Top international researchers will be in Johannesburg next week to conduct a series of workshops and talks with local cultural practitioners.

Ian King

Researchers; Professor Ian King from the University of the Arts, London and Professor Annick Schramme; from the University of Antwerp; will be in Johannesburg next week to conduct a series of workshops and talks with local cultural practitioners, on the topic of governance in cultural organisations.

They will offer an open public event on Tuesday 2 May beginning 17:00 for 17:30-19.30 at the Market Theatre. Other events (Wednesday 3 May) are geared specifically towards cultural practitioners running arts organisations with boards and attendance is by arrangement only. Please RSVP to, if you are interested in attending any of the events.

“The challenges facing managing successful arts and cultural institutions globally are immense and it is not getting any easier!” Professors King and Schramme explain, “Yet, our understanding of the global picture of good practice in ‘cultural governance’ is weak. Predominantly, what we know is gathered from a narrow literature and set of understandings that is mainly western (from predictable locations, for example: UK, USA and Europe), and in fact, our concern is that these perspectives might be doing more harm than good!”.

The aim of their current cultural governance project is to collect further information regarding the guise of cultural governance across a number of regions across the globe. They are collecting information from eight countries (Ethiopia, Taiwan, China, India, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Serbia), through a multi-pronged research approach which includes direct engagement with practitioners in each of these countries, allowing parties from both sides the opportunity to develop their understanding with further information, activities and discussions. The results of the study from the eight locations will be collected and re-produced in a book that will be published in late 2018.

They gratefully acknowledge support for this project from: The European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC); Creative Europe, The Creative Enterprise Programme of the European Union; The University of Antwerp and The University of the Arts, London; and in South Africa, the Cultural Policy and Management division at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Arts and the Market Theatre Foundation.

Should you have any questions about the project as a whole, please e-mail

For more information on the South African engagement, please e-mail

To book for the local events, please e-mail


The first part of this study invites people who appreciate the challenges of Managing local arts and cultural organisations to complete the questionnaire, which can be found at:

Ian King works at both the London College of Fashion and the University of the Arts London because he passionately believes that his approach to aesthetics and management is consistent with several strands of research interests that presently exist and are flourishing. He is keen to work with colleagues in developing a distinctive approach to management types of education that draws from the best of practice, but is brave and confident enough to develop its own distinctive and innovative style. He was a failed actor and in realising his own limitations he turned to the more secure route of theatre and tour management. He was fortunate to work with many international acts ranging from: the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Granada TV to Tina Turner, Elton John and Michael Jackson; before turning to an academic career and joining the University of Essex. He is also the general editor of a peer-reviewed, International, A4 full colour academic journal entitled ‘Aesthesis’ which explores the potential of art and aesthetics for management and organizational life. Furthermore, he is involved in a number of funded international research projects and is presently involved in applications for others across several countries. He has successfully supervised a number of PhD students, many of whom are now distributed across the world. He has been visiting professor at a number of Universities in Canada, France, Greece, Germany, Russia and the USA. He is also an appointed censor to the Danish Government on the potential of arts and creativity for management education.

Annick Schramme is the academic director of the Knowledge Community Creative Industries at Antwerp Management School, where she is also responsible for the research output of the Knowledge Center of Flanders District of Creativity, and for some education programs (master class cultural management; master class creative jumpers). In addition, she is the academic coordinator of the Master Cultural Management and the competence center Management, Culture & Policy (Faculty of Applied Economics) at the University of Antwerp.

Over the last years she has published about the arts policy of Flanders, the creative industries, local cultural policy and the creative city, heritage policy from an international perspective, cultural entrepreneurship etc. She is member/chair of several boards and/or advisory committees in the cultural sector in Flanders and the Netherlands, like the Royal Ballet of Flanders/the Royal Opera, the Flemish Fund for Literature, The Flemish Children’s Theatre HetPaleis and the Strategic Advisory Board for Culture, Youth, Media and Sports of the Flemish Government and the Dutch Council for Culture.