Cultural Playing Field


Celebrating the first year of The Guardian Culture Professionals Network by Robin Simpson
September 21, 2012, 10:52 am
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On Thursday I was at the offices of The Guardian in London for a reception to mark the first anniversary of the launch of The Guardian Culture Professionals Network – the dedicated online community for everyone working in the arts, heritage and culture sector. I’ve been on the panel for two of the Culture Professionals Network live chats – on “creative collaboration in a time of cuts” and “how can we ensure Scotland stays creative?” – and it’s been an interesting way of bringing together a wide range of people working in the sector and stimulating interesting debate. On Thursday we heard from the Editor of the Culture Professionals Network, Nancy Groves, who encouraged us to persuade more of our colleagues to join the (free) network and to contribute to the online discussion (see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network). Melissa Denes, Arts Editor of The Guardian, then chaired a fascinating conversation about the future of digital in the culture sector and the shared opportunities it presents. Jane Finnis, the Chief Executive of Culture24, and David Sabel, Head of Digital Media and Producer of NT Live at the National Theatre, shared their experiences and discussed the difficulty of predicting where digital technology will take us over the next 10 years. It was interesting to compare this discussion with the recent Voluntary Arts Wales open forum event on the digital revolution and its implications for voluntary arts groups (http://www.voluntaryarts.org/openforum/).

Robin Simpson.

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