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Europa Nostra Restoration Fund Donation

Call for applications

at least ECU 7,500 and up to ECU 15,000 to be awarded in 1998

Europa Nostra united with the International Castles Institute maintains a Fund (the former IBI Fund) which makes a donation each year in favour of an ancient fortified work or building, a castle or dwelling having a historic character, or its ruins or associated park and garden, which is endangered. Any donation from the Fund must have the effect of contributing to the conservation of the endangered object and at the same time drawing the attention of public authorities and of the general public to the perceived danger.

Europa Nostra/IBI invites all members to put forward proposals for the donation to be made in 1998. Applications can be made for a contribution to the restoration of the main staircase and its decoration, made before 1900, inside or outside a historic building, not in public ownership. The project must be on such a scale that the Fund donation would make a significant contribution to its completion.

Rules governing applications

  • Each proposal must be in English or French and must be accompanied by the application form with all questions properly answered and with the required documentation. The emphasis should be on good and clear photographs.
  • The donation can only be made once the owner of the endangered object has obtained, in respect of it, a letter of intent from the national, regional or provincial authorities concerned, or some other donor, to contribute an amount at least equal to the Fund donation, and also any necessary approval by the competent public authority for the work involved.
  • The payment can only be made when the restoration project and a date for its start have been firmly established. Works begun before submission of application are not eligible.
  • The donation will be marked by a public ceremony, to which the public authorities and the media will be invited.
  • In accepting a donation the owner accepts the obligation, on the conclusion of the work for which the donation is made, to submit to the Fund Committee a written report, illustrated by photographs.
  • Any dossiers not complying with the rules will not be considered.
  • Dossiers cannot be returned to the owner.
  • Proposals should be submitted by 31st January 1998. Any proposal received after that date cannot be considered.

To obtain the application form 1998 and for more information, please contact: Europa Nostra Restoration Fund, Attention of Mrs Els Quarles van Ufford, Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC The Hague, The Netherlands.

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The World Beyond 2000

Financed by the Arts Council of England, West Midlands Arts, the Scottish Arts Council, and the Birmingham City Council, The World Beyond 2000 project was conceived and initiated by sculptor Avtarjeet Dhanjal, with the aim to discuss creative people's role in making history. During 1997/98 contacts and partnerships will be established and research projects identified and initiated. For 1998/99, organizing regional/national debates and seminars is planned, as is the preparation of the world symposium entitled The World Beyond 2000.

The World Beyond 2000 is a global project which aims to provide time and space, without political or other intervention, for artists and thinkers to reflect on the role they have played during the past fifty years and their role and responsibility towards the world they envisage in the twenty-first century. What visions of the future can creative people offer society, how do they define their own role in the changing world?

For more information, please contact: The World Beyond 2000, Nadi Kinarey, Dale End, Ironbridge, Shropshire TF8-7DW, United Kingdom, tel.: 44-1952-432095; e-mail: avtarjeet_dhanjal@hotmail.com, http://www.nadikinarey.co.uk

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Grants / Funding Schemes

APEXchanges

APEXchanges supports practical, inexpensive solutions to the problem of mobility for young artists and arts organisers from Central and Eastern Europe. Grant application procedures: Individual APEXchanges grants are solely for Central and East European artists and arts organisers. Applications should be received two months prior to the envisaged meeting. The APEXchanges project grants are for projects initiated by Central and East Europeans.

APEXchanges funds two types of initiatives:

  • The Link-UP Travel Grant supports travel costs for young individual artists and art organizers from Central and Eastern Europe to make contacts and to work with colleagues from other European countries.
  • The KPN Project Travel Grant is geared to artistic projects initiated and carried out by young artists and arts organizers, working and living in Central and Eastern Europe.

Decisions on project grants will be made three times a year. The deadlines are before 1 April, 1 August and 1 December.

Contact details: APEX Coordinator, European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Jan van Goyenkade 5, NL - 1075 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands tel.: (31 20) 676 0222; fax: (31 20) 675 2231; e-mail: ecsinfo@pi.net

UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries

The UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists (see here) are designed to assist talented young people in pursuing their professional careers in the arts by offering them bursaries for creative residencies abroad. The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is now planning this bursary programme for the period 1998-99.

Contact details: Nadia Khromchenko, IFPC, 7, place Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07 SP, France, tel.: (33 1) 45681000; fax: (33 1) 45671690.

