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May 11, 2011

Cuts in Culture conference live blog - 3 of 3

Welcome to Research Fortnight's Cuts in Culture live blog from Bafta. Our third session today is The Future of Research and Collaboration.

The chairman is Martin McQuillan, dean of arts and social sciences of Kingston University. Our speakers are the Kerstin Mey, director of research and enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts, Rowena Goldman, strategic partnerships executive at BBC R&D, Jocelyn Cunningham, director of arts at the RSA, and James Hunt, channel director for Sky Arts.

News, instant analysis and comment on  what was said. Read from the bottom up.

That ends Research Fortnight's coverage of the Cuts in Culture conference. 


We're having some technical problems. Mey has just talked about collaboration between the arts and sciences.

She said visual arts are essential in translating and popularising scientific data – the overlap is huge and business models in universities need to be refigured to favour interdisciplinarity.

Rowena Goldman will now talk about building technology and arts partnerships in the digital space


She says the BBC has an R&D department with 150 engineers over three bases across the UK, as well as internships on Digital Narratives and collaboration with masters and PhD students at the Royal College of Art on new technologies interacting with "evolving audiences".


Cunningham will talk about exploring new models for collaboration and leadership. Says she wants to be optimistic in harsh times. We need to build models confidently.


The world of art needs space for research and development and new ways of thinking about measurement, she says.

Still having some technical problems...  James Hunt is next.


Hunt asks if anyone watches Sky. Apparently a few of us do.

Hunt talks about what Sky is doing in collaboration with cultural organisations. He shows a video clip including examples like the Music Room, the Piano Man, Songbook: Kasabian, Rankin Live, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Comedy Shorts.


Hunt is talking about Building Innovative Partnerships and telling us that Sky Arts came from Arts World channel.


“Sky Arts aims to open up access to the arts on air, on the ground and online.” There are channels covering ballet, books and more, he says.


One of the organisation's key philosophies is absolute respect for organisations they work with, says Hunt.

He also talks about Anthony Gormley's One &Other, which saw 2400 people take to London's fourth plinth for one hour each, over 100 days.


Sky also broadcats the Book Festival 'Hay'. In fact, Hunts tells us that Sky is the broadcast partner for five literary festivals in the country, including Hay.


There will now be a Q&A session.


The chairman asks how we can sustain collaboration with university cuts. Goldman says we're moving into another paradigm where it is not as daunting to collaborate with organisations like the BBC as before. Mey says the way forward is to look out for longer-term partnerships, which would be an investment in time and resources because trust doesn't happen over night.


Sally Taylor from the London Centre for Arts and Cultural exchange says she wants to see more organisations like her own in the future. She also invites a panellist to one of her events.


I will run out of batteries soon. But William Cullerne Bown asked what the panel thinks about the government's promotion of the Shoreditch area dubbed Tech City, and whether it's important. The panel ran out of time, and so have we.

That's all from Research Fortnight over here at BAFTA. Thanks for following the blog today, sorry for the technical difficulties and don't forget to catch full coverage of the event in the next issue of RF.


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