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European Union proposes world's largest ever cultural funding programme

The €1.8bn allocated for culture comes at a time of worsening economic crisis across the Eurozone

Gareth Harris, The Art Newspaper, 21 December 2011


EUROPE – "As the economic crisis deepens across Europe, the European Commission plans to launch the world's largest ever cultural funding programme, with €1.8bn allocated for visual and performing arts, film, music, literature and architecture. The commission's Creative Europe project plans to release the money between 2014 and 2020. If the scheme is approved later this year, €500m will go towards the visual and performing arts with an estimated 300,000 artists due to receive funding.

The proposal has received a mixed response from key cultural commentators, with some saying that banking on culture and the arts to help prop up EU member states and stimulate the economy is unlikely to work."



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La dama de la cultura

Cada vez que ponemos el pie en un museo es muy probable que Gail Lord, co fundadora de Lord Cultural Resources, haya tenido algo que ver en el resultado. Charlamos con ella para entender de dónde viene y hacia dónde se dirige un sector clave en España.
José María Álvarez; fotografía Adrián Domínguez, Esquire (Spain), Enero/January 2012 issue, p. 95


SPAIN – "Dicen que la síntesis espiritual de un país tiene mucho que ver con su arte. Probablemente movida por esta máxima, la canadiense Gail Lord se diera cuenta en 1981 (junto a su marido, Barry Lord) de que muchos de los lugares por los que viajaba en el mundo "no cuidaban como deberían su patrimonio para hacer de la visita una experiencia plena." De ese modo nació Lord Cultural Resources, compañía pionera especializada en la gestión de bienes y servicios culturales por todo el mundo. Tal y como nos explica, "nos encargamos desde la planificación del espacio (edificio o museo) en colaboración con arquitectos, pasando por el desarrollo del recorrido con expertos en diseño, hasta la confección de una estrategia o estudio del mercado local que permita explotar al máximo los recursos de cada lugar."


Rights museum left in lurch

Opening delayed; out of money; a top executive quits
Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 2011


OTTAWA, Canada – "The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is now without a board chairman as the institution grapples not only with cost overruns but also delays in its opening. Winnipeg business heavyweight Arni Thorsteinson's resignation takes affect Jan. 1. There is no word yet on a replacement for Thorsteinson -- whose abrupt decision to leave the board was met with silence from the federal government that initially appointed him. Thorsteinson will now rejoin the museum's fundraising arm as a board member instead."


BP plc : BP and Leading UK Cultural Institutions Extend Partnerships with £10 Million Sponsorship

4-Traders.com, 19 December 2011


BRITAIN – "Four of the UK's major cultural institutions - the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and Tate Britain - today announced the renewal and extension of their long-standing partnerships with BP.

In total, BP will invest almost £10 million in the four partnerships over the next five years. Taken together, these agreements represent one of the most significant long-term corporate investments in UK arts and culture."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also, Galleries renew £10m BP deal despite environmental protests, The Guardian, By Mark Brown, 19 December 2011]


3DS assuming tour duties at the Louvre museum

Paris museum's audio guides to be replaced with Nintendo's handhelds

Matt Bradford, Gamesradar.com, 19 December 2011


PARIS, FRANCE – "Nintendo has inked a deal with operators of the Louvre museum in Paris to swap out existing audio guide devices for 3DS systems. According to tech blog PhysOrg.com, the partnership will see Nintendo provide 5,000 3DS units pre-loaded with content that will allow Louvre visitors to better navigate the 652,000 square foot facility, embark on themed tours for all ages, and listen to recorded history lessons on many of the 35,000 art pieces on display.

Louvre officials believe installing Nintendo's three-dimensional handheld will make the museum more appealing to tech-savvy tourists, and give its estimated 8.5 million yearly visitors a more hands on experience."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Au Louvre, les Nintendo DS se substitueront bientôt aux audioguides, Artclair, 16 décembre 2011]


Ces monuments victimes de leur succès

Le Figaro, 21 décembre 2011


PARIS, FRANCE – "L'année 2011 a enregistré une forte fréquentation au Louvre, à Versailles et à la tour Eiffel. Cet afflux doit désormais être planifié."





