A Civic Role for Arts Organisations: Partnerships, People and Power Dynamics

13:00 – 17:00
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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What does it mean to play a civic role? For some arts organisations, it is at the heart of their mission and practice; others think it is not relevant. Communities are questioning whether the public money that arts organisations receive is benefiting local people; there are hard questions to be asked and there are no easy answers.

Following the two year Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) is working with partners across the country to support a series of conferences. Together we will share experiences, discuss, debate and imagine the significance of a civic role for arts organisations and the relevance they hold within their communities. Speakers will share the innovative, sometimes radical, ways in which they are developing their arts organisation's civic role.

Who is this event for?

This is for all those interested in relevance and a civic role for arts organisations: directors, trustees, programmers and staff members of arts organisations and the artists they work with.

People from other fields that work with arts organisations, such as the health and well being sector, the charity sector, universities and government are also warmly welcome.

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