Research
11.2023

TURNER CONTEMPORARY: ARTS' TRUE IMPACT

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art galleries located in Margate (1h away from London). Thrilled to be part of its Development Council, supporting the Board, fundraising efforts and strategies for future growth.

 

With its world class programme of exhibitions and educational activities, Turner Contemporary serves not only as an inspiring cultural hub but as an agent of change, driving the regeneration of its surroundings and contributing to the UK’s arts ecosystem. 

 

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11.2023

What an inspiring novel approach by the Alex Katz Foundation – less limelight & more impact! Long-term, systems thinking led by one of the key stakeholders – i.e. the artist – is, in my view, much more effective in improving the sector’s dynamics than traditional grantmaking.

 

The quality of public art collections – especially outside large metropolises – and support for artists in the early/mid stages of their careers are critical for the health of the arts & culture ecosystem. The Alex Katz Foundation has championed a thoughtful formula, and I advocate for looking beyond the conventional foundation model.

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ARTISTS X PHILANTHROPY

11.2023

PEOFIT AND/OR PURPOSE?

“On an electric circuit board, the light doesn’t come on until the last wire is connected. Similarly, in advocacy, companies can only create higher-order value for multiple stakeholders when all elements connect…”

10.2023

The arts & culture infrastructure is increasingly shaped by the art market. In this context, initiatives such as OFFSCREEN, Paris, pioneer new formats – combining art fair, exhibition and culture centre models, it brings together top quality, complex installations of contemporary art with meaningful programmes; while its nomadic set-up contributes to the city’s cultural landscape. 

OFFSCREEN’s second edition in 2023 included an ambitious, technology-based installation by Stefan Bruggemann and a series of conversations about the future of philanthropy for the arts & culture, both supported by the Island. Lawrence van Hagen, one of the most prominent NextGen art advisors, Aindrea Emelife, curator of the Nigerian Venice Biennial pavilion, and Russell Tovey, actor, writer, curator, collector and co-host of Talkart podcast, talked about the ever-changing arts ecosystem, their museum patronage, connection with the artist community and reaching new audiences.

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new formats: offscreen, Paris

10.2023

“[…] our societies generate both new and old problems at a faster rate than we can ever hope to solve them. Even solutions that ‘work’ can have negative side-effects that then generate new problems.” A ‘Zero Problem’ approach could move the sector away from prioritising the design, innovation, and delivery of solutions towards shaping social contexts that create fewer problems in the first place.

zero-problem philanthropy

10.2023

21st century art patronage

In the 21st century, the act of collecting art has evolved far beyond the acquisition of valuable objects. It is now an integral part of a multifaceted ecosystem within the art world. Working with CURA Art, we have further developed a course offered by Christie’s Education that delves into the significance of private philanthropy within the arts and culture sector.

 

Through panel discussions and engaging conversations with artists, we explored the evolving role of art patrons in today’s dynamic landscape. These dialogues have shed light on the intricate dynamics between various stakeholders and have provided insights into how we can ensure the provision of high-quality cultural experiences for future generations.

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09.2023

LUXURY BRANDS x CULTURAL HERITAGE

“Moreover, this philanthropic work places brands in the fashionable arena of urban regeneration as they send out messages about the quality of life, time and spaces we are part of…”

08.2023

“Private donors accounted for 80 percent of the funding, with the remaining 20 percent coming from Los Angeles County…”

FUNDRAISING FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

08.2023

NGO x STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS

“The strategy was the outgrowth of an open conversation between Ford and the Urgent Action Funds about how the BUILD grant could support the group’s long-term sustainability, including through investments…”

08.2023

PHILANTHROPY TRENDS: LIFETIME GIVING

“Donors who want to make an immediate impact and avoid ideological drift are setting up foundations that must spend their whole endowment and go out of business in a fixed period of time…”

08.2023

“The Hunt family owns one of the largest private oil companies in the country. Leah Hunt-Hendrix funds social movements that want to end the use of fossil fuels…”

BUSINESS LEGACY & FAMILY PHILANTHROPY

06.2023

“Today, practically everyone above a certain net worth has a World-Saving Project or WSP. […] The potential benefits of all this funding are, of course, huge. But a wealthy individual’s financial nimbleness, and their limited accountability, potentially create certain risks…”

BILLIONAIRES & 'WORLD-SAVING PROJECTS'

07.2023

CORPORATE MUSEUMS

“In Seoul, though, a wave of remarkable institutions, often funded by big corporations, have opened in rapid succession. Does this art/architecture nexus define the increasingly porous world between museums, commercial galleries, corporate branding, auction houses, art fairs and design?…”

07.2023

“The change to a ‘new model’ is meant to maximize the foundations’ grant-making dollars, the OSF statement said, and ‘create a culture of ‘strategic opportunism.’…”

NEW LEADERSHIP IN PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS

06.2023

NEXTGEN PHILANTHROPISTS

“Over the next 25 years, $30 trillion-plus will be passed on to the next generation in what has been described as the greatest wealth transfer in history. Some of this enormous pool of wealth will be used for philanthropy, charity, and social impact. Whilst the desire to give back spans ages, this new cohort is transforming how we do philanthropy…”

07.2023

“What is clear, however, is that a considerable amount of what comes in is used to make Rolex one of the luxury goods industry’s most prolific contributors to philanthropic causes…”

ROLEX FOUNDATION