Senegal's president lays foundation stone for Black Civilization Museum

Xinhuanet.com, 21 December 2011


DAKAR, SENEGAL – "Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Tuesday laid the foundation stone in the capital Dakar for the Black Civilization Museum which is funded by China to the tune of 30 million U. S. dollars.

The museum will be constructed besides the Grand National Theatre, which was also constructed by China and inaugurated in April.

The design of the museum was made by the Beijing Institute of Architecture and the construction work will be done by Shanghai Construction Group within 28 months."


Reach wins BCMA award

Abbotsford Times, 20 December 2011


ABBOTSFORD, BC – "Although it opened just three years ago, The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford was presented the 2011 Award of Merit from the British Columbia Museums Association.

The award was given to The Reach for the 2010 exhibition, Beadwork - Radical Practices. This important award recognizes The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and its curatorial program.

The award of merit is given to individuals, institutions or agencies for outstanding, innovative or creative achievement in the museum, art gallery, archives or heritage field in British Columbia."


Un musée privé à Dubaï

Connaissance des Arts, 20 décembre 2011


DUBAÏ, UAE – "Le mois dernier, l’homme d’affaire d’origine iranienne, Ramin Salsali, consultant dans l’industrie pétrochimique, a ouvert à Dubaï un espace d’un peu moins de 100 m2 pour exposer sa collection personnelle d’art contemporain et de photographie et celles d’autres collectionneurs privés."


Why have museums forgotten the teens?

It's not enough to be family-friendly – we need to persuade teenagers that museums are for them too, says Mar Dixon

The Guardian, 19 December 2011


BRITAIN – "In recent years, a lot of emphasis has been placed on ensuring young people are not only welcomed but actually encouraged into UK museums and cultural institutions. Almost every venue now has, or is developing, a family scheme with children their main target.

But what about teenagers – a group that could have benefited the most from free museum entry. In reality, they're the ones who have received the least attention."


With prestigious new museum, Arkansas seeks image overhaul

Bill Bowden, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 19 December 2011


LITTLE ROCK, AR – "With the Nov. 11 opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the state of Arkansas is expanding its marketing to include national magazine subscribers from Atlanta to Austin.

A $300,000 one-time advertising buy will pitch Arkansas as a destination for arts and culture, while still promoting the state as a place for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping."


Un musée irakien rachète des œuvres pillées lors des conflits

Artclair, 19 décembre 2011


SULAYMANIYAH, IRAK – "La pratique est contraire à toutes les consignes de l’UNESCO et de la communauté muséale internationale. Pour enrichir ses collections, sérieusement dépouillées au cours des conflits, le deuxième musée le plus important d’Irak rachète aux pilleurs des objets volés."


Qatar Museums Authority Open MIA Park

MuseumPublicity.com, 19 December 2011


DOHA, QATAR – "On December 15, in the presence of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and more than 700 dignitaries and special guests, Qatar Museums Authority inaugurated the MIA Park, a new cultural destination on Doha’s Corniche."


Wedgwood Museum faces selloff to pay £134m pension debt after court ruling

Museum collection can now be sold to meet deficit of Wedgwood Potteries, even though the two separated half a century ago

Dalya Alberge, The Guardian, 19 December 2011


STOKE-ON-TRENT, BRITAIN – "Britain is set to lose a world-renowned museum following a high court ruling which could force it to sell its collection to pay off a £134m pension deficit.

The Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent faces being forced to sell its historic collection of china, masterpieces by Stubbs, Romney and Reynolds, and an archive linked to the nation's social and industrial history.

Judges in Birmingham ruled that the pottery collection owned by the museum was an asset of Waterford Wedgwood Potteries, which went bust in 2009. The collection can now be sold to pay off creditors, the largest of which is the Pension Protection Fund.

The decision has shocked the art world because it could prove to be a test case for other public collections."


