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We are seeking others to help develop a CDF application for a symposium/exploratory event around the theme of cultural democracy.

Arts Council England recently published its ‘Cultural Democracy in Practice’ report, sparking debate in professional and academic circles:https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication/cultural-democracy-practice

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/arts-council-sparks-controversy-practical-guide-cultural-democracy

We are developing an event that brings together some of the key players in this debate. This includes industry professionals, artists, activists and academics. So far, agreed in principle, speakers include:

ACE CEO Darren Henley - https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/users/darren-henley

Dr Steven Hadley - https://www.theaudienceagency.org/our-team/steven-hadley

Dr Stephen Pritchard - http://colouringinculture.org       http://culturaldemocracy.uk

Prof Elenore Belfiore - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/socialsciences/staff/eleonora-belfiore

Stella Duffy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Duffy

Peter Stark - http://www.gpsculture.co.uk/authors.php

Mohammed Ali - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aerosolarabic

The event will explore issues relating to;

  • Equality of access to cultural production and consumption
  • Cultural Value 
  • Methods of distributing cultural resources
  • The role of artists in social contexts/public life – instrumental, aesthetic etc
  • Role of grassroots creative practice in relation to cultural policy

This project has 4 core aims

To gather a range of perspectives, opinions and approaches to the distribution of cultural value.

To explore the practicability of cultural democracy.

To connect the M3C/M4C academic research community with cultural workers and public at neighborhood level.

  1. To stimulate collaborative approaches to cultural production at neighborhood level.

This is a draft sketch to get started. We welcome ideas and involvement of others to help us develop the event further.

If this is relevant to your research and/or you would like to be involved, please contact martin.cox@mail.bcu.ac.uk