What is “Cultural Value” in today’s society? How do we look at the impact of “Cultural Value” in today’s artistic development and creative output? How do we find assess and evaluate its contribution to growth of our individuals and society?  

British Council in Taiwan, in partnership with Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies (TACPS), will organize a “Cultural Value Seminar” to facilitate a high-level discussion and exchange regarding the importance of understanding cultural value’s role on society and economy growth and the investigation of proper assessment methodology on cultural impact.

The seminar consists of a forum and workshop sessions open to arts professionals, cultural practitioners and policy makers. British Council has invited Professor Geoffery Crossick to make a keynote presentation on the Cultural Value Project he led from 2012-2015 in Arts & Humanity Research Council in the UK. He will also coach a workshop on “Cultural Value Evaluation Methods and Evidence”. TACPS, together with Taipei Art Economy Research Centre (TAERC) will present their research findings on the subjects of “Taiwan’s Cultural Value Project” and “Urban Art Economy: Evaluating the art economic effect”.

The ways in which we discuss, understand and evidence the value of arts and culture has in recent years become a matter of considerable interest across many countries. The UK's Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) established a three-year Cultural Value Project building on the 70 original pieces of work funded by the AHRC and selectively drawing on other existing evidence which reported last year. Professor Crossick will be presenting some of the core findings of that project which, although drawing above all on UK research and experience, raises important questions for any society seeking to identify and capture the value of arts and culture, and it is around those key questions that his talk will be structured. 

As the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan just hosted National Cultural Congress in September 2017 to gather advices on revising Cultural Basic Laws in Taiwan, and to prepare the next edition of Cultural White Paper, we hope through the peer-learning and network in this seminar, UK’s cultural value project will be a timely reference for Taiwan to find useful assessment tools to advocate its importance in its journey and reflection of society development as well as sharing with the UK about Taiwan’s Cultural Value for enhancing mutual understanding and future cultural exchange .  


Event Details

Date: 7 October (Sat.), 2017 

Venue: 5F Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, National Taiwan University of Arts

Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Crossick, The UK Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project Director

Organizers: British Council, Taipei Art Economy Research Centre, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies

Registration fee: Pay the registration fee NT$200 upon arrival. Free for members of Taipei Art Economy Research Centre, and Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies.

Enrollment: Online registration will end October 3, 2016. If maximum capacity is reached, the registration will be closed prior to the deadline.

Event schedule: 

Time Activities
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:40 Welcome Remarks
9:40-10:30 Professor Geoffrey Crossick – Understanding the value of arts and culture: four key questions
10:30-10:50 Q&A
10:50-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:20 Dr. Jerry C.Y. Liu – Cultural Value and Cultural Impact Assessment in Taiwan 
11:20-11:40 Dr. Jerry C.Y. Liu – Taiwan Cultural Value Project: Reporting preliminary survey findings 
11:40-12:00 Panel Response 
12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion: Reflections on Cultural Value, and Cultural Impact Assessment in Taiwan
12:30 Adjourn



About Geoffrey Crossick

Geoffrey Crossick was Director of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project, which explored the benefits of cultural engagement to individuals and society, and the methods by which those can be understood. Its report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, was published in April 2016. He is a historian and Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and Warden of Goldsmiths (both equivalent to Rector or President). He is Chair of the Crafts Council and a member of boards in the higher education and cultural sectors, including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Horniman Museum and the National Film & Television School. He speaks in the UK and internationally on higher education and research strategy, the importance of the arts and humanities, and the creative and cultural sectors. He is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport in England.

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