Fermeture du Centre Niemeyer en Espagne le jour de l’anniversaire de son architecte

Artclair, 19 December 2011


AVILÉS, ESPAGNE – "Le Centre d’art Niemeyer a fermé ses portes le 15 décembre 2011 par décision des autorités régionales. Ces dernières reprochent à la Fondation Oscar Niemeyer, gestionnaire du lieu, des dépenses trop importantes. Elles estiment aussi avoir été écartées des prises de décision. Le complexe devrait rouvrir au premier trimestre 2012, sous le contrôle de la région et avec un autre nom. La Fondation Oscar Niemeyer compte porter l’affaire devant la justice."


Frick Collection Opens First New Gallery in Nearly 35 Years

MuseumPublicity.com, 19 December 2011


NEW YORK, NY – "The Frick Collection has opened a new gallery—the first major addition to the museum in nearly thirty-five years. Located on the Fifth Avenue side of the historic mansion, it was created by enclosing a covered garden portico."


Neon Museum visitors center to be finished in May

Conor Shine, Las Vegas Sun, 19 December 2011


LAS VEGAS, NV – "Amid a sea of neon signs recalling Las Vegas’ heritage, officials from the city and the Neon Museum talked about construction of a visitors center they hope will help the site grow into a key piece of downtown’s revitalization."


Plains Art Museum Receives Big Gift

KFGO, 19 December 2011


FARGO, ND – "The Plains Art Museum has announced a big gift and that means work can start on a major addition. The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity will be housed in two buildings to the west of the museum. The project will cost about $2.8 million."


La Plaza stumbles as push for national museum gains foothold

L.A.'s Latino facility, which opened in April, is in a financial hole while bills have been introduced to create a Latino museum as a branch of the Smithsonian.

Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, 19 December 2011


LOS ANGELES, CA – "Television's highest-earning actress and a San Francisco art museum chief are two of the key figures in the bid to establish a new museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos.

But Eva Longoria, who will rally public support for a bill in Congress to create the museum, and Jonathan Yorba, chairman of the museum-lobbying group that picked her, also played key roles in the creation of a problem-plagued Los Angeles museum and cultural center focused on the contributions of Mexican Americans in Southern California."


Freedom Center in jeopardy: Museum lacks funding to continue mission

Mark Curnutte, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 18 December 2011


CINCINNATI, OH — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, hailed as a beacon of freedom worldwide, could close by the end of 2012 if it can’t find $1.5 million a year to cover its future budgets.


Jorge Pérez saddened by Miami Museum of Art controversy

Developer Jorge Pérez is saddened by the controversy surrounding his $35 million naming gift to the MAM

Lydia Martin, Special to the Miami Herald, 17 December 2011


MIAMI, FL – "Jorge Pérez, whose Related Group giddily filled Miami’s skyline with glossy condo tower after glossy condo tower, [text omitted] will admit he’s feeling a bit out of sorts right now, a time when he expected to feel nothing but the elation that comes from steering your business back from the brink a business $1 billion dollars poorer today than during the boom, but solid enough for Pérez to be able to make a major donation to the Miami Art Museum in exchange for naming rights.

But to a backdrop of a Miami finally making headway in its quest to be called a serious cultural center, Pérez’s gift is being greeted by a community divided over the idea of the MAM becoming the PAM. Or, the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade Country. Perhaps the Pérez, for short."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Jorge Perez Controversy: Miami Art Museum Naming Backlash Draws Cries Of Racism, Huffington Post, 20 December 2011]


First Sikh museum opens Saturday with Lt.-Gov. Point

Christina Toth, Abbotsford Times, 15 December 2011


ABBOTSFORD, ON – "Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point will be in Abbotsford Dec. 17 to officially open the Sikh Heritage Museum, the first of its kind in Canada, at the historic Gur Sikh Gurdwara on South Fraser Way.

"There are no other museums (on Sikh history) in the country. There are exhibits but not a museum in itself that caters to Sikh heritage," said Navneet Sidhu, a project coodinator with the University of the Fraser Valley.

The museum will feature photos and artifacts donated by local Indo-Canadian families, including a few who had uncles and grandfathers settle here almost a century ago. The project has been two years in development and is supported by federal government funds, through Canadian Heritage."



