Friday 12 January 2018

The 4th event or our [R]evolution was held in Leeds, UK. Find out about the programme and practical information below!


Funding : this is the life-blood of every fight, including that for sustainability and empowerment of the cultural sector. How do local authorities and actors fight this battle, in a context of pervasive cultural austerity? Everywhere in Europe, actors are seeking alternative ways to finance culture. The anglo-saxon model often stands out as an example of mixed public-private partnerships, without being exempt of controversy: some actors are getting vocal about the method’s impacts on the structure, the sustainability of the sector and the quality of its production. With the City Council of Leeds and local actors, expertise from EUCLID and support from the City of Lille, this seminar will be the occasion for our members to exchange experiences, good practices and worries about the funding of culture.






Opening reception

Hosted at The Tetley, a centre for contemporary arts, at the heart of Leeds' South Bank. The South Bank is a landmark generation project which will double the size of Leeds city centre, transforming South Bank into a distinctive European destination for investment, living, learning, creativity and leisure. 

With welcoming words by Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, Marie-Pierre Bresson, Deputy Mayor of Lille, Kirsty Bullen, Executive Director of the Tetley Art Gallery & Bryony Bond, Artistic Director.





          Michael Moglia – President of LiKE
          Richard Bickers - ARUP and Conference Host!


Keynote Speech: What to do when the money runs out?

Jim Beirne - 
Chief Executive at Live Theater
to tell the inspiring story of how Live Theater bought a street to fund their artistic work.


Panel Session: Public constraints vs private censorship – Where to turn to for money?

Between sponsors interfering with artistic programming and elected representatives vetoing artworks, alongside examples of an increased political use of culture and the arts – what is the best approach to maximise the independence of culture? And are there other constraints on approaching certain organisations (e.g. betting agencies) about funding?

  • Mark Hollander, Executive Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre, UK 
  • Sally Hill, Bruntwood, UK
  • James Magowan, European Community Foundations Initiative
  • Barry Hoolwerf, European Research Network on Philanthropy



Coffee Break


Panel Session: Can going commercial preserve independence?

If relying on public or private sponsorship is a risk, is going commercial the solution? Can it truly help to preserve independence or are other pitfalls lurking?

  • Sarah de Heusch, Advocacy/Networks Officer, SMartEU
  • Martin Bricelj Baraga, Artist and founder of the Museum of Transitory Art (MOTA), Slovenia
  • Baptiste Pays, Programmes manager of Ecole Nationale d'Art (ENDA)
  • Alexandre Gurita, Director of the World Forum of Arts Economies
  • Colm Croffy, Director of the Association of Irish Festival Events, Board member of the European Festivals Association and the International Festivals & Events Association

Lunch and networking


Short walk to West Yorkshire Playhouse


Institutional visit: Public and private sponsorship

West Yorkshire Playhouse, the city’s repertory theatre, is using a combination of public funding and private sponsorship for its refurbishment. (

           Robin Hawkes, James Brining, Cath Rothwell – West Yorkshire Playhouse


Short walk to 130 Vicar Lane or Duke Studios


Institutional visit: Going commercial

Delegates have a choice of two options.

130 Vicar Lane houses Leeds Print Workshop, a co-operative and printmaking hub. The project aims to provide affordable workspace for a new creative community (

           Kirstie Williams -
Leeds Print Workshop

Duke Studios is an open collaborative space providing a range of workspaces, creative services and facilities based around a co-working model. (

           Laura Wellington – Duke Studios


Return to hotels


Dinner hosted by Leeds City Council

           FRIDAY 09 MARCH


Speech: Let’s talk about fundraising!

This is an opening speech loaded with food for thought from the perspective of someone who has been both a fundraiser and a funder. Questions will be raised, but not necessarily answered so that the panel can give their views.

       Andrew Dixon - Director at Culture Creativity Place, Leeds 2023 ECoC bid advisor, World Summit on Arts and Culture Programme Director and many others...


Panel Session: Let’s talk about fundraising

What does fundraising look like from the perspective of fundraisers and funders? How do they go about raising funds and choosing a cause to fund? What do they expect of each other?

  • Andrea Caracciolo di Feroleto, Director of Scuola Fundraising (Roma), and Board member of the European Fundraising Association
  • William Fenton, Director of Sponsorship Ideas (Brussels), and Board member of the European Sponsorship Association
  • David Collins - Director of External Affairs, Opera North


Panel Session: Joining up the dots – Why does the educational sector invest in the arts?

As an investment in artists, audiences and new markets, education is driving culture. This session will explore why the educational sector is investing in the arts and whether there is enough of a joined-up strategy to give direction and ensure sustainable professional development and audience development.

  • Sue Hayton, Leeds Culture Institute, University of Leeds
  • Sarah Westaway, Head of Arts Development, ArtForms
  • Julie Ward, MEP - Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament




Panel Session: Are culture and the arts transformational for a city’s economy?

How can the economic performance of a city be improved through culture?

  • Cllr Judith Blake – Leader of Leeds City Council, UK 
  • Marie Pierre Bresson – Deputy Mayor, City of Lille, France
  • Peter McGurn - CEO of Goodwin Development Trust


Closing remarks from Cllr Judith Blake




Round Table Networking

This is a speed-dating session where delegates move from table to table to discuss public funding, sponsorship and EU funding.

  • Cluny Macpherson – Leeds City Council
  • Geoffrey Brown – EUCLID
  • + TBC



Short walk to Leeds Art Gallery or the Art Hostel


Institutional visit: Funding alternatives

Delegates have a choice of two options.

Leeds Art Gallery created a mural using crowd funding. (

           Sarah Brown – Programme Coordinator for Leeds Museums and Galleries

The Art Hostel is a project by East Street Arts. In this 34-bed hostel each room has been decorated by an artist and with its proximity to many of Leeds' cultural organisations it makes a great place for artist residencies (

           Nicola Greenan or Jon Wakeman - East Street Arts


Return to hotels


Free evening