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14 February 2012

The Lowry, Salford

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About State of the Arts

State of the Arts, the national conference for the arts and culture sector, is returning for its third year with a focus on the artist's role in contributing to a changing society.

Held outside London for the first time this year, the conference - which attracted over 500 industry professionals in 2011 - will be hosted by the Arts Council in conjunction with the BBC, Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and the British Council.

The conference was live streamed between 9.30-11am.

Preconference events programme 

5.30pm - 7.30pm Robert Wilson Lecture
Royal Northern College of Music
Please note: the event is being live streamed and latecomers cannot be admitted.
 
8 - 9.30pm Reception and a private view of the Cotton: Global Threads exhibition
(hosted by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council)
Whitworth Art Gallery

9.30 - 11pm Amadou and Mariam in concert
Whitworth Art Gallery

Conference speakers

Ed Vaizey MP
Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries

Ed was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005.

Ed was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005.

After attending Merton College at Oxford University he spent two years workingas a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996-2004 he was director of a public relations company. In 2004 he became a politicalspeech writer.

Ed was Shadow Culture and Creative Industries Minister 2006-2010.He married his wife Alex in September 2005. They currently live in Sparsholtand London with their son Joseph and daughter Martha.

Dr Drew Hemment

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FutureEverything

Drew is an artist, curator and researcher, founder and director of FutureEverything festival and innovation lab.

Drew is an artist, curator and researcher, founder and director of FutureEverything festival and innovation lab (established 1995), and Associate Director of the ImaginationLancaster creative lab at Lancaster University.

Over 20 years his artworks, exhibitions and innovations have been recognisedby awards from the arts, technology and business sectors and covered by NewYork Times, BBC and NBC. He has helped shape open data policy in Greater Manchester and is a member of the Manchester Innovation Group, the leadbody for innovation in Manchester. Current projects include The Creative Exchange £4m Knowledge Hub in the Creative Economy (AHRC) and £1.9m Catalyst tools for social change (EPSRC).

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James Cousins
choreographer, winner Matthew Bourne choreography award

James trained at London Contemporary Dance School, where he was awarded the Robert Cohan Award for most promising dance artist.

James trained at London Contemporary Dance School, where he was awarded the Robert Cohan Award for most promising dance artist.

Upon graduating, James performed internationally with Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, including a four- week run in New York, as well as appearing in the 3D film version of the show. As a freelance dancer he has performed internationally, whilst his own choreography has been performed across London and abroad including a performance at Buckingham Palace for the Duke of York's 50th birthday. In August 2011, James was announced as the winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award.

Alan Davey
Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of Arts Council England in November 2007.

Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of Arts Council England in November 2007.

He was Director for Culture at DCMS from 2003 until December 2006. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

Alan has also worked at the Department of Health, where he led the Modernising Division and held the post of Secretary to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care. He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland and has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London. Alan was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham University.

 

 

Andy Field
Director, Forest Fringe

Andy is Co-Director of Forest Fringe, an artist-led organisation making space for risk and experimentation at the Edinburgh Festival and beyond.

Andy is Co-Director of Forest Fringe, an artist-led organisation making space for risk and experimentation at the Edinburgh Festival and beyond.

Forest Fringe’s innovative community-led approach to supporting and collaborating with artists has allowed it to become a home to some of the country’s most exciting and radical new performance work. Andy is also an artist in his own right; his unusual interactive encounters have been seen at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Southbank Centre and the ICA amongst others.

He writes regularly for the Guardian’s theatre blog and has a regular column on experimental theatre in The Stage.

 

Baba Israel
Artistic Director/Chief Executive Officer, Contact

Baba Israel was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre.

Baba Israel was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre.

He developed as a young artist exploring spoken word, hip hop and experimental performance. He has lived in Australia working on major community theatre projects and festivals, and toured across the US, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, performing with artists such as Outkast, The Roots, Rahzel, Ron Carter, Afrika Bambaataa, Vernon Reid and Bill Cosby.

Previous directorial work includes Project 2050 (New World Theatre), Countryboy Struggle (Maxwell Golden) and Sharpening SAWDS. He was co-founder and artistic director of Playback NYC Theatre Company which brought theatre to under-represented communities.

He holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard in the United States. He became artistic director of Contact in 2009, after several years of performing and leading workshops at the venue as a visiting artist.

Helen Marriage
Director, Artichoke

Helen Marriage is a co-director of outdoor producing company Artichoke, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005.