Deux prix pour le Musée des beaux-arts

La Presse, 21 décembre 2011


MONTRÉAL, QC – "Les architectes de Provencher Roy + Associés ont été récompensés deux fois lors de la remise des Grands prix du design pour avoir signé le nouveau pavillon d'art québécois et canadien Claire et Marc Bourgie du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal."


Rem Koolhaas s'invite aux Nations Unies

Libération, 21 décembre 2011


NEW YORK, NY – "L'architecte néerlandais s'attaque au Delegate's Lounge du siège de l'organisation, à New York."


Three architects selected to receive the 2012 A.I.A Thomas Jefferson Award for public architecture

Recent News, artdaily.org, 21 December 2011


WASHINGTON, DC – "The American Institute of Architects has selected, Alexander Cooper, FAIA, Daniel Feil, FAIA, and Robert Peck, Hon. AIA, to receive the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. This year’s award recipients will be honored and receive their awards at the 2012 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington D.C."


It’s Time to Rethink ‘Temporary’

Allison Arieff, Opinionator (The New York Times), 19 December 2011


UNITED STATES – "We tend to view architecture as permanent, as aspiring to the status of monuments. And that kind of architecture has its place. But so does architecture of a different sort.

For most of the first decade of the 2000s, architecture was about the statement building. Whether it was a controversial memorial or an impossibly luxurious condo tower, architecture’s raison d’être was to make a lasting impression. Architecture has always been synonymous with permanence, but should it be?"


Award puts Saskatoon in architectural spotlight

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Smartplanet.com, 18 December 2011


SASKATOON, SK – "When you ponder Canada’s many contributions to the annals of architecture, Saskatoon might not jump immediately to mind. But Canadian Architect magazine has awarded the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, one of its eight 2011 Awards of Excellence. Toronto-based Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects designed the building, in association with Smith Carter Architects and Engineers."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Remai gallery receives national award, David Hutton, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, 16 December 2011]


'We're Building Assembly-Line Cities and Buildings'

Interview with Star Architect Rem Koolhaas

Gregor Schlaeger, Der Spiegel, 16 December 2011


HAMBURG, GERMANY – "Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas is viewed as one of the most important theoreticians of his trade. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he discusses soulless cities, the failings of Europe's largest urban redevelopment project in Hamburg and the problems with SPIEGEL's brand-new headquarters."



Culture on the Go: CIBER report says mobile browsing will transform the web

Recent News, artdaily.org, 22 December 2011


NEWBURY, UNITED KINGDOM – "A new report, Culture on the Go, from UK web-watchers CIBER Research, shows how access to information is changing as people search for, read and use information on the move. A growing proportion of web browsing happens on smartphones like the new Mac iPhone 4S and tablets like the iPad, and no longer on PCs and laptops in homes and offices. This shift will have a radical impact on the design and functionality of websites, and will inevitably reflect back to the desktop screen itself."


Metropolitan Museum enhances online access to its collections with Google Goggles

Recent News, artdaily.org, 22 December 2011


NEW YORK, NY – "The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it is collaborating with Google to allow users to search the Web via pictures they take on their mobile phones, to increase access to information online about its encyclopedic collections. Beginning this week, image-based searches on Google Goggles for works of art in the Met’s collections—whether from reproductions in books, posters, or postcards, for example, or in the galleries themselves—will produce direct links to extensive information about works of art on metmuseum.org, the Museum’s website."


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Announces First E-Book

MuseumPublicity.com, 21 December 2011


NEW YORK, NY – "The Guggenheim becomes the first museum to release an exhibition catalogue e-book. As part of the museum’s foray into digital publishing, Guggenheim Publications is not only releasing new e-book titles such as the Cattelan catalogue but also making available historic out-of-print titles for online browsing and publishing digital versions of reprinted titles, including I’d Like the Goo-Gen-Heim, a timeless introduction to modern art for young readers."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Guggenheim launches museum exhibition catalogue in digital format and expands online publications, Recent News, artdaily.org, 21 December 2011]


Seeding your ideas in the digital culture using Google Currents

Patricia Martin, Culture Scout Blog, 19 December 2011


[GLOBAL] – "Creating content that’ll be published electronically raises a touchy question: will people actually want to read it? Truthfully, digital publishing lacks the "curl-up-and-read" coziness of standard print. More so than print, electronic formats are still emerging just as attention spans are narrowing.

