How does cultural sector work and network online? What financial support does the sector currently receive? Discover the answers (and more) by reading 2 reports by Visiting Arts

Visiting Arts, an organization engaged in connecting artists across the world, has published the results of a survey conducted last year on the condition of culture and arts sectors in sub-Saharan Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Conducted in the realm of the project Culture Works Connections, led by the organisation in the regions, the survey deals with financial aspects, digital impact on the sector, targeting audiences, level of international work, and conditions of practitioners.

Aim of the survey and of the project is to create an extensive database to put artists and cultural practitioners in contact with producers, curators and platforms outside their countries of origin, so to give international visibility to their work and step into the global scene.

The Culture Works Connections is a three years project (2014- 2017) implemented by Visiting Arts together with the Africa Center and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism for Trinidad and Tobago, with the financial contribution of the ACP Cultures+ Programme.

The results highlighted that the great potential to expand internationally of the cultural sector of such regions collides primarily with the difficulty in finding funding, as well as with inequalities in the financial relationship, and complications with visas or government permissions.

Both Africa and Trinidad and Tobago also identified skills gaps around marketing & PR, and sustainability as barriers to international working.

The results will be used in the development of World Cultures Connect, Visiting Arts’ new international networking site to give practitioners access to

 

a world-wide market for work, audiences, ideas and collaborations, while providing the public with an insight into the cultural offer of countries. 

April 21, 2015
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