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Culture & Polity: Public Policy

27 Mar 2013

The austerity drive continues to eat into arts funding while the positioning of arts subjects in schools is under review. Join us and the University of East London’s Centre for Cultural Studies to discuss how artists & arts bodies should respond

  • Venue

    Rivington Place

  • Time


  • Admission

    £7 (£5 concession)

This event exploring the question of public policy is presented by the Centre for Cultural Studies Research in association with Iniva.

As the government’s austerity drive continues to whittle away arts funding while ministers question the very value of the arts in an economy mired in recession, how should artists and arts bodies respond? What might a progressive arts policy look like? Is Britain cultural and creative sector under threat, or is it likely to continue to flourish in hard times?

Speaker Biographies

Áine O’Brien:Co-director, Counterpoints Arts
Áine O’Brien is Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, London and leads on creative direction at Pivotal Arts, Dublin. She created the Forum on Migration and Communications and co-founded the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice. Her productions to date (film, print and curation) explore global storylines linking migration, creative documentary and social change.

Cecilia Wee: London Regional Council of Arts Council England.
Cecilia is a curator, writer and broadcaster who produces projects in the fields of experimental sound, performance and visual art practices. A Visiting Lecturer in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, she is also Chair of the Live Art Development Agency, a Council Member of Resonance FM and a member of the Artquest Advisory Board.

Tessa Jackson: Chief Executive Officer, Iniva.
Tessa has over 25 years experience within the visual arts as a gallery director, curator, and consultant on cultural policy and strategic planning in Britain and internationally. Tessa was the founding Artistic Director of Artes Mundi, Wales’ International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize, a role she held from 2002-10. She combined this with running her own consultancy, International Cultural Development. Tessa has curated recent exhibitions by NS Harsha, Chen Chieh-jen and Zineb Sedira.

Chair: Tim Lawrence, co-director, CCSR, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London.

Book online

Book online here. If you have enquiries please call 0207 749 1240 or email bookings@iniva.org.

NB. For a concessionary rate (students, over 60s, unemployed) please enter the promotional code iniva_concession. For group bookings of more than 4 people please contact Rivington Place reception.