It’s proving difficult to design content that is truly engaging for smaller digital formats. Sometimes it feels like a race to the bottom intellectually as nuances and complexities are shaved off, leaving Neanderthal nubs for people to nibble on."

Arts and Culture


The Droit De Suite Dilemma (And Why It's Just A Bad Idea)

Abigail R. Esman, Forbes, 22 December 2011


BRITAIN & US – Just as droit de suite – the requirement that artists receive royalties on secondary sales of their work – is about to go into effect in the UK, the US Congress has introduced its own droit de suite bill, which would require payment of a seven percent fee on resales above $10,000.  As described in The Art Newspaper, "The Equity for Visual Artists Act of 2011, would set aside 7% of the price for works resold for more than $10,000 at major auction houses, such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, with half the proceeds going to the artists and half to non-profit art museums."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Droit de suite bill introduced in US Congress: Legislation would see artists and museums split a royalty fee of 7% for auction resales over $10,000, By Helen Stoilas, The Art Newspaper, 15 December 2011]


Thieves hit sculptures as metal prices soar

Lucy Bannerman, The Australian, 22 December 2011


BRITAIN – "A much-loved bronze artwork by one of Britain's foremost sculptors is thought to be the latest casualty of the metal theft epidemic spreading across the country.

Barbara Hepworth's Two Forms (Divided Circle) joins the lengthening list of public and private property being lost to an illicit trade that costs the British economy an estimated pound stg. 700 million ($1.09 billion) a year."

[For more commentary on this topic, see also Robada en Londres una escultura de bronce valorada en 600.000 euros, EFE, El País, 21 de diciembre de 2011]


¿Por qué no hay ministerio de Cultura? 'El ahorro no es tanto. Importa el mensaje de austeridad'

Luis Alemany, El Mundo, 22 de diciembre de 2011.


MADRID, SPAIN – "Más o menos, todo el mundo contaba con ello: el Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy no tendrá ministro de Cultura. José Ignacio Wert será responsable de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, como lo fueron Pilar del Castillo, Esperanza Aguirre y el mismo Mariano Rajoy en la era Aznar. Un trinomio donde Educación es el plato fuerte. Habrá, eso sí, un secretario de Estado de Cultura, cargo que en los 90 ocuparon Luis Alberto de Cuenca y Miguel Ángel Cortés, y que ocupará la sede de la Plaza del Rey de Madrid.Miguel Ángel Cortés explica las razones del 'descenso de categoría' política."

[see also ¿Los últimos días del Ministerio de Cultura?, By Luis Alemany, El Mundo, August 31, 2011]


'Sería lamentable que Altamira no pudiera abrir al público'

El director del Centro de Estudios aboga por una apertura limitada

EFE, El Mundo, 22 de diciembre de 2011.


SANTILLANA DEL MAR, CANTABRIA, SPAIN – "El director del Centro de Investigación Altamira, José Antonio Lasheras, dice que sería "lamentable" que las pinturas rupestres no pudieran ser accesibles al menos para unos pocos después del esfuerzo que se ha dedicado a conservarlas, aunque el cierre seguirá hasta que los riesgos sean "asumibles."


L'Institut français teste le rattachement sous sa tutelle de 12 postes culturels à l’étranger

Artclair, 21 décembre 2011


PARIS, FRANCE – "Dès janvier 2012, 12 postes culturels à l'étranger quitteront le giron des ambassades pour être pilotés directement par l'Institut français. Une expérimentation – réversible – prévue dans le cadre de la réforme du réseau culturel à l'étranger."


