Dr Victoria Durrer is a specialist in cultural policy. Her research explores issues of cultural voice and representation in the practices and policies of national and local cultural institutions and government bodies. Developing research projects with stakeholders is key to her studies. She is co-founder of Brokering Intercultural Exchange, an international research network on arts and cultural management, and the all-island research network, Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland. She is contributor and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. Her most recent publication is Managing Culture: Reflecting on Exchange in Global Times in the Palgrave Sociology of the Arts series. She has ongoing projects examining cultural policy making in local government, the relationship of the arts to societal reconciliation in Northern Ireland, and cross border cultural policy making on the island of Ireland.
In the discussion on balance between elitism and cultural democracy we tackled the question of excellence and managerialism which is a dominant principle in which cultural institutions are run nowadays. It seems through many examples that none of the modes has proved sufficient to address both needs entangled in the friction of the two. For this reason, we wish to continue the discussion on the question of governance and is it possible to imagine different kinds of governance in institutions and beyond that would provide a different answer to this questions. What can we do to change the way in which institutions operate now? What is needed to make them more open? How can we open them? What kinds of new practices are appearing on the horizon and what kind of answers are they offering? What kind of institutions are needed? How does audience prefer culture to be organized?