Helen Marriage is a co-director of outdoor producing company Artichoke, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. Seven years on, the company's events are considered the benchmark for ambitious, artist-centred, large-scale outdoor productions in the UK. Artichoke events have included The Sultan's Elephant; La Machine; Antony Gormley's One & Other; The Telectroscope and two Lumiere festivals in Durham.

Artichoke prides itself on producing events with an ambitious artistic challenge, high-quality production values, and a large element of surprise.

Xerxes Mazda
Head of Learning, Volunteers and Audiences, The British Museum

Xerxes Mazda runs a department at the British Museum tasked with putting visitors at the heart of the museum's activities.

Xerxes Mazda runs a department at the British Museum responsible for schools and young audiences, adult learning, communities and outreach, touring exhibitions, visitor research, interpretation, audio visual, volunteers and the web. His department is tasked with putting visitors at the heart of the museum's activities.

Previous to this, Xerxes worked for 13 years at the Science Museum in London. He had various roles, including curating the communications collections, working on exhibitions and galleries, and planning strategic change across three national museums. He was also Head of Collections Access, which involved increasing physical and intellectual access to the museum's stored collections.

Michael Morris
Co-Director, Artangel

Michael Morris, along with Co-Director James Lingwood, has established Artangel as a significant commissioning and producing organisation.

Since becoming Co-Director in 1991, Michael Morris, along with Co-Director James Lingwood, have established Artangel as a significant commissioning and producing organisation, working internationally across the visual arts and performance as well as forging innovative collaborations with film and the broadcast media.

After working as director of performing arts at the ICA in the 1980s, Morris established his own production company, Cultural Industry, in 1988 and continues to present the performance work of Pina Bausch and Robert Lepage in the UK.  

Beyond Artangel, Michael is an artistic advisor to the Manchester International Festival, the Wexner Center in Ohio and Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in Long Island. Michael is also a member of Tate Modern Council, an ambassador for Alain de Botton's The School of Life and a trustee of Longplayer. 

Andrew Nairne
Director, Kettle’s Yard

Andrew Nairne was Director of Modern Art, Oxford between 2001-08 where he curated exhibitions by established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

Andrew Nairne was Director of Modern Art, Oxford between 2001-08 where he curated exhibitions by established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

Previously he was the first director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Visual Arts Director of the Scottish Arts Council, and Exhibitions Director at CCA Glasgow.

A Fellow of the RSA, and former visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Andrew has also held positions including Chair of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association and Trustee of the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.

As a former member of the Arts Council's Executive Board he was responsible, among other roles, for leadership of the digital agenda. Andrew has recently commenced his new role as Director, Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge.

Arlene Phillips
choreographer

Arlene Phillips’ career has been exciting and varied: judging, presenting, producing, directing, choreographing, writing and creating.

Arlene Phillips' first big success came when she formed the dance group Hot Gossip. Since then her career has been exciting and varied: judging, presenting, producing, directing, choreographing, writing and creating.

Arlene has choreographed for theatre including the Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever and Starlight Express. She has also worked in film including Annie (John Huston), Legend (Ridley Scott), White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood), Monty Python's Meaning of Life and Wind in the Willows (Terry Jones), The Hunger (Tony Scott), Can't Stop The Music (Nancy Walker) It Couldn't Happen Here (The Pet Shop Boys).

Arlene has worked on music videos with Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Aretha Franklin, Boy George, Joan Jett, Kiss, George Michael, Cliff Richard and Robbie Williams. She has also directed the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and produced Midnight Tango starring Vincent and Flavia, The Very Hot Gossip Show.

Arlene is also an author and written books including Dance to The Musicals, Alana Dancing Star: Samba Spectacular and many more.

Alex Poots
Director, Manchester International Festival

Alex was appointed Festival Director of MIF in January 2005.

Alex was appointed Festival Director of MIF in January 2005. Highlights from the first three festivals include: the world premiere of Gorillaz' and Chen Shi Zheng's Chinese opera Monkey: Journey to the West; Steve McQueen's Queen and Country; the group show Il Tempo del Postino; It Felt Like A Kiss by Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk; Zaha Hadid's temporary concert hall for the music of JS Bach's solo works; Robert Wilson's The Life and Death of Marina Abramović; and the world premiere of Björk's Biophilia.

Before MIF, Alex commissioned, curated and presented new work and special events for the Barbican, Tate, Somerset House, Channel 4 and ENO, working with artists including PJ Harvey, Arvo Part, Anish Kapoor, Peter Sellars, Ennio Morricone, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In January 2010, Alex accepted an additional part-time role as artistic adviser to the London 2012 Festival.