Des milliers de documents précieux détruits dans l’incendie de l’Institut d’Egypte au Caire

Artclair, 21 décembre 2011


CAIRO, EGYPT – "Au cours d’affrontements entre manifestants et forces de l’ordre, l’Institut d’Égypte au Caire a pris feu, le 17 décembre 2011. Le bâtiment contenait 200 000 archives et manuscrits d’une grande valeur patrimoniale, à l’image de la première édition de la « Description de l’Égypte ». Le ministère de la Culture a annoncé, le 19 décembre 2011, que la France était prête à apporter son soutien à la future campagne de restauration via les experts de la BNF. Pour le moment, les employés et membres de l’UNESCO tentent de récupérer les ouvrages non calcinés avant que l’édifice ne s’effondre."


Lancement d’un partenariat public-privé pour la réalisation de la Cité de la musique sur l’île Seguin

Artclair, 20 décembre 2011


NANTERRE, FRANCE – "Le conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine a voté vendredi 16 novembre le lancement d’un partenariat public-privé (PPP) pour la réalisation de la Cité de la musique sur l’île Seguin. Un projet qui suscite le mécontentement de l’opposition locale."


European Theatre Convention launches "Young Europe 2" on multilingual artistic education

European Festivals Association, 20 December 2011


BERLIN, GERMANY – "For the 2nd time, the ETC develops with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission the 2 year European artistic education project: "Young Europe 2: Multilingual Creation and Education in Theatre" with the aim to establish a European multilingual drama repertoire for young people, focusing on artistic education through theatre and multilingualism in theatre. Based on the successful first project edition, which was attended from 2008-2010 by over 20 000 young people in 8 countries, "Young Europe 2" will take place until autumn 2013 offering young theatre professionals and adolescents across Europe to work and create across multilingual borders."


Edinburgh to host major culture summit in 2012

Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 19 December 2011


EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – "An international cultural summit is to be held during next August’s Edinburgh International Festival, to which all ministers for culture from the countries attending the 2012 Olympics have been invited.

Under the banner of "Culture as an International Dialogue", the two-day event will bring together ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and those involved in developing and implementing cultural policy. It is being organised as a collaboration between the Scottish and UK governments, the EIF and the British Council."


A Plan for America's Largest Urban Park

David Lepeska, The Atlantic Cities, 19 December 2011


CHICAGO, IL – "The largest urban park in the contiguous United States is coming to Chicago.

A new project, backed by at least $17 million from the state, aims to turn 140,000 acres of under-used and post-industrial land along the Second City's southern rim into a public recreation hub called the Millennium Reserve.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hopes to add private funding to the project, figuring the reserve will boost the economy and create hundreds of jobs. Environmental groups have been calling for a makeover for the Calumet region for years. "The Millennium Reserve Plan represents the first viable, large-scale attempt to protect and enhance the Lake Calumet area through an integrated, cooperative approach to land and resource management," the Sierra Club of Illinois said in a statement."


NASAA News and Current Information

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 13 December 2011


UNITED STATES – "WolfBrown Reports on Participatory Arts Practices

A WolfBrown report commissioned by the Irvine Foundation examines new trends in arts participation. In Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups Are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation, the authors give a helpful overview of participation's role in today's culture ecology, the benefits of participatory arts practice, and the kinds of programs and activities that have used these practices. Central to this report is WolfBrown's newly developed spectrum of participation, ranging from spectating to audience-as-artist, that gives artists, organizations and funders a way to easily define the audience's role in a performance. Also included are successful participatory arts practices case studies across a range of disciplines."


Year of Creative Scotland 2012

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), 12 December 2011


SCOTLAND – "Scotland-wide celebrations for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 have been mapped out by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

On a visit to Glasgow Print Studio, Fiona Hyslop unveiled a map representing our creative nation by artist Murray Robertson as she confirmed more details of the 2012 programme.

The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will begin with a bang this Hogmanay, with a spectacular fireworks display in Scotland’s capital, and will continue until 31 December 2012. Through an exciting programme celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s creativity in the global spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing our creative sector and events industry."


How healthy is the arts sector?

