The Cultural Value Network is a collaborative Initiative between UK and Australian partners which has developed following conversations that started in occasion of Dr Eleonora Belfiore’s trip to Australia in May 2012 to give a keynote entitled ‘Thriving on measurement? Articulating ‘cultural value’ in a policy context’ at the international conference Making Culture Count: Rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship.
The conference was a joint venture of the Cultural Development Network and the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. The full programme as well as slides, audio and video recordings of the conference papers can be found here.
From informal conversations during the conference and follow up discussions with colleagues and contacts it soon became apparent that there is a genuine thirst within the cultural policy field for a space for international, collaborative, critical, radical, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral explorations of cultural value. The Cultural Value Network project is the result of these exchanges and aims to address this need for opportunities to develop and share new ideas on value.
The key institutional partners in the setting up of this international research network are:
In addition to the key partners, the project team has received expressions of interest in being involved in the network’s activities from a range of organisations and individuals across Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
The objective of the network is to contribute to developing a critical and novel research agenda around cultural value and a constructive and collaborative debate between academic researchers, cultural policy makers and practitioners. We plan to achieve this through the organisation of research workshops, the creation of fora for ideas exchange and public discussion and high profile dissemination activities.
The key partners are currently developing a programme of activities and seeking external funding to support the planned international research and knowledge exchange activities.