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Liberate Tate, Sunflower (detail), 2010 Photo: Jeffrey Blackler

Thursday 29 January, 2015

Event 10am – 5pm; Drinks 5pm – 6pm

£12.50, including tea/coffee, lunch and a complimentary copy of the publication Take The Money And Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art by Jane Trowell (Platform)

*15 free places are available by application to those on low/no income.

at Toynbee Studios, London,
28 Commercial Street E1 6AB

Book here

The problem with commercial and philanthropic means is that they will, inevitably, support commercial and philanthropic ends.  At best, this heralds an endless reproduction of the established order, with no room for dissent.  At worst, it invites the amoral compass of corporate life to sear its brand onto the beating heart of culture. Mary Paterson, writer, 2014

As artists and arts organisations are increasingly asked to seek support for their work from corporate sponsorship and individual philanthropy, questions about cultural values, the ethics of fundraising, and who we are prepared to take money from are becoming more and more urgent. In recent months there has been a groundswell of debate and growing dissent about the conflicts and contradictions between commerce and culture.

Take the money and run? is a day of presentations, provocations and discussions by artists, activists, academics, producers and journalists looking at the challenges of fundraising ethically and a range of strategies we might consider for the future. The event features live, remote, recorded and written contributions from Dave Beech, Rachel Spence, Mel Evans, Eriel Deranger, Kelli McCluskey, Mark Ravenhill, Jen Harvie, Judith Knight, Jess Worth, David Cross, Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, and Glen Tarman.

Building on initiatives by Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and Home Live Art as part of their Catalyst-supported research into ethical fundraising and individual giving, this is an event for artists, producers, venues, funders, scholars, writers and anyone concerned about ethics, funding and art.

Take the money and run? is produced by Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and Home Live Art, in collaboration with Platform.

*Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and Home Live Art are offering 15 free places at Take the money and run? to independent artists, activists, producers, researchers and others on low/no income.

To apply for a bursary please send an email of no more than 250 words to Philippa Barr philippa@artsadmin.co.uk by 12 January stating why you would like to attend, how you think you can contribute, and what you hope to take away from the event in relation to your own practice and approach.