National Summit Agenda
Networking Event - ICA Debates
On Wednesday, 9th May 2012, the evening before the 3rd national summit, the ICA hosted a series of debates on behalf of Turning Point Network.
Will Gompertz led the event, which included three debates:
The Perils of Commercialisation
With the vulnerability of continued public subsidy, what are the options for diversifying our income streams?
In what ways might these other options; individual giving/ corporate support/support from the private gallery sector and more aggressive trading, have on the integrity or perceived integrity of our programmes?
Fit for Purpose?
How sure are we as a sector that we are properly prepared to make the most of future opportunities and face future challenges? Are there mechanisms to ensure that we effectively share skills, optimise training opportunities, knowledge sharing and mentoring to ensure that future generations of contemporary art professionals are best advantaged?
As a sector are we able to identify failing institutions/organisations/individuals and move them aside to enable genuine success to thrive, or is it always about sustaining organisations because of their histories or capital costs?
Are we the Establishment?
Audiences for contemporary art have been very successfully grown over the past 10 – 15 years and those audiences have become increasingly comfortable with the breadth of practice. Has contemporary art in Britain lost its ability to push at the door of the issues that no one else can talk about?
Can those mediating contemporary art, work with artists to powerfully engage with live political and social issues of the day?
Which UK institution is tackling the impact of globalisation, poverty, religious extremism, etc. in a way which arrests our attention?
Are we too comfortable?