Rights, Risks and Reputations is a programme of work developed collaboratively with Index on Censorship, What Next? and Cause4. Navigating the rights and responsibilities of art that explores socially sensitive work while respecting the right to protest can appear daunting, risky and time-consuming. The prospect of controversy, police intervention and possible closure or cancellation because the work is provocative, or the funder is controversial, can be powerful disincentives.
Risks, Rights and Reputations is funded by the Arts Council England, it aims at ensuring arts and cultural organisations and individual practitioners across the country have the tools to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best work possible.
As part of Risks, Rights and Reputations, What Next? is leading an Ambassadors programme, providing colleagues across the country with training, mentoring and resources to lead local activity. Between July – November 2018 Ambassadors will create opportunities for colleagues to connect, explore and support each other to challenge risk averse cultures with a series of workshops held across the UK. As a result of the programme, we are hoping that:
We selected our Ambassadors through an open recruitment process in January 2018. We wanted to work with individuals from across the country who were keen to develop new tools to confidently manage difficult subjects and sensitive stories, to support their local cultural community to safely take creative and reputational risks, understand their responsibilities and rights, and the rights of their artists and communities, and to manage complex situations as they arise.
Our Ambassadors are 25 pairs of individuals with an experience of leading workshops and an interest, knowledge and passion for the topic. As part of the programme, the Ambassadors have received training, resources and tools to support them to lead local activity.
Diversity and equality are essential to both the dialogue and learning around artistic risk taking and for stronger a cultural sector. The programme is actively seeking to be fully representative of, reflect, and to meet the needs of the arts and cultural community across; gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and class.
Meet our Ambassadors ›
A series of Ambassador Workshops will take place between July – November 2018 across the UK, creating opportunities to connect, explore and support each other to challenge risk averse cultures. These events are open to all. See the calendar to find out what’s happening near you and sign up for a workshop.
Alongside the Risks, Rights & Reputations Ambassadors Programme, Index on Censorship and Cause4 are leading half-day workshops for Chief Executives and Chairs of Trustees. Visit their website for further information.
This programme builds on the toolkit What Next? developed with support from the Theatre Development Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Meeting Ethical and Reputational Challenges. Click to download your free copy of the toolkit.
We are currently considering options for what happens next, including future opportunities for colleagues to connect and support each other.
Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Theatre Development Trust.