Risks, Rights and Reputations is led by Index on Censorship in partnership with What Next? and Cause4.
Risks, Rights and Reputations takes on our increasingly risk averse culture. This vital training for CEOs and chairs of trustee boards is aimed at ensuring arts and cultural organisations across the country have the tools 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.
The aim of this practical, informative and thought-provoking workshop is to support arts organisations to reinforce the arts as a space that asks the most difficult questions of our time. 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 about:
- 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
Julia Farrington – Freedom of expression specialist from Index on Censorship
Helen Jenkins – Fundraising consultant from Cause4
Diane Morgan – Director Nitrobeat