Risks, rights and reputations: challenging a risk averse culture

When: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 12:30–5:30pm
Where: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
Tickets: £48 – £96 via Eventbrite

Risks, Rights and Reputations is led by Index on Censorship in partnership with What Next? and Cause4.

This vital half-day training for CEOs and chairs of trustees supports arts and cultural organisations to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best work possible.

Navigating the rights and responsibilities of art that explores socially sensitive work can appear daunting, risky and time-consuming; the prospect of controversy, protest, police intervention and possible closure or cancellation because the work is provocative, or the funder is controversial, can be powerful disincentives. And yet great art has always fuelled controversy, and experimentation and risk-taking are integral to achieving excellent, relevant art.

“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. It’s important such organisations are aware of relevant legislation and the excellent guidance that exists as well as, crucially, being supported by colleagues across the sector in similar situations. This programme is an important step in ensuring that our sector can continue to create vital, challenging, and risk-taking work.”
— Sir Nick Serota – Chair of Arts Council England

The training will support participants to:

  • Deepen understanding of the legal and rights framework supporting artistic freedom in the UK
  • Explore the impact on freedom of expression of BME artists of recent controversies in the arts
  • Explore the dilemmas thrown up by ethical fundraising
  • Support organisations to understand when and how to build a relationship with the police in relation to controversial work

We are delighted that Miriam Randall (Executive Director  of Watershed) and James Touzel (Chair of Watershed) will be hosting the session.

Trainers for the afternoon will be:

  • Julia Farrington – Freedom of expression specialist from Index on Censorship
  • Michelle Wright – Fundraising consultant from Cause4
  • Alia Alzougbi – independent trainer facilitator

When: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 12:30–5:30pm
Where: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
Tickets: £48 – £96 via Eventbrite

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