Graham Sheffield CBE
Director Arts, British Council

Graham Sheffield was appointed Director Arts for the British Council in 2011.

Graham Sheffield was appointed Director Arts for the British Council in 2011. He was artistic director of the Barbican from 1995-2010.

He has also been chair of the City Arts and Culture Forum, the Royal Philharmonic Society, ISPA (the International Society of Performing Arts) and consulted to the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity in Toronto. He has been a council member of Arts Council England and was made Doctor of Arts by City University, London, in 2004. He was named as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, alongside becoming a Chevalier de Tastevin de Bourgogne. In 2010 we was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.

In 2006 he led a winning Barbican team in the BBC's University Challenge: The Professionals, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions.

Alistair Spalding
Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sadler's Wells Theatre

Alistair Spalding is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

Alistair Spalding is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. He joined as Director of Programming in February 2000, before taking his current position in October 2004.

Under Spalding, Sadler's Wells has become the UK's leading venue for dance, presenting a highly ambitious programme of cutting-edge dance in all its forms and hosting world-class companies. In addition, the theatre has also become a producing house, commissioning and producing over 80 shows since 2005.

Alistair was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in January 2009, and was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in October 2005.

Kirsty Wark
journalist and broadcaster

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most experienced television journalists.

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most experienced television journalists. She has presented a wide range of programmes over the past 26 years, from the ground-breaking Late Show to election specials, live stadium events, and for the past 17 years, the BBC's flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight. For the past decade she has hosted the weekly arts and cultural review and comment show, The Review Show (formerly Newsnight Review). She has conducted interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna, Harold Pinter to Pete Doherty, Damian Hirst to Toni Morrison, George Clooney and Donna Tartt. 

Kirsty has made cameo appearances in a range of television dramas, radio programmes and films. She has featured in Dr Who, Absolutely Fabulous, The IT Crowd and Spooks, reached the final in Celebrity Masterchef last year and hosts the culinary quiz A Question of Taste for BBC2.

Kirsty has won several major awards for her work including BAFTAs for Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.

Jorn Weisbrodt
Artistic Director, Luminato Festival in Toronto

In January 2012 Jorn Weisbrodt was appointed artistic director of the Luminato Festival, Toronto’s multi-disciplinary arts festival.

In January 2012 Jorn Weisbrodt was appointed artistic director of the Luminato Festival, Toronto's multi-disciplinary arts festival. Before this he was director of The Watermill Center - a laboratory for performance founded by Robert Wilson in New York. He has been instrumental in producing productions such as The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, and the worldwide tour and revival of Robert Wilson's and Philip Glass' opera Einstein on the Beach. From 2002-07 he was artistic production director at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin where he produced the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's new opera Phaedra.

He has worked with artists such as Matt Mullican, Otto Piene, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Jessye Norman, Kylie Minogue, Norah Jones, Jonathan Safran Foer, Xavier le Roy, Isabelle Huppert, Charlotte Rampling, Russell Braun and many others.

Darren Henley
Managing Director, Classic FM

Darren is the Managing Director of the national classical music radio station, Classic FM.

Darren is the Managing Director of the national classical music radio station, Classic FM.

From 2007 until 2010, he chaired the Music Manifesto, a national campaign to improve Music Education.

In 2010, he was asked by the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to conduct an independent review into the funding and delivery of Music Education in England. As a direct result of the review, the government published the countrys first National Plan for Music Education. Subsequently, he has conducted a further review for the same two government departments into all aspects of cultural education in England.

The author of 21 books about classical music and musicians, Darren studied politics at the University of Hull. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Radio Academy, an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christchurch University, an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. 

Ruth Mackenzie

Director, Cultural Olympiad, LOCOG

Ruth joined the LOCOG in January 2010, following a spell as an expert adviseron broadcasting and cultural policy for the Department for Culture, Media andSport.

Ruth joined the LOCOG in January 2010, following a spell as an expert adviseron broadcasting and cultural policy for the Department for Culture, Media andSport.

She was seconded to the department by the Manchester InternationalFestival, where she had been appointed the first general director in 2006.Ruth has previously worked as artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, General Director at Scottish Opera, Executive Director at Nottingham Playhouse, and Head of Strategic Planning at the Southbank Centre.

