At last! After a deafening silence since the cuts were announced, Ixia have planned a conference to discuss and reflect on how public art has been affected by the cuts and where things are going (if anywhere). There is a sprinkling of performance and theatre specialists among the speakers which is interesting as this area of work has in many cases seen an uplift in Arts Council funding. Is there a perception that these two areas are expected to cross over more, or an assumption that they already do?
Speakers include Andrea Schlieker (Folkestone Triennial), Mark Ball (Artistic Director, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Sally Tallant (Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery), Brigitte van der Sande (Curator, War Zone Amsterdam) and Dr Louise Owen (Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Birkbeck, University of London).
There are afternoon breakout sessions planned on the subjects of Regeneration & Planning, Tourism, Culture, Health, Tourism and Evaluation.
To see the full programme and find out how to book, visit http://ixia-info.com/events/next-events/
The conference is free of charge and takes place in Bristol on Friday 10th June 2011.