The Arts in Times of Crisis
The recent turmoil in the global economy has blighted all countries and all areas of public policy. In France and the United-Kingdom, the cultural field’s resources being often seen as an adjustment tool against other prioritized public services such as employment, health or education — the consequences of this for artists, arts institutions (notably theatres, museums and galleries) as well as local authorities, central governments and funding agencies are potentially wide-ranging. New possibilities of private support and volunteering are being explored by governments, just when these sectors are also being hit by the crisis.
How are organisations managing the pressures that they are being placed under? How are decisions about savings being made by politicians, managers and practising artists? Has the axe started to fall and, if so, where? What alternative private, voluntary and public sources of income have been found? Have the local and regional levels been affected in a different way from the national? Have higher education training courses targeted at the artists and arts managers of the future modified their offerings to prepare their students to deal with the situation?
The conference intends to question the policy, organizational and economic choices that political actors are facing as they deal with the consequences of a return to hard times for governments. The developing similarities between France and Britain in terms of managing the arts provides an opportunity to examine how governments are confronting the new challenges that exist, and to conclude to what extent this convergence phenomenon is a long-lasting one.
We welcome papers that explore the early stages of the management of financial stress as well as reactions towards later budget tightening in the arts in France and/or the United Kingdom from political, economic, managerial but also sociological, geographical or historical perspectives. Transdisciplinary and comparative approaches are especially welcomed.
500‐word proposals in English or in French should be sent to both organisers by 01/03/2011 with a short biographic presentation (5‐10 lines).
Department of Public Policy
De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, United Kingdom