What If? Reimagining the Role of Cultural Institutions as Agencies of Change in Cities

Andrew Barnett, Claire Doherty, Patrick Fox, David Jubb, Sally Tallant and Evie Manning

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The significance of the civic role arts and culture play in our cities is undisputed. What remains unresolved is the extent to which the conventions of our nineteenth-century cultural institutions – the gallery, the museum, the theatre, the concert hall – remain the structures around which we might build newly relevant, bolder and more inclusive programmes. This event, led by Arnolfini, bring together cultural leaders, artists and producers who are testing out new ways of programming, collaborating, and effecting change. Speakers include: Andrew Barnett (director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Patrick Fox (director, Heart of Glass, St Helens), David Jubb (CEO and artistic director, Battersea Arts Centre, London), Evie Manning (co-artistic director, Common Wealth) and Sally Tallant (director, Liverpool Biennial). Chaired by Claire Doherty (director, Arnolfini; founder director, Situations).

The two discussion sessions will give an opportunity to reflect on provocations for new cultural leadership in our cities.

Sessions run 10:00–11:30 and 12:00–13:30.

Image: participant from Elmfield School in Theaster Gates, Sanctum, Bristol 2015, credit: Max McClure.

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