What is the future of visual arts philanthropy in the UK?

Justine Simons OBE (Chair), Alex Sainsbury and James Lingwood


Monday 9 November 2015

6.30 - 8 pm

The Wolfson Theatre, LG Floor, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields

The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, WC2A 3LJ


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Art & Culture's lecture programme is generously supported by the Singer-Zahariev Family





















In light of government funding cuts and the continuing air of austerity, alternative donor streams are crucial for many arts initiatives.  With Britain’s traditional funding outlets increasingly pressured, private sources of philanthropy and unusual models of patronage are heralded to support artistic endeavour.  This panel will debate the advantages and perils of this changing cultural landscape of state and private support.


James Lingwood is Co-Director of Artangel. Over the past two decades, Artangel has built a worldwide reputation for producing extraordinary new art projects in unusual places.


Alex Sainsbury is director, curator and funder of Raven Row, a non-profit art gallery which opened in Spitalfields in 2009. He has also set up Glass-House Trust, a grant-making charity that has initiated various projects, most recently MayDay Rooms, a social resource holding historical material linked to social movements and experimental culture. 


Justine Simons OBE is Head of Culture for the Mayor of London and Chair, World Cities Cultural Forum. As Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade, Justine has played a central role in the cultural revitalization of London - with Mayors from both sides of the political spectrum. She leads London’s Cultural Policy and shapes the City Hall’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries which covers film, fashion and design. Justine also oversees City Hall’s work in music, theatre, visual arts and art in the public realm, as well as being chair of the World Cities Culture Forum.