Posts in Young Peoples' voices
'Culture cannot be dissociated from development in any society'

If we recognise that in most policy discourses, such as those produced by UNESCO and the United Nations, capacity building is seen as a critical element to social cohesion, we can thus begin to understand the connection between artistic research and social cohesion, as, in sharing their knowledge and skills locally, artists become the capacity builders. This model of capacity building also offers a chance to redefine and challenge traditional top down approaches to capacity building, offering the chance to evaluate the benefits of a bottom up approach, as a key quality of artistic research is that the artistic research process is democratic, and artist-led.

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Investigating Cultural Civil Society

Klara Kostal’s research describes the cultural policy context through which Arts Cabinet identifies alternative modes of transaction, exchange and collaboration. ‘Rather than revealing a straightforward reasoning behind governance, this research project highlights the complexities of ‘governmentality’ that originate from the context of the EU. Taking this angle, the findings show how the 2016 Structured Dialogue worked as a ‘practical feature of government’’, incorporating two distinct ‘families of governmentality’: democracy and neoliberalism’.

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