Our speakers: Sally Tannat from the Queens Museum, Zoé Whitley from Chisenhale Gallery, Tristram Hunt from the V&A and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev from the Castello di Rivoli Museo dArte Contemporanea and the Francesco Federico Cerruti Foundation
How can museums recover from Covid-19? What decisions can they make now to ensure a sustainable future? These are just a few of the questions up for discussion in “Funding Matters”, a live online event being held by The Art Newspaper on 25 June.
Against the backdrop of an already challenging funding landscape, art institutions now face steep revenue shortfalls due to extended closures and a decline in giving from governments and private donors. With a clear need for technological investment, the pressure to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists and growing expectations from younger audiences, museums must find new ways to move forward. We have asked museum directors from the UK, Italy and the US for their insight into funding strategies and future programming in the wake of the pandemic.
Within this discussion, we will explore the state of private philanthropy and existing funding models, the move from blockbuster exhibitions to mission-driven programming, and how shifting the focus from global to local can open up new revenue streams.
Funding Matters, Thursday, 25 June, 2pm GMT, 9am EST. The event is free to attend with registration, limited spaces available. The discussion will be available on The Art Newspapers YouTube channel after the event. Please register HERE.
Meet the panellists:
Zoé Whitley, director of Chisenhale Gallery, London
Before taking up the helm at East Londons Chisenhale Gallery earlier this year, Whitely served as senior curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre. She curated the British Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. From 2014 to 2019, she was curator, international art at Tate Modern and held an overlapping tenure as curator, contemporary British art at Tate Britain from 2013 to 2015. She co-curated Tate Modern's acclaimed 2017 exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which toured the US through 2020. An award-winning curator and previously named one of Apollo Magazine's 40 Under 40 Thinkers, she is a frequent interlocutor for artists talks. In addition to numerous catalogue essays, her children's art activity book, Meet the Artist: Frank Bowling, explains abstraction through making.
Tristram Hunt, director of Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Since taking up the post in 2017 of director of the world's leading museum of art, design and performance, Hunt has focused his energy on supporting design education in UK schools, expanding the museums photography department, and encouraging debate around its global collections. In the coming years, his priorities are centred around the transition to a multi-site museum, with V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and collections and research Centre in Stratford, East London. Prior to joining the V&A, Hunt was Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke‐on‐Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Marxs General, Ten Cities That Made an Empire and, most recently, The Lives of The Objects, which tells the story of the V&As South Kensington collection.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Photo: Giorgio Perottino
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli Museo dArte Contemporanea and the Francesco Federico Cerruti Foundation, Turin
A respected author, curator and director, Christov-Bakargievs previous positions include: seniorRead More – Source