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Last week on 22nd June, the day before the referendum, Jon Price delivered the keynote of ENCATC’s 6th policy debate focusing on our current AHRC funded research into Cultural Leadership and the place of the artist. We attended this Day of Cultural Leadership on the invitation of ENCATC, the European network of cultural management and policy. ENCATC is one of four partners in our current research within OTE including Creative Scotland and Clore Leadership Foundation.

Professor Annick Schramme of University of Antwerp’s Management School and President of ENCATC skillfully threaded the key issues of the debate that included a panel of discussants from the arts and cultural organisations: Koen Broucke, artist; Jan Bloeman, Managing Director of the Arts Centre Z33, Hasselt, Belgium; Phillip Dietachmair, Programme Manager Tandem Cultural Managers’ Exchange, Amsterdam; Sue Kay, cultural sector researcher from England and Marjolein Verhallen, Leadership in Culture (LinC) project, University of Utrecht. Artists, leaders of cultural and arts organisations from across ENCATC’s 40 member countries as well as policy officers in the European Commission joined the discussion.

Looking back, this was a poignant moment in the UK’s relationship with Europe. It marked one of many extraordinary opportunities to engage in discussion with European partners, widening our horizon of understanding across national borders, expertise and experience. This opportunity for debate now seems remarkably precious.
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How wolves change rivers

Mary Bourne highlighted this amazing short film.  We are only just beginning to understand the complexity of interactions between different living things in any system.  Wolves are not just top predators, it’s not just survival of the fittest, systems are not simple cause and effect, physics is not the correct metaphor.

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Notes from Spectres of Evaluation Conference, : Rethinking Art, Community, Value. 6-7 February, Melbourne 2014 Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne and Footscray Community Arts Centre

Photo credit: Sophie Hope

Photo credit: Sophie Hope

Notes from Spectres of Evaluation Conference: Rethinking Art, Community, Value. 6-7 February, Melbourne 2014

Centre for Cultural partnerships,

Faculty of the VCA and MCM, The University of Melbourne with Footscray Community Arts Centre

This conference was a milestone in a three year research project on the evaluation of arts interventions in social contexts and communities. The PI, Lachlan McDowell, who is also the Head of the Centre for Cultural Partnerships (CCP), described the research as moving beyond evaluation as advocacy, exploring both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in ways that captured value and that are also critical, addressing the potential harm of artistic intervention. The research also positions community cultural practice in relation both to a global arena and in relation to so called ‘high art’. The area of Community and Cultural Development in Australia embraces social art practice, community art and socially engaged art and this complexity was reflected in the conference participants.

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A response to ‘Are dialogic and relational aesthetics relevant to all participatory and co-creative practitioners?’

This excellent piece (Chris Fremantle’s blog 6.1.2014) frames the debate on participation and co-creation in art and design as a priviledging of process (over product) and social concerns (over artistic concerns). This presupposes in some way a radical break with what has gone before that might have particular relevance at this point in time to design, architecture and new media.

There is without question a perceived ‘Social Turn’ in art (Lind 2005/6, Bishop 2006/12, Jackson 2011) and this is frequently articulated as a concern with process and the social (Bishop 2004). However, to play devil’s advocate for a moment (as Claire Bishop herself suggests in 2012), how are these concerns not true of all art and any time? Have artists not always situated their practices within the social? In what sense is this set of concerns a new endeavour, a turn in direction from what went before?

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Mcgeorge Fellowship, University of Melbourne

Anne Douglas has been invited by the Centre of Cultural Partnerships (CCP), University of Melbourne to focus and consolidate  work on her two most recent research projects: Artist as Leader (2007-2009) and Improvisation and Experimental Knowledge (2010-2012) through the University’s Macgeorge Fellowship programme. The research will lead to a book manuscript, Leading through Arts Practice (provisional title). Aspects of its development will evolve in  collaboration with the Centre, working in partnership with Dr James Oliver, Coordinator of Graduate Research. The fellowship will take place from 1st February 2014 for eight weeks.

Time of the Clock and Time of the Encounter

2 leaves mirror image

Sounding Drawing establishes an encounter between music and the visual arts and between time and space working with artists and musicians from Belgium and Scotland. Where music is unequivocally time based, drawing is situated at a point of tension between time and space. Drawing is both an object and a process. In grasping the difference, how can we engage with each point of view towards a co-creation? How can we share what we create in ways that open up further participation and new, richer ideas about time and experience?

In this work we are not seeking to present a completed body of work but starting points for exploration and dialogue extending the experimentation through new encounters with participants, viewers and audiences.

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Shifting Cultures of Expertise Seminar

Gray’s School of Art Research. Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen, Scotland. UK.

Is the culture of expertise gaining importance or losing its place in society?

Is it evolving into a more complex culture of co-authoring?

Photo by ttstam on Flick

10am – 4.30pm   13th June 2012

Event funded by Institute for Innovation, Design & Sustainability Research

Keynote speakers:

Dr Amanda Ravetz Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Amanda Ravetz is a visual anthropologist with expertise in the theories and practices of observational cinema; and the interdisciplinary connections between anthropology and art.

Dr Johan Siebers Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire.

Johan Siebers is a philosopher, specializing in the history of German 19th and 20th century thought, speculative philosophy and the philosophy of communication and culture. [Read more…]

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Woodend Barn, Banchory

Understanding Change: Connecting Communities through the Arts.

Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Helen Smith, founder director of Waygood Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, has been successfully appointed as the doctoral researcher at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, working in collaboration with Woodend Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire and the Centre of Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School.

She embarked on this research in October 2011.

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Experiential knowledge and improvisation

Kathleen Coessens and Catherine Laws September 2010, Orpheus Institute Ghent, playing Kurtag's Jatekok (Games)

Experiential knowledge and improvisation: Variations on movement, motion, emotion

This paper was presented by Anne Douglas and Kathleen Coessens at the EKSIG Conference, University of the Creative Arts 23rd and 24th July, 2011.

Anne Douglas, Grays School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK and Orpheus Research Center in Music, Ghent, Belgium

Kathleen Coessens, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels and Orpheus Research Center in Music, Ghent, Belgium

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Movement and Moment: in between Discreteness and Continuity

This paper was presented at Bodies in Movement: Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 28-29 May 2011.

It will be published in a special issue of the Somatechnics Journal, University of Edinburgh Press entitled Somatechnics of Movement early 2014.

Movement and Moment: in between Discreteness and Continuity

Kathleen Coessens and Anne Douglas

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