Archive | October, 2011

Just back from British Council CLI Programme in Istanbul

30 Oct

Lost in Istanbul
The last week has been a real eye-opener.  Even with everything Curated Place taking off in the last year (hence the quietness of the blog) getting out of the UK to meet with cultural leaders from around the world has truly been a career highlight.

Over 5 days an incredible group of 47 participants selected by the British Council from 18 countries discussed the power and worth of cultural policy, the impact of culture on society and the opportunities afforded to cultural practices by digital technologies.  I was one of the participants but I also worked with the superb filmmaker Maria Gabriella of LittleStar and social media expert Jenny Jones to document the whole programme in a format developed by Curated Place and LittleStar that we’ll be rolling out across the arts and cultural world later this year (get in touch for more details if you’re doing an event and want it professionally covered with more panache than a corporate sales pitch).

Some on-the-fly films and audio are already available but we’ll be producing more lyrical mood pieces over the next two weeks that completes the package as a useable resource post-event.  Here’s a link to Audioboos with participants, and you can see some of the films here. Should give a hint at where we’re going with it.

Josephine Burns, BOP Consulting at Cultural Leadership International, Istanbul from British Council Arts on Vimeo.

The full list of CLI participants is on the British Council website and it makes for impressive reading but meeting these impressive people in the flesh exceeded my already sky-high expectations.  With a professional development programme to implement over the next year I’m extremely excited to capitalise on the networks created and the friendships started in Istanbul.  My head is still spinning from the whole experience but somehow I’ve got back to the UK with a remarkable clarity about the possibilities and the priorities I need to focus on over the next 12 months.

Thanks to all CLI participants.  2012 is going to be incredible.

Tamara Takishvili at Cultural Leadership International, Istanbul from British Council Arts on Vimeo.

Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts and Culture Program at Emirates Foundation from British Council Arts on Vimeo.


Cultural Leadership International Programme 2011/12 welcomes Curated Place

15 Oct

Out of a field of incredible applicants (all of whom looked amazing) Curated Place’s Andy Brydon has been selected to take part in this year’s Cultural Leadership International programme along with 6 other UK based Cultural leaders thanks to the British Council. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with artists, producers and cultural visionaries from 18 countries that represent massive diversity in outlook but also massive similarity in a belief in the power of culture.  Exciting times ahead.

The Lucky 7 from the UK are:

Andy Brydon, Creative Director Curated Place / Festival Producer, FutureEverything
Haidee Bell, Innovation Programmes Manager, Creative Economy, NESTA
Daniel Gorman, Director, Firefly International
Rohan Gunatillake, Lead Producer, Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab
Karena Johnson, CEO/Artistic Director, The Broadway
Laura McDermott, Joint Artistic Director, Fierce Festival
Elhum Shakerifar, Director/Producer, Postcode Films and Tourist with a Typewriter

Timber Wave by Amanda Levete

2 Oct



“Inaugurated some days ago to London, this fleeting structure of drinks and of metal decorates l’entrée principal of the Victoria & Albert Museum.”

Stunning new public artwork conceived by l’architecte Amanda Levete in collaboration with the engineers d’ARUP

via Timber Wave by Amanda Levete | Muuuz – Webzine Architecture & Design.

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