arts management

Aglaee Degros

Aglaee Degros is a City of Vienna Visiting Professor and cofounder (with Stefan Bendiks) of the Artgineering urban planning office in Rotterdam. This agency works between spatial, social and cultural production in the public space. For this she was awarded the Karl Hofer prize of the Arts University of Berlin.

She is also a professor holding the Roland Rainder chair at the Vienna Academy of Arts and has been guest professor holding the interdisciplinary chair in urban culture and the public arena at Vienna Technical University. She recently published ‘Public space and the challenges of urban transformation in Europe and Brussels’ and ‘Brussels and the conquest of its public spaces’.

She held various lectures at amongst others: Palais des Congres Luik, Sint Lucas Brussels, Fashion Institute Amsterdam, Bouwnetwerk-Lisse, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and CIVA Brussels. Also, she is well-known for her publications ‘Artgineering/Blurred boundaries’, ‘City branding’, ‘Markant’, ‘Espace-vie’ and ‘The Artificial Landscape’.

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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli is an arts administrator, musicologist, violinist, researcher, professor and UNESCO Expert in Music (Italian National Commission for UNESCO). He is also founder and president of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, a non-profit global umbrella organization for music education and cultural diplomacy; a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

His other positions are: UNESCO Youth Delegate for Italy (2011), President Junior Chamber International Italy (Rome), Leader of the Italian National Network of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, Member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Youth Committee of the International Music Council, Member of the Youth Committee of the European Music Council (2008-2010) and Ambassador for the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe, Family member of The Festival One Week. One Europe. Berlin 2012, Board Member of Plain Ink and Powering Education.

Paolo worked in the organization of international music and film festivals such as Tuscan Sun Festival, English Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Accademia delle Crete Senesi, Rome Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.

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Anthony Attard

Anthony Attard is a cultural policy consultant, creative economy advisor, arts manager, actor and theatre director. Since 2010 he has been working as Creative Economy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment in Malta to develop a national strategy for cultural and creative industries.

He is one of the authors of Malta’s cultural policy and independent cultural expert for the Compendium of Cultural Polices and Trends in Europe . Anthony is also a theatre performer, stage director and drama tutor.

In 2009 he was selected by the British Council to participate in the Cultural Leadership International programme, a yearlong programme on cultural leadership with 35 future cultural leaders from around the globe.

Before joining the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment, he worked as Arts Manager and EU projects executive at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity ( from 2006 until 2009, where he was responsible for international projects. Moreover, in 2008 he was appointed National Coordinator for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Anthony graduated in 2004 with honors in Communications and Theatre Studies at the University of Malta. As a Chevening Scholar he completed his postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Policy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with practice-based research on cultural identity and cooperation.

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Baiba Tjarve

Baiba Tjarve is a PhD student at Latvian Academy of Culture and her research is entitled “Institutional Transformations in Latvian Culture in the Post-Communist Transition Period until 2010″. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts (Programme in Theatre Science, University of Latvia) and European Master’s Degree in Management of Artistic and Cultural Activities (ECUMEST Program (Romania) / School of Commerce of Dijon (France)).

She is also a lecturer in cultural management and contributes to the projects of the NGO “Culturelab,” publishes news on cultural policy at its website ( and updates the Latvian profile at the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (

Baiba was one of the founders of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia in 1998 and was its Director until 2004. During this period she carried out numerous international and national projects in the contemporary performing arts field, cultural management and cultural policy. Among them was the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre “Homo Novus”.

She was a lecturer at the Academy of Culture, Master Programme in Cultural Management (1998-2001) and for two years (1999-2000) she was an international fellow at the OSI International Fellowship Programme carrying out research on Baltic performing arts policies.

She has contributed to numerous publications on performing arts and cultural policy issues published in different newspapers and magazines. The “Guide to Development of an Application for a Cultural Project” was published by the Cultural Endowment Fund of Latvia in 2004.

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Orlaith McBride

Orlaith McBride has worked in the arts for over 15 years across a broad range of arts organizations including local authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre, and is currently the Director of Arts Council, Ireland.

She has produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre since 2007 and is the President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and a member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee. Orlaith served as a member of the Arts Council for over 7 years and as a member of the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Youth) from 2004-2009. She was also a member of the Arts Council Special Committee on the Arts and Education.

Orlaith became Director of NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama), the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland, in 2003, developing and managing the strategic development of a national organisation as well as representing the youth theatre sector in Ireland.

She worked for many years in South Dublin County Council developing and co-ordinating arts projects and programmes before becoming Arts Officer with the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts, as well as promoting and developing youth arts within the voluntary youth sector in Ireland.

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Paola Sarcina

Paola Sarcina received a BA in “Arts and Musicology” from the Tor Vergata University in Rome in 1991. After receiving her university degree she has attended various specializing courses in Italian and foreign universities in the field of cultural management. Since 1994 she works in management and communication for culture and performing arts sectors, collaborating with different Italian and foreign theatres and cultural institutions. She is president of Italian nonprofit organization Music Theatre International, and is also an author, director of theatre productions, journalist, teacher and researcher. Paola is a member of the Music Theatre Committee of International Theatre Institute (ITI), board member of Italian Center of ITI, and member of the Anna Lindh Foundation Network – Euromed.

Her professional focus coveres: project management and project financing for the performing arts; media and multimedia world; technical equipment for the performing arts; theatre administration; financial reporting; copyright and tredmark; comonlaw and contracts in the performing arts business; marketing, promotion & communication for the performing arts; sponsorship and out-searching; box-office strategy; musical and theatre training.