European Cultural Foundation Programme of Art for Social Change

The European Cultural Foundation Programme of Art for Social Change is intended to strengthen the capacities for societal integration of disadvantaged young people in Europe by means of artistic activity and to inform artists about the role they can play as a catalyst for social change. A series of workshops will be organized to that effect. Workshops will first be developed in a few countries, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In 1998 two workshops will be held in Bulgaria and Great Britain, and in 1999 at least one workshop.

Contact details: Madelon Cabooter, European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Jan van Goyenkade 5, NL - 1075 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: (31 20) 676 0222; fax: (31 20) 675 2231; e-mail: ecsinfo@pi.net

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Gulliver's Connect

A Placement Programme for Young Arts Practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe

A Placement Programme for Young Arts Practitioners from Central and East Europe has been created to provide a flexible and informal framework for the exchange of professional arts workers between cultural organisations in Central and Eastern Europe. The idea is based on the 'common reality' of the Central and Eastern European countries, such as the obstacles blocking the creation of relevant cultural structures and the common 'state of transition'. The programme could be seen as a political step towards exchanges amongst and between these countries.

The aim is to give the participants a chance to develop a wider range of contacts, which will strengthen relationships between the neighbouring countries, intensify cross-border collaboration and stimulate the building of informal cultural networks. This experience should also allow the participants to acquire further skills and new perspectives which will influence their regular work and enhance their professional careers.

Call for applications

Applications must be received by 30 November 1997. All applicants will be informed about the selected candidates by 15 January 1998.

General Applicant Profile

Arts workers and cultural organisations working in a way that reflects the changing realities in Central and Eastern Europe, searching for ways to facilitate change in artistic work and structures, and wishing to intensify their relationship with neighbouring countries. Priority will be given to applicants interested in arts and cultural management placements.

Numbers, Dates and Length of Placements

The programme will fund a total of 20 placements.

The placements will take place between 1 February and 31 August 1998.

Placements will last from 3 to 8 weeks. However, with the financial contribution by the participants this programme is open to arranging longer placements periods.

For further information, please contact: Gwen Crawford and Helma Verkleij, Gulliver's Clearing House Programme, The Felix Meritis Foundation, Keizersgracht 324, 1016 EZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel.: (31 20) 626 23 21; fax: (31 20) 624 93 68; e-mail: gch@felix.meritis.nl

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ARSEC

ARSEC and its six European partners have set up the European Forum for Culture and Arts Management Education, to encourage co-operation between cultural management training centres, joint curricula and publications, improve the mobility of trainers and students, and to improve pedagogical methods. 25 - 30 trainers will be chosen from the ENCATC network for the first series of seminars in Finland, Austria and France.

Contact: ARSEC, Pascale Bonniel-Chalier, 8, rue du Griffon, F-69001 Lyon, France, tel.: +33.478/39.01.05; fax: +33.478/28.98.22; e-mail: Arsec@wanadoo.fr

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City University, Department of Arts Policy and Management

MA Courses in 1998/1999

As Europe's largest interdisciplinary centre for arts, museums and heritage policy and management studies and research, the City University's Department of Arts Policy and Management, housed above London's Barbican Arts Centre, is offering the following courses in its autumn (5 October-11 December), spring (11 January-19 March) and summer term (19 April-25 June) of 1998/99:

  • MA course in Arts Criticism (one year full-time or two years part-time),
  • MA course in Arts Management (one year full-time, two years part-time, or modular),
  • MA course in Museum and Gallery Management (one year full-time, two years part-time, or modular), and
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration (one year full-time).

The postgraduate department's courses are aimed at arts administrators, government officials, arts planners, arts management consultants, educationalists in the arts, arts and information officers, museum and gallery curators, critics and artists.

The MA course in Arts Criticism considers the problems of contemporary arts criticism within the context of the institutional settings in which art and criticism emerge. The course elaborates the recurring question of aesthetics: what do we understand to be the 'true' nature of art? It is also concerned with the work of criticism in modernity in a variety of art forms. The notion of the 'critic' and the political, social and economic situations of our interest in art are considered. Students are introduced to the methodologies of contemporary cultural criticism. The course has an international perspective and questions about the 'centre' and 'margins' of the arts world, and how these affect our expectations and judgements of arts are also considered. Modules include Arts Framework, Theory of Criticism, Practical Criticism, Art, Design and Commerce, Finance and Marketing, Human Resources Management in the Arts, and Policy-Making.

