Appealing and Revealing: Treasuring the past and embracing the future
By Saxton Bampfylde
The Arts and Culture sector is about as broad as any you can find, with extraordinary depth and reach. The variety of institutions, venues, operational models, cultural disciplines, skills and most importantly people working within them is almost endless. Each with its own character, direction, way of engaging and evolving.
However, this individuality is being challenged and the ability to evolve for some is becoming more about surviving. These challenges are arising as common themes across this hugely broad sector. Those of funding, and also of remaining current, interesting and relevant to the public. The importance of remembering the founding principle and vision of each organisation, holding dear to that individuality, but also having a very clear strategy for how to stay on course to deliver that vision is becoming crucial. The absolute need to maximise the assets of each organisation, and spend a far greater amount of time in engaging with existing, but also new and future audiences. These are all the challenges being faced every day in the sector.
In a reflection of the breadth of the sector, we feature two senior figures within the Arts world in our latest edition of Canvas.
Firstly, we have interviewed Dr Xa Sturgis, Director at the renowned Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. Talking about the relationship between a museum and a higher education institution, Xa looks at how new doors and worlds can be opened up, whilst reflecting on the challenges of delivering this.
We are also delighted to have a bylined article from Ian Squires, Chair of Curve, Leicester, a theatre taking its work, created in Leicester, to an audience on a global scale.
Both bring an individual perspective, but draw very clearly upon common themes, opportunities and ‘dramas’ for the sector as it moves forward.