She has published articles on the performing arts and cultural management in Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, La Gazzetta della Musica, Prima Fila, Suono, Economia della Cultura, (web magazine), Musical!, (web magazine) and Diafa. Paola is also speaker at various national and international congresses and collaborates with theatre companies and performance artists in domestic and international projects.

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Burcu Yilmaz

Burcu Yilmaz’s fields of expertise include arts and cultural management, culture and development, cultural cooperation, intangible cultural heritage and performing arts. She holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Management from Koc University in Istanbul (2007). Burcu also attended the certificate program titled “Culture and Arts Management Program” organized by the European Cultural Association in 2005.

She is one of the contributors of the book entitled “Turkish Cultural Policy: Report a Civil Perspective,” published in 2011 as a result of the Independent Cultural Policy Report of Turkey project, focusing on the civil society’s perspective of Turkey’s cultural policy as an alternative to the National Report.

Between 2007-2010, she has worked for Anadolu Kultur (an independent cultural network creating artistic structures and improving local cultural policies in various cities of Turkey). During this time, in addition to many projects concentrated on cultural diversity, arts and development, and cultural cooperation, she participated in the project “Invisible Cities: Building Capacities for Local Cultural Policy Transformation in Turkey” (2008-2010). In 2010 she was a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the UN Joint Program Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia.

From 2010 to 2012 Burcu has worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, as voluntary consultant on artistic and cultural projects dedicated to development. As a short-term expert she worked for TACSO Turkey (Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations), which is funded by the European Union, conducted research and edited many publications related to capacity building, civil participation, funding, etc. (2012-2013)

Currently, Burcu lives between Strasbourg and Istanbul. She is working as a freelance consultant for NGOs in Turkey and Nepal, and also as an external expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. Apart from that she is completing her second Master’s Degree in performing arts in the University of Strasbourg and taking part in artistic projects. Burcu is also in the board of directors of Hall de Chars (a cultural center dedicated to artistic creation) in Strasbourg.

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University of Hildesheim Department of Cultural Policy

The Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, founded in 1998, focuses its work on the representatives, the content and the structures of cultural policies, arts management and arts education in Germany and in international contexts. The close relation to the Departments of Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Literature, Popular Culture, Media and Philosophy at the University enables it to teach and research areas of cultural policy and management which take account of the audience and are also appropriate to the arts. The Department of Cultural Policy embraces a concept of culture which is on the one hand focused on the theory and practice of the arts, and on the other hand, on the sociological, educational, political and economic effects of artistic and creative processes in society.

It has three professorships and currently five research assistants. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider is in charge of the field of cultural policy, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel of the field of cultural management and Prof. Vanessa-Isabelle Reinwand-Weiss of the field of arts education. They are responsible for the following areas of research:

Cultural Policy:

  • of local, national, European and international organizations
  • for theatre, fine arts, media, music, literature, community-arts, arts education
  • for different target groups
  • for cultural industries
  • for arts and development

Arts and Cultural Management and Mediation:

  • audience development
  • public relations for the arts
  • visitors and non-visitors studies
  • cultural entrepreneurship

Arts Education:

  • theory and history of arts education in a national and international perspective
  • quality-standards of arts education
  • impacts of arts education and research methods
  • mapping arts education

In addition to individual research projects, research work on all these themes is conducted within the framework of doctoral theses. Alongside basic research the Department of Cultural Policy consults government and non-government institutions in the field of politics as well as arts organizations.

Since 2012 the Department has hosted the UNESCO Chair “Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development,” coordinated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad. The areas of responsibility covered by the chair comprise:

  • the role of the artist in social and political transformation processes
  • the influence of cultural policy on changing government structures
  • concepts and needs for arts education in Africa as well as in other developing countries and countries in transition
  • structuring training programmes in the field of cultural policy and arts management
  • the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
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Martin Drury

Martin Drury has worked in the arts sector for 35 years as teacher, theatre director, project manager and consultant. He is a former Associate Director of Ireland’s National Theatre. As policy-maker and practitioner, he has consistently sought to place the arts within a context of public policy and provision.  As an independent consultant, he has undertaken numerous research, advocacy, and strategic development contracts for a wide range of clients in the fields of culture, education, health and local government.   Martin has published extensively in the fields of arts policy and arts education and has taught and lectured widely both at home and abroad, including in late 2011 in Melbourne at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture.

Since early 2013 Martin is Strategic Development Director with the Arts Council in the Republic of Ireland. Martin took up the newly created position after five years as Arts Director with the Arts Council. His responsibilities in the latter post included overseeing the Council’s work – funding and other support programmes – in multidisciplinary arts areas (especially venues and festivals) as well as in a wide range of areas of partnership and actions in socially-engaged areas of practice such as: Local Government, Education, Health and Community. As member of the Senior Mangament Team he was the convenor of the Council’s Policy and Strategy Committee.

Since 1979 he has worked in a wide variety of key positions in the arts in Ireland. Martin has been variously Ireland’s first regional Arts Education Officer, Artistic Director of TEAM theatre-in-education company, Education and Dance Officer of the Arts Council, author of The Dublin Arts Report, script editor for Druid Theatre and Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. While at The Abbey he directed five productions, delivered a number of key projects and publications for the Education and Outreach Department, and was a member of the AbbeyOneHundred Centenary Committee.

Martin was also founder of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children , spending four years project-managing the creation of the award-winning building and nearly six as its first director (1995-2001). His period as director was marked by numerous commissions and premieres across all the arts and the development of innovative projects inside and outside the centre.

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