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Place, Politics, Power event

On the 8th December 2016 the Inquiry held an event 'Place, Politics, Power: What is the Civic Role of Arts Organisations?' at the RSA to share and check our Phase 1 findings.
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At the event we were joined by over 180 colleagues including the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, What Next? members, Artists who ran commissions, Advisory Panel members and RSA fellows.

Place, Politics, Power: agenda and films


Matthew Taylor  – Chief Executive, RSA

Introduction to the Inquiry

Andrew Barnett – Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

The Inquiry’s first findings

Simeon Yates and Sue Potts – The Institute of Cultural Capital

Context and reactions from the What Next? commissions

Lizzie Crump – National Strategic Lead, What Next?

Audience Q&A

Andrew Barnett, Simeon Yates, Sue Potts, Lizzie Crump

Keynote presentation

Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Break and refreshments

Breakout conversations (five groups)

Semantics: What do you understand by ‘the civic role of arts organisations’?
Practice: How do you identify good practice?
Gaps: What is missing from current practice?
Benefits: What is the meaningful return from developing a stronger civic role?
Missing issues: What have we missed and who are we missing?

Reports from the conversations

Reflections and summary of each conversation

Closing remarks

Andrew Barnett and Lyn Gardner

The event trended on twitter with the hashtag #CivicRoleArts.

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