The MA in Arts Management course is not intended for would-be arts managers but rather for those with experience at middle or senior management levels. The course focuses mainly on the British funding experience but it does look at other national models of arts support and subvention, as well as the commercial sector. Besides Arts Framework, Arts Management, Finance and Marketing, Art, Design and Commerce, Human Resources Management in the Arts, and Policy-Making in the Arts, it covers Music Administration, European Arts, Education and the Arts, Managing the Visual Arts, and Arts Audiences.

The MA degree in Museum and Gallery Management is designed for those whose major interests lie in gallery work or in museum management. Visual artists, public museum employees, local government officers concerned with heritage, private collectors, and those concerned with the growing independent museum sector are also likely to find this unique course valuable. The course is concerned with the management of galleries and museums as a public service and a commercial enterprise. It raises questions of purpose, function and value as well as scrutinising management techniques and modern developments in government thinking about museums and galleries. Modules include Museum and Gallery Management, Museum and Gallery Framework, Education and Museums and Galleries, Finance and Marketing, Art, Design and Commerce, Human Resources Management in the Arts, Policy-Making in the Arts, Music Administration, European Arts, Managing the Visual Arts, and Arts Audiences.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration is the longest established qualification in arts management. Elements of the course include arts framework, arts management, finance and book-keeping, law, marketing the arts, policy-making, and education and the arts.

General entry requirements include a minimum of 2-5 years work in a relevant field, honours degree or equivalent. Considerable work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification may compensate for the lack of a degree. Written applications should be received by the 3rd week in March for the Diploma, the end of March for the MA in Arts Management, and by the end of April for the MAs in Arts Criticism and Museum and Gallery Management, for admission at the end of September following in each case.

The Culturelink Network would also like to draw your attention to the proceedings of the Third International Conference on Arts Management, held in London in July 1995 and published by the City University's Department of Arts Policy and Management. On 940 pages, 64 research papers included here cover topics of markets, marketing and consumer behaviour, strategic management, assessment and accounting, organizational behaviour, and cultural policies. For Culturelink members, the Proceedings are available at a reduced rate (39.50 instead of 52.50 pounds).

For more information, please contact: City University, Department of Arts Policy and Management, Level 7, Frobisher Crescent, Barbican, London EC2Y 8HB, England, tel.: +44 (0)171-477 8000; fax: +44 (0)171- 477 8887; e-mail: artspol@city.ac.uk; Web site: http://www.city.ac.uk/artspol

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Call for Cooperation on Cultural Studies in Africa

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Professor Keyan Tomaselli, Centre for Cultural and Media Studies (CCMS) (See Culturelink nos. 20/November 1996, pp. 16-18 and 21/April 1997, pp. 21-24.), University of Natal, Durban, has agreed to take on the regular task of writing a report for the International Journal of Cultural Studies (IJCS) on cultural studies in Africa. He will be assisted by his colleagues at the University of Natal, and those associated with Critical Arts: A Journal for Cultural Studies, jointly edited by his own Centre (CCMS) and the Centre for Research into Culture and Media (CRCM), Murdoch University Perth.

In order to adequately reflect research on and teaching of cultural studies on the African continent, Keyan Tomaselli needs to be kept informed by his African colleagues in the field, including not only scholars in Southern Africa, but across the continent and in the diaspora.

Please contribute news and information to the group, both individually and as representatives of university, departments or from civil society. This way people in Africa might get their concerns and needs aired in their own terms, and not only within American and European academic frames of reference.

For more information, please contact: Keyan G. Tomaselli, Centre for Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal, Private Bag X10, Dalbridge, Durban 4014, South Africa, fax: + 27 (31) 260-1519; e-mail: tomasell@mtb.und.ac.za

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The African Cultural Project's Activities

Organized within the African Cultural Project programme (For The African Cultural Project, see Culturelink no. 12/April 1994, pp. 25-27.) as the third annual event, the Africa Festival 1997 took place from 28 October to 8 November, celebrating African art and culture with a ten-day tour of music, theatre, cinema and literature throughout Ireland.

The African Cultural Project also issues its newsletter entitled African Expressions. Issue no. 3/Summer 1997 examines the relationship between culture and development and the place of culture in development. Also featured is an article on the developing art of the African cinema.

Finally, the African Cultural Project's forthcoming programme of events, as well as Africa-related cultural events, are announced.

For more information, please contact: African Cultural Project, Ulster Bank Chambers, 4 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland, tel.: +353-1-878 06 13; fax: +353-1-878 06 15.