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The Arts Council at 70: A history in the spotlight

May 31, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Free, booking required

A Cultural Trends & King’s College London Conference 2016

2016 marks the 70th Anniversary of Arts Council England. King’s College London are choosing to mark this anniversary with a landmark conference for everyone with an interest in the burgeoning field of the history of cultural policy.

We are bringing together key practitioners past and present to discuss and reflect on how the Arts Council has changed through the last few decades. The history of cultural policy is contradictorily full of change and stasis. Organisations are not faceless monoliths, they are made up of people with their own stories and experiences. We want to interrogate the history of the Arts Council through the voices of people who were themselves close observers or architects of policy.

The conference will take the form of three Witness Seminars followed by a keynote speech and a reception. Witness Seminars combine elements of a reunion with the research dividends of oral history.

Three events make this an ideal time to reflect: The Arts Council turns 70; the publication of the Culture White Paper (the first since 1965) and Cultural Trends turns 25 this year.

You are invited to join us for what will be a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

Click here for more information and to register.


May 31, 2016
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free, booking required
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The River Room, King’s College London
London, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.