Governance Development and the Arts Debate

7th March 2017


GGI will host a debate with the intention of exploring some of the critical issues central to good governance development within the sector. This event will also see the launch of GGI’s ‘Governance development and the arts’ report.

The debate will bring together chairs, chief executives, non-executive directors and trustees from large and mid-scale UK based arts organisations to focus on the development needs of those in leadership positions. GGI will facilitate a discussion that will examine the sharing of good governance practice between boards.

We intend to debate the following matters:

  1. What are the current and future board development priority needs for arts and cultural organisations in the United Kingdom?
  2. How can the exchange of governance learning between different arts and cultural organisations be established? How can less experienced arts boards learn from the practice of fit for purpose boards?
  3. How can arts boards create a forum for governance information sharing between different sectors? Are artistic independence, academic freedom and clinical independence areas that throw up similar issues for boards of arts organisations, hospitals and universities?
  4. How are the arts and cultural sector in general likely to be funded over the next five years? What will be expected by “stewardship” in the Arts?
  5. How can we ensure Arts boards are robust? What is the role of “funders” at board meetings? Consideration of the Board as a neutral “guardian” of the organisations artistic focus
  6. The notion of ownership of intellectual property/commercial gain between the board and artistic makers/creators – how is this best defined? What are the responsibilities of trustees for supporting artistic risk?

The outcomes of the debate will assist in shaping a larger programme of work that GGI is undertaking in the topic of governance practice and development in the art and cultural sector.

Time: 5:30-8pm, 7th March 2017

Venue: One Great George St, London SW1P 3AA

This event is by invite only. If you would like to register your interest please complete the form below.

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