Take the money and run? – an event about ethics, funding and art

29 January, 10am-5pm, Toynbee Studios.

We hope you can join us for this a day of presentations, provocations and discussions looking at the challenges of fundraising ethically and a range of strategies we might consider for the future.

As artists and arts organisations are increasingly asked to seek support for their work from corporate sponsorship and individual philanthropy, questions about cultural values, the ethics of fundraising, and who we are prepared to take money from are becoming more urgent. In recent months there has been a groundswell of debate and growing dissent about the conflicts and contradictions between commerce and culture .

Take the Money and Run? features live, remote, recorded and written contributions by artists, activists, academics, producers and journalists including Dave Beech, Jess Worth, Rachel Spence, Mel Evans, Eriel Deranger, Kelli McCluskey, Mark Ravenhill, Jen Harvie, Judith Knight, David Cross, and Glen Tarman.

Building on initiatives by Home Live Art, Artsadmin and Live Art Development Agency as part of their Catalyst-supported research into ethical fundraising and individual giving, and produced in collaboration with Jane Trowell of Platform, this is an event for artists, producers, venues, funders, scholars, writers and anyone concerned about ethics, funding and art.

 Bookings can be made here. Tickets are only £12.50 and include tea/coffee, lunch and a complimentary copy of the publication ‘Take the Money and Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art’ by Jane Trowell.

 We look forward to seeing you at Toynbee Studios on 29 January.

We are offering 15 free places at Take the money and run? to independent artists, activists, producers, researchers and others on low/no income.  To apply for a bursary please send an email of no more than 250 words to Philippa Barr philippa@artsadmin.co.uk by 12 January stating why you would like to attend, how you think you can contribute, and what you hope to take away from the event in relation to your own practice and approach.

Take the Money and Run? An event about ethics, funding and art, 29 January, 10am-5pm, Toynbee Studios, London, E1 6AB.

Photo credit Liberate Tate, Sunflower (detail), 2010. Photo by Jeffrey Blackler.

Programme for the day:

10 – 10:30am REGISTRATION

10:30 – 12:30pm CURRENT CHALLENGES

10.30pm Introduction and Setting the Scene with Catalyst consortium members Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and Home Live Art, Jane Trowell (Platform) and guest speaker.

10.45pm What Are Our Current Challenges?

Provocations by:
Rachel Spence, arts writer for Financial Times
Dave Beech, artist, Freee Collective
Kelli McCluskey, artist, pvi collective, Australia (on Skype)
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, activist, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada (on film)
Mel Evans, artist-activist, author (on film)

Discussion

12:30 – 1:30pm LUNCH

1:30 – 5pm WAYS FORWARD

1:30pm The Arts Are Not Value Free

Presentation by Jen Harvie, writer, Queen Mary University of London, and group workshop led by Jane Trowell.

2.30pm An Ethical Fundraising Approach At The Heart Of The Arts

A presentation by the Live Art Development Agency on the research undertaken by the Catalyst Consortium.

3pm Break 

3.30pm What Can We Collectively Do?

Provocations by:

Jess Worth, BP or not BP?
David Cross, artist and Reader, University of the Arts London
Glen Tarman, Liberate Tate
Judith Knight, Artsadmin and What Next

Discussion

5pm Networking drinks