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2/10/18

Risks, Rights and Reputations: challenging a risk averse culture 

From the Birmingham Rep to the Royal Court, the BBC to the Tate, many arts and cultural organisations have come under the spotlight for programming controversial work or the decision to collaborate with certain corporate sponsors.

Index on Censorship in partnership with What Next? and Cause4 has developed a new training opportunity specifically to prepare organisations for these situations.

Risks, Rights and Reputations is a one day course aimed at ensuring arts and cultural organisations across the country have the tools to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best possible artistic work – we are proud to be regional hosts of the upcoming seminar Risks, Rights and Reputations in Hull on 11 October, 2018.

This Arts Council England-funded training gives CEOs, Artistic Directors and Chairs of Trustees a deeper understanding of the legal and rights framework supporting artistic freedom in the UK, and the tools and confidence to handle difficult or sensitive subjects to deliver the best possible work. .

Specialists in freedom of expression, fundraising and diversity will offer tools for senior managers and trustees to open up discussion and develop understanding within their organisations on:

  • the impact on freedom of expression of arts organisations involved in recent controversies in the arts
  • the value of creating an ethical fundraising policy
  • the legal and rights framework supporting artistic freedom in the UK
  • expectations relating to the role of the police in managing controversies triggered by artwork

Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England: said: “In recent years there have been an increasing number of high-profile cases raising ethical and censorship issues around plays, exhibitions and other artworks. Censorship – and self-censorship – can stand in the way of great art. That’s why Arts Council England is committed to supporting those organisations who are taking creative risks. This programme is an important step in ensuring that our sector can continue to create vital, challenging, and risk-taking work.”

Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “Protecting and supporting freedom of expression is core to everything we do as Freedom Festival Arts Trust, this important and necessary event will be a great opportunity to learn and discus with others the increasing challenges we face in the arts sector, particularly in the context of socially engaged practise and public spaces.”

Please join us at Hull Central Library on 11 October, you can book your ticket at Event Brite.

 

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