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Cultural Value Network: A Collaborative Initiative

The Cultural Value Network is a collaborative Initiative between UK and Australian partners, which has developed following conversations that started on the occasion of Dr Eleonora Belfiore's trip to Australia in 2012 to give a keynote entitled Thriving on Measurement? Articulating 'Cultural Value' in a Policy Context at the international conference Making Culture Count: Rethinking Measures of Cultural Vitality, Wellbeing and Citizenship.

The conference was a joint venture of the Cultural Development Network and the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. From informal conversations during the conference and follow-up discussions with colleagues and contacts it soon became apparent that there is a genuine thirst within the cultural policy field for a space for international, collaborative, critical, radical, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral explorations of cultural value. The Cultural Value Network project is the result of these exchanges and aims to address this need for opportunities to develop and share new ideas on value.

The key institutional partners in the setting up of this international research network are the:

  • Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at Warwick University, UK (Dr Eleonora Belfiore),
  • Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne, Australia (Dr Lachlan MacDowell, Dr Marnie Badham, Emma Blomkamp),
  • School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, UK (Dr Anna Upchurch),
  • Arts Council England, UK (Rachel Smithies), and
  • Australia Council for the Arts, Aus (Bridget Jones).

In addition to the key partners, the project team has received expressions of interest in being involved in the network's activities from a range of organisations and individuals across Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

The objective of the network is to contribute to developing a critical and novel research agenda around cultural value and a constructive and collaborative debate between academic researchers, cultural policy makers and practitioners. The key partners plan to achieve this through the organisation of research workshops, the creation of fora for the exchange of ideas and public discussion, and high profile dissemination activities. The key partners are currently developing a programme of activities and seeking external funding to support the planned international research and knowledge exchange activities.

For more information please visit: culturalvalueinitiative.org/the-cultural-value-network/