When did Value Become a Number? A Summit on Culture’s Value

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Minor Works Building

22 Stamford Court

Adelaide, SA 5000


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As the project nears the completion of its first iteration, we invite interested people to join us for a series of events to communicate our ideas and to establish the next set of concerns for advocating for better treatment of the value of culture in the international public sphere.

This event brings together three panels of speakers to explore the issues and open conversation around value in arts and culture.

9.00-9.30 Welcomes and setting the scene for the day

Professor Julian Meyrick and Professor Vanessa Lemm, Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University

9.15-10.15 Panel 1 Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture

Our three years on the project have resulted in some firm views about how value operates in the local, national and international arts and culture sector.

In this panel, members of the Laboratory Adelaide team (Professor Julian Meyrick, Professor Robert Phiddian, Professor Richard Maltby, Dr Tully Barnett and Heather Robinson) will briefly discuss the results of the project.

Our four key ares of focus are:

1) No methodology is a silver bullet

2) Language and qualitative data are crucial in understanding and communicating the value of arts and culture

3) The value of culture is conferred at least in part through formal and informal reporting mechanisms

4) The problem of value in culture is tied to the interdisciplinary problem of value

Morning tea

10.45- 12.45 Panel 2 We’re Not Alone: The problem of value in other domains

How does value appear in different domains? This panel invites speakers from a variety of different domains to consider how the problem of value erupts in their disciplines, discourses and thinking

Professor John Spoehr (Transformations Institute and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Innovation)

Dr Jane Mummery (Human-Animal relations)

Professor John Long (Flinders University Strategic Professor of Palaeontology)

Heather Smith

12.45-1.30 A catered lunch and discussion opportunity

1.30-3.30 Panel 3 How do we move the value question forward?

Having considered the notion of value as an interdisciplinary, international, and interconnected problem, this discussion brings together key figures from the cultural sector to think about how value can be recalibrated for more meaningful public discussion.

Christie Anthoney, Festivals Adelaide
Airan Berg

Join us also for, and please circulate the information for, the other events in this series

Thursday 1 March 9 - 5 "Resilience: Carving early careers in the arts and humanities"
at the Minor Works building -- register here:

Thursday 1 March | 6pm - 8 pm | Public Panel | Media Resource Centre
13 Morphett St, Adelaide

"A Strongly-Worded Letter to Arts Ministers: Three Perspectives on Reclaiming Critique for Cultural Production and Provision"
-- Julianne Schultz, Justin O'Connor and Julian Meyrick
Plus the launch of Julian Meyrick's book Australian Theatre after the New Wave
followed by drinks and nibbles!

Thursday 8 March A Public Forum on Culture's Value 2pm - 3.30 in the Riverbank Palais a forum with Jane Gleeson-White, Julian Meyrick, Airan Berg, Christie Anthoney and Greg Mackie.

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