Cultural Playing Field

Points of Contact/Pontos de Contato by Robin Simpson
February 5, 2010, 6:10 pm
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Today I have been in London to meet Paul Heritage from People’s Palace Projects to discuss the ‘Points of Contact’ programme. ‘Points of Contact/Pontos de Contato’ is a cultural knowledge exchange programme between Brazil and the UK that is setting up reciprocal learning visits between individuals working within arts organisations, policy makers and funders within the two countries. Paul hopes to influence public policy in the UK by demonstrating the successes of the Brazilian government’s ‘Cultural Points’ programme in which funding supports “what already exists and works legitimately within the community… local bodies, organisations and mechanisms that can be strengthened, improved and continuously evaluated.”

Robin Simpson.

Visual Arts and Galleries Association by Robin Simpson
February 5, 2010, 6:03 pm
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I was in Peterborough on Wednesday to meet Hilary Gresty, Director of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA). VAGA is a membership organisation which represents around 450 galleries across the UK and promotes the presentation of contemporary visual art. We talked about a variety of ways in which our organisations might work more closely. In particular we discussed The Learning Revolution target to open up 7,000 free or low-cost spaces for self-organised informal learning groups (such as voluntary arts organisations) and Hilary agreed to promote the initiative to VAGA members.

Robin Simpson.