1st Edition

Cultural Leadership in Practice Beyond Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Edited By Steven Hadley Copyright 2024
    270 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What do cultural leaders really think about the problems they, and the arts and cultural sector, face?

    This book brings global leaders in the cultural field into dialogue with academics and experts to offer profound insight and perspectives on the complex issues the cultural sector faces in a rapidly accelerating and destabilising twenty-first century context.

    The book engages directly with leaders in the arts and cultural sector, bridging the gap between academia, policy and practice. Each chapter sheds new light on national cultural policy contexts, offering different perspectives on arts subsidy, audiences, the cultural workforce, heritage, artform development and how cultural leadership functions in a fast-changing local, national and international context. Interviews are conducted by academics and experts with significant knowledge and understanding of the arts management and cultural policy field, who ask critical and probing questions. Featuring interviews with an impressively international range of senior figures from the cultural sector, from the Royal Opera House, BMW, Bloomberg and Onassis Foundation and covering countries including the UK, Germany, Chile, Singapore, Greece, USA, Serbia and Ireland, the book gives a truly global overview of cultural leadership from leaders who are open to question, critique and challenge. Each chapter offers a unique and fascinating insight into the mind of a leader in their field, with their experience ranging from huge participatory events featuring tens of thousands of people to the visual arts, opera, the Turner Prize and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

    This book will be essential reading for reflective cultural leaders around the world, as well as a useful resource for students and scholars involved with arts and cultural management and policy.

    1. Cultural Leadership in Practice 

    Steven Hadley 

    2. Public Monuments and Cultural Leadership  fayemi shakur, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Newark, New Jersey, In Conversation (USA) 

    David Andersson 

    3. Philanthropy and Cultural Leadership  Christos Carras, Senior Consultant, Onassis Stegi: In Conversation (Greece) 

    Olga Kolokytha 

    4. Artistic Directors and Cultural Leadership  Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke and Former Creative Director of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture: In Conversation (UK) 

    Steven Hadley 

    5. Post-Capitalism and Cultural Leadership  Milena Dragićević Šešić, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management: In Conversation (Serbia) 

    Višnja Kisić and Goran Tomka 

    6. Media Policy and Cultural Leadership  James Hickey, European Film Academy: In Conversation (Ireland) 

    Maria O’Brien 

    7. Museums, Decolonisation and Cultural Leadership  Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum: In Conversation (UK) 

    Roaa Ali 

    8. Corporate Engagement and Cultural Leadership  Thomas Girst, Global Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW Group, In Conversation (Germany) 

    Leticia Labaronne 

    9. Artists and Cultural Leadership  Array Collective, 2021 Turner Prize Winners: In Conversation (Northern Ireland/Ireland) 

    Jane Morrow 

    10. Opera and Cultural Leadership  Oliver Mears, Director of Opera, Royal Opera House: In Conversation (UK) 

    Steven Hadley 

    11. The Global South and Cultural Leadership  Julieta Brodksy, Minister of Cultures, Arts and Heritage: In Conversation (Chile) 

    Tomás Peters 

    12. Cultural Policy and Cultural Leadership  Kenneth Kwok, Ministry of National Development: In Conversation (Singapore) 

    Michelle Loh

    13. Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Leadership  Mark Katz and Junious “House” Brickhouse, Next Level: In Conversation (USA) 

    Jennifer L. Campbell and Jill Schinberg 

    14. Mega-Events and Cultural Leadership  Philippe Blanchard, International Olympic Committee: In Conversation (France) 

    Beatriz Garcia


    Steven Hadley is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a Visiting Lecturer at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. Steven also sits on the Steering Committee of the Cultural Research Network, the Editorial Board of Arts and the Market and is Policy & Reviews Editor for Cultural Trends.

    "This fascinating book provides a vital bridge between both arts management and cultural policy, and between academics, artists, practitioners and policymakers. With conversations spanning the globe, and addressing a range of vital contemporary issues, Cultural Leadership in Practice is an essential addition to the field and should be read by anyone interested in how cultural leadership works in the real world." Ben Walmsley, University of Leeds, UK 

    "This excellent collection is important because it reflects the voices of practitioners from the field. It includes different artforms and cultural sectors, as well as practitioners in different nations, so its breadth is extensive. It is a timely collection therefore that every student of arts and cultural leadership should acquire." Jo Caust, University of Melbourne, Australia