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Discussion taking place within exhibition Jason E Bowman, Setting the Table (April 2018, BALTIC39).

Open discussion:
The future role of arts institutions
Mon 16 Apr 2018

The future role of arts institutions: Open discussion led by Andrea Phillips, BALTIC Professor and Director of the BxNU Institute at Northumbria University

How do current UK art institutions, from publicly-funded galleries and museums to private foundations, self-initiated artist-run spaces and creative community organisations – serve their constituencies? Who are their constituencies? How are decisions made? How are they governed?

What roles might arts institutions play in the development of more just, equitable societies or is this not their role? As the UK prepares to depart from Europe, and as arts institutions of all scales face increasing financial pressure, how might art’s organisation be unlocked imaginatively?

Guest speakers:
- Jason E Bowman, artist and MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
- Julie Crawshaw, Lecturer in Material Culture, Northumbria University
- Charlotte Gregory, Director, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle
- Mark Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Theory and Curatorial Practices, Northumbria University, curator and co-founder of IMT Gallery, London, and occasional collaborator with Plastique Fantastique, NEUSCHLOSS and Blue Mountain.
- Sarah Munro, Director, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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