Tales From The Field

International Networking & Discussion Series

Visiting Arts invites you to join our global network of cultural managers, creative producers and artists in a series of discussions that address equally the bureaucracy inherent in international work as well as the need for cultural sensitivity and dialogue. Real life experiences and first-hand knowledge will be shared by our speakers and through audience discussion. There will be a chance to meet and connect with others who are passionate about seeking, finding and discussing common ground across borders. Stay for networking with a drink after the event.

Upcoming and past events listed below.


Upcoming events:

Stay tuned for upcoming Tales From The Field events in 2018 on Iranian contemporary literature in the UK and European Capitals of Culture.


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Past events:

Promoting access to culture - the digital shift and audience development
Presented in partnership with Rich Mix
29 September, 6:30-9pm

“Digital technologies have changed the way people access, produce and use cultural content. What is the impact of the digital shift on audience development policies and what are the practices of cultural institutions?” - Visiting Arts’ Chief Executive, Yvette Vaughan Jones is co-chair of the working group of EU Member States experts on promoting access to culture via digital means under the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). This July the group published a report on the policies and strategies for audience development. For the fourth instalment of Tales From The Field we share the findings of this report and invite panel members from Rich Mix, The Audience Agency, BBC Studios & Camelot Group to share their perspectives.


Building partners and networks to support international artistic exchange

15 March, 6.30-9pm

The Hub, Arch 29, Union Yard, Union Street, London SE1 0LR

Presented in partnership with The Africa Centre

Visiting Arts engaged with over 400 international artists and cultural managers in the last year in Trinidad & Tobago, Ethiopia, Malawi and the Pacific Islands, face to face through training or knowledge sharing events – with the aim of increasing access to international arts & culture in diverse locations worldwide. We discuss the general principles of building partnerships and growing networks to create vibrant international projects that work for multiple stakeholders, and most importantly, artists and creative businesses around the world.

Pannelists: Yemisi Mokuolu from Hatch Africa and Vanessa Eden of Pacific Island Artists Connection.


Working with Embassies and Cultural Institutes

13 September, 6:30–9pm

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1  Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH 

Presented in partnership with EUNIC London

What influence do embassies and national cultural institutes have in countries around the world, both financially and culturally? How can better relationships be fostered for international arts projects? These questions will be discussed with cultural attaches and embassy representatives, highlighting success stories and pitfalls of working with both government and international development agendas.

Panelists: Dr. Tereza Porybna of the Czech Cultural Centre in London, Eva Schmitt of the Goethe Institute, Timothy Gerhardson, Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy London, Jonathan Meth, Curator of The Fence and tutor at Goldsmiths. 

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Previous events in the series

Art & Politics

20 July, 6:30-9pm

Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB

Presented in partnership with Highlight Arts

What responsibility do artists have to engage with politics in societies around the world, and what motivates them to do so? How might artists influence cultural, political and social values as a visitor to another community? We will hear from artists and creative producers who bring case studies embedded in diverse cultures, with a lively debate about what it means to be a creative citizen in a global society.

Panelists: Dan Gorman, Executive Director, Shubbak Festival and Coordinator, Highlight Arts, Julia Farrington, Head of Campaigns and Events at Belarus Free Theatre, Serra Ataman, ING, and Jevan Chowdhury, Director, Wind & Foster

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