The recent event: “Salon Public on Cultural Consumption: From Research to Reality” took place on Monday 24 March and was hosted by the MA Cultural and Creative Industries student research group ‘Culture, Governance and Cities’.
Dr Tak Wing Chan (University of Oxford), Emma Keith (National Theatre) and Catherine Bunting (former Director of Research of Art Council England) were investigating the role research plays in understanding cultural consumption in terms of the policy making and audience participation.
Each of the speakers gave a short presentation focusing on their respective fields of specialisation: Dr Chan presented his rigorous research on cultural audiences, challenging the comme il faut picture of the cultural consumer; Emma Keith presented the successful audience building project ‘NT Live’, which has enabled the National Theatre to reach and engage new audience segments; and Catherine Bunting discussed how research, funding and policy can work together, while asking important questions about the governments role and mandate for interference in cultural consumption. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session that explored the intersections of the three presenter’s areas of expertise.
More than 60 people from both in and outside of the Department attended the event, which was held at the King’s College Strand Campus. The event was a great success, and Head of Department Professor Anna Reading commented “It was brilliantly organized and had a great line up of stimulating speakers”. Research Group mentor and CMCI staff member Dr Hye-Kyung Lee also noted “It truly was an ‘award-winning’ event. It was excellent in all aspects, and everything was very professional. I hope there can be more activities like this!”
Congratulations to the MA Cultural and Creative Industries students and special thanks to student Sipei Quek for the pictures.