference for you!
The full programme will be released on September 1st. Until then, follow us on social media to stay updated on the programme. Speakers will be announced continuously.
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This last year has brought to surface many challenges that have been brewing for a long time in our Western societies. To face them, great many issues have to be addressed with fresh eyes and from new perspectives. The need for brave and innovative leadership in all sectors is ever more imperative.
Arts & Audiences 2016 is moderated by Kristin Danielsen. For decades Kristin has been an important voice in the Nordic countries, advocating the importance of audience engagement and institutional change.
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.
Anne will talk about a new form of leadership emerging which is driving cultural organisations to play a more significant civic role and engage with a wider public? If so, what are it’s hallmark characteristics, what impact is it making? How do we build on it?
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). She is a specialist in audience strategy, trends and patterns of public engagement. She works across all artforms and museums and has special interests in non-traditional audiences, contemporary work and organisational change. She is an experienced company director and trustee, and a regular commentator and speaker, delivering keynotes and workshops all over the world. She is an accredited Action Learning facilitator.
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.
Chris will talk about developments and changes are we asking from our cultural leaders? What kind of skills do policymakers, institutional directors and artists need to meet the challenges? Re-directing our resources and re-inventing our missions. Success stories and constructive failures. Concrete examples of Action Cases as gathered and analysed for The European Commission, during a study on audience engagement and approaches (2016) that Intercult participated in together with a small European consortium.
Chris Torch is founder and Senior Associate at Intercult, a production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and the arts. Created in 1996, it is a publically-financed institution, based in Stockholm, managing both a designated Europe Direct office and Access Europa, a platform for cultural organizations in Sweden focusing on international collaboration.
Intercult focuses to a large degree on exchange and co-production with the European Neighborhood, reflected in the long term SEAS project 2003-2010 (www.seas.se) and CORNERS, a complex partnership of organisations at the ”edges of Europe”, 2011-2018 (www.cornersofeurope.org), both financed by the EU Creative Europe program. Torch is presently Program Director for Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture. Apart from large-scale project design, Torch contributes to intercultural policies. He currently serves on the Board of Culture Action Europe. During 2012-2013, he was designated expert to the EU Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group on Cultural Diversity, including 22 EU Member States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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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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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