New Arts Index launched to provide an annual health check on the arts measuring everything from financial investment to audience numbers

The Guardian, 5 December 2011


UNITED KINGDOM – "A new Arts Index has been launched at the House of Commons, a kind of annual health check for the state of the sector and there are lots of interesting facts and statistics to ponder.

The Index is published by the National Campaign for the Arts. The actor and director Samuel West, a trustee of the NCA, says in an introduction: "The way the arts are funded and the policy that underlies that funding is changing fast. Now is a good time to catch up. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to be able measure the health of our sector and to trace the positive or negative effects of change. The UK Arts Index lets us do this." So what does the index tell us?"


Scots-Chinese cultural agreement

The Scottish Government, 5 December 2011


SCOTLAND – "A Memorandum of Understanding on Culture between China and Scotland has been signed today, committing the governments in Beijing and Edinburgh to supporting greater exchange and collaboration across the arts, creative industries, heritage and national collections - one of three major cultural agreements sealing links between the two nations.

First Minister Alex Salmond signed the MoU along with China's Minister of Culture Mr Cai Wu at a ceremony in Beijing.

The intergovernmental MoU commits to closer ties across four key areas: cultural collaboration; best practice; educational outreach; and networking opportunities. It follows discussions between the First Minister and His Excellency Cai Wu on July 9 2010 in Beijing on the opportunities for building on the already significant cultural exchanges and ties between China and Scotland."


Economics speaks louder than words when making the case for UK culture

John Tusa's call for a unique language for the arts may limit the sector's ability to engage with Whitehall, argues Dave O'Brien

The Guardian, 5 December 2011


UNITED KINGDOM – "Discussions of how best to value arts and culture are currently the essential talking (as well as typing and tweeting) point of the sector, with debate limited to neither one art form nor one region of the UK. John Tusa's recent article on finding the right language for the arts has added much to the debate. However his demand for a unique language could limit the sector's ability to engage with Whitehall and the public."

Economies and Urban Planning


The Messy Art of Saving the World: Design for the Marginalized Millions

This is the fourth post in a 7-part series from Panthea Lee of service design consultancy, Reboot. In The Messy Art of Saving the World, Lee will explore the role of design in international development.

Core 77, 19 December 2011


CHINA – "You hear a lot in the United States about China these days: While we're occupying Wall Street, they're "taking our jobs" and enjoying a booming economy.

But look a little closer, and you'll see that the so-called 99% exist in China, too (even though we often don't hear their protests). The country's transition to a market economy has left many citizens behind, and rapid growth has created a large, deep gap between rich and poor.

During a recent research trip to China, we saw this inequality in stark relief. "The city folks just get richer, and us peasants just get poorer," we heard time and again in rural areas; between 1985 and 2009, the income gap between urban and rural households increased 118 percent. The country's 55 different ethnic minority groups suffer as well; Mongols, for example, forbidden from their traditional livelihoods, now live on irregular, unreliable, and psychically devastating social support payments from Beijing."


Asian art turns from plaything of Hong Kong's young rich into moneyspinner

Demand for high-end Chinese art booms as the growing number of millionaires seek alternative investments

The Guardian, 18 December 2011


CHINA – "In a luxury apartment perched on the leafy hills of Hong Kong, Kai-Yin Lo browses through a trove of Chinese art acquired over several decades, reflecting how her niche, scholarly pursuit has hit the mainstream.

Despite giddy Chinese art prices showing some strain from global economic uncertainty, collectors like Lo think values will continue to rise due to limited supply and continued strong demand as Asian collectors become more affluent."


Foreign investment in China down first time in 28 months

Arabnews.com, 15 December 2011


BEIJING, CHINA – "China's economic growth could be slowing further as data showed the first year-on-year drop in foreign direct investment in 28 months and a fresh fall in new orders signaled a further contraction in factory activity.

The data highlights increasing risks to China's growth emanating from a deterioration in developed market economies while domestic demand is being dented by government efforts to rein in rampant real estate inflation.

"Growth momentum remains weak with additional downside risks from exports and the property market not yet fully filtering through," said Qu Hongbin, chief China economist at HSBC."



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