Her involvement intheatre dates back to 1980, when she set up the Moving Parts theatre company,and she has also worked on a consultancy basis for the Barbican Centre, Tate, the BBC, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Young Vic.Ruth was special adviser to two Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport- Chris Smith and Tessa Jowell - 2, has advised the Vienna Festival as a consultant dramaturg since 2007, and is visiting professor for cultural leadership at City University.She was awarded an OBE for her services to the theatre in 1995. 

David Edgar

playwright

David founded Britain's first postgraduate playwriting course and writes widely on cultural and political subjects.

David's plays include Destiny, Maydays, Pentecost, The Prisoner's Dilemma and Written on the Heart for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Entertaining Strangers, The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire for the National Theatre.

His adaptations include Albie Sachs's Jail Diary, Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde and Julian Barnes's Arthur and George. David founded Britain's first postgraduate playwriting course (at Birmingham University in 1989) and writes widely on cultural and political subjects for the Guardian, the London Review of Books and other publications.

He is Presidentof the Writers' Guild. 

Julia Fawcett

Chief Executive, The Lowry

Julia joined The Lowry in June 2002 as Chief Executive and has the responsibility for ensuring the operation of one of the largest arts centres in the UK.

Julia joined The Lowry in June 2002 as Chief Executive and has the responsibility for ensuring the operation of one of the largest arts centres in the UK.

Previously, Julia was Chief Executive of Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd. Here, shehad responsibility for the successful design, construction, delivery and operationof one of Scotland's largest visitor attractions - Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Prior to this, Julia spent 10 years with the Granada Group Plc running a number of their commercial attractions. In recognition of her achievements and contribution to the arts, the degree of Doctor of Letters was conferred upon Julia by the University of Salford in 2008 and she received an OBE for services to the Arts in the Queen's 2010 New Year Honors list.

Outside of her role with The Lowry, Julia is also a Non-Executive Director of Salford NHS, a Governor of the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, and a Council member of the University of Salford. 

Will Gompertz

Arts Editor, BBC

Will is the BBC News Arts Editor. He regularly appears on a number of programmes talking about the arts such as the BBC News, Newsnight and Radio4's Today Programme.

Will is the BBC News Arts Editor. He regularly appears on a number of programmes talking about the arts such as the BBC News, Newsnight and Radio4's Today Programme.

Before joining the BBC in 2009, Will was a Director at Tate for seven years, where he was responsible for Tate Online, the UK's most popularart website, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine. At the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe, Will wrote and performed a stand-up comedy show about modern art called Double Art History.

For the past 20 years Will has published, edited and written about the arts fora range of publications including the Times and the Guardian. He has advised many arts and media organisations and was a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts. He was the editor of culture-shot.co.uk, an online arts and entertainment newsletter, and founded Shots magazine in 1990. He wasrecently voted one of the world's top 50 most creative people by New York'sCreativity magazine. 

Explore the conference

Video presentations

What Matters?

A film commission for the Arts Council's annual State of the Arts conference by artist film-makers straybird (Becky Edmunds and Lucy Cash) featuring Jeanette Winterson and Hofesh Shechter, amongst others. Find out more about straybird www.straybird.org

North Tyneside Art Studio by Michelle Carrick

Student film submission for State of the Arts 2012
Theme: Artists shaping the communities
Synopsis: Each year one in four people are diagnosed with a mental illness in the UK. This short documentary explores a community of artists located in North Tyneside who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. They tell their stories about their art and how they hope to be seen by the wider community outside of the studio.

Ways of Seeing: Interwoven Lives by George Wesley Haydock (Salford University)

Student film submission for State of the Arts 2012
Theme: Artists and young people / Artists and audiences
Synopsis:
The film documents and audio/visual art installation in Queen Street Mill, Burnley, which is the world’s only surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill. The project is part of the Cultural Olympiad. The photographs taken, the interviews conducted, and the sound design in the installation were all done by young people - through art they engaged in local history in an interesting way which transcended any history textbook experience.

State of the Arts 2012 five minute round up

Speakers and delegates share their thoughts on the burning issues this year, plus the highlights of the day in a five minute package.

Contact Playback 'Call to Action' at State of the Arts 2012

A poetic response to the day's discussions with some live lyrical dynamism, featuring: Baba Israel, Visceral and Lyricalligraphy.

Audio podcasts

State of the Arts 2012 (by Arts Council England)

State of the Arts is the Arts Council's national conference for the arts and culture sector, it took place at The Lowry in Salford on 14 February 2012 in conjunction with the BBC, Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and the British Council. Find out more here http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sota12