Artstrust: International Development (2013)
This period of research will be split into three key areas of exploration:
· Identifying future artist collaborative opportunities
· Cultural identity and knowledge exchanges programmes
· Partnership development for UK and Brazilian artist
We have been working as an arts producer professionally since 2006. Within our work we aim to deliver performance commissions, public art, strategic development and organisational development for arts organisation and independent emerging and established artist; across the UK. Networks and partnerships are a key factor within our work, allowing us to achieve our long-term goal.
It’s known that globalization is offering new opportunities across the board. For example reaching global audiences and securing income from new markets finds new international strategic alliances forming between arts and, as a point of discussion, education providers and the professional arts. For example; the new partnership between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Warwick University Business School (soon to include City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet). This brings rise for the need to share models of good artist and business practice, being mindful of the positive and negative impact of cultural imperialism and cultural exchange.
Within the UK there has been a noted call for knowledge sharing and capacity building of Arts from Brazil to the UK. For example at London's annual Frieze Art Fair, the number of Brazilian galleries represented has nearly doubled in recent years to five. Co-director Matthew Slotover said "I've been to Russia, China and Brazil in the last few years and Brazil is the most interesting one of the Bric countries, It has an incredible history of architecture and design through modernism, and that has really fed into the art scene."
The development of art more widely within Brazil has been recognised by the Brazil's Ministry of Culture who has received its biggest budget to date this year , amounting to 2.2bn reais, up from 1.4bn Reais last year. It was reported by the Guardian that ‘the problem is not all the funds available gets spent, says Contas Abertas, a non-governmental organisation that monitors the nation's accounts’.
Nevertheless there is a clear commitment from the Brazilian government to invest in internalisation with a rise in residencies, bursaries and fellowships for young artists and students around Brazil. Most notably Science without Boards, a Brazilian Government scholarship programme which aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate sandwich courses, including dance programmes.
Experts say that Brazil has become a much more exciting place for young artists than more experienced ones. Some prestigious galleries have opened experimental spaces. Galeria Fortes Vilaca was one of the first galleries to invest in new talent and experimental projects and recently São Paulo gallery, Galeria Vermelho, founded in 2002.
Being aware of the British Council initiative TRANSFORM this is the key time to be developing collaborative process between the two countries. As Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council said, “The London Olympics was a catalyst for building new cultural relationships around the world, TRANSFORM will enable the UK to work with Brazil to continue and grow that legacy. We are going to bridge the London and Rio Olympics
games with this new programme to forge new connections and cultural understanding that will build trust.”
Working in Brazil will enable our partnership to take our goals to the next stage with a clear working plan of development and shared goals, within our art form, dance.
Supported by the Artists' International Development Fund