ICE Public Lecture: 3rd February 2016

Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities

Professor Kate Oakley (University of Leeds)

Professor Oakley will be in conversation about Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities drawing on her extensive research into the recent culture of New Labour, whilst also posing questions about what might be the culture of the Northern Power House.

Kate will be joined in conversation by Eddie Berg, Creative Consultant, previously Director of BFI Southbank in London; Founder/ former CEO FACT, Liverpool.

Watch the event here: YouTube

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

5.45pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Lecture
7.30pm Reception and Networking

Venue: Creative Edge (building 26) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.

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Kate is Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include the politics of cultural policy, work in the cultural industries, and regional development.

Her recent books include the 2014  Cultural Policy‘, co-written with David Bell; and in 2015  ‘Culture, Economy and Politics – The Case of New Labour‘ with David Hesmondhalgh, David Lee, and Melissa Nisbett, which provides a major contribution to our understanding of the policy, politics, culture and the arts, via a case study of the UK New Labour government’s cultural policies (1997-2010).  ‘Culture, Economy and Politics’ makes use of extensive interviews with major players, including senior politicians, civil servants and arts administrators, drawing on previously unexamined documents, and on a wide range of social and political theory, whilst also illustrating the problems of pursuing social justice in the realm of arts and culture, and in public policy, in an era, in which economic goals dominate government agenda.

Strategist/Consultant/Producer, Film, Creative, and Cultural Sectors Eddie Berg is an independent consultant specialising in film, digital and media arts with a successful track record of establishing and leading major cultural venues, capital projects and strategic change, as well as building new audiences, resources, world-class teams and wide-ranging national and international partnerships.

From 2005 – 2014 he worked at the BFI, firstly as Artistic Director of BFI Southbank (leading the transformation of the venue) and then as Director of Partnerships where he was responsible for leading the BFI’s lottery investment in film exhibition, education and skills across the UK.

He is also the Founder and former Director of the £11m FACT Centre in Liverpool which opened to popular and critical acclaim in 2003. Prior to that he was Founding Director of Video Positive, the UK’s first major international festival of video and new media art. The biennial event featured commissioned works by both established and emerging artists and was a showcase for technological innovation.

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This date is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the next couple of months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality. Read More about the festival…

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