Sue Kay – Cultural Leadership (in English)

Episode 27 / 20 April 2020

It has been a while since our last English edition of „Wie geht’s“, a podcast of conversations with people working in the arts, cultural policy and the creative sector, reflecting on how the coronavirus crisis affects the cultural sphere. Here we are back again with another international episode. Today’s guest is Sue Kay, a consultant and trainer with vast expertise in arts management and cultural leadership. As Sue is working as a freelance educator, and researcher internationally, we will reflect on the situation of freelancers, but the main focus is the more general question what the current conjuncture means for the cultural sphere, cultural management and specifically leadership. Sue will talk about how cultural management training is already changing and should be changing, how we can best support cultural managers internationally, and, quite importantly, how suddenly we realise that we find expertise in areas and people who quite often are on the fringes of our western perspectives.


In conversation with Martin Zierold

Sue Kay has over thirty years’ experience in arts management and cultural administration – within performing arts organisations, funding bodies, development agencies and higher education. She has worked as a producer, programmer, venue manager, planner, project coordinator, senior lecturer for Cultural Management and now operates as a freelance consultant, educator and trainer. Her most recent substantive post as Executive Director of Culture South West in the UK enabled her to focus on regional cultural development, capacity building and high-level advocacy and facilitation. She has a particular interest in cross-sectoral working, organisational development, and curriculum design and delivery in the cultural management field. Sue Kay has an MA in Arts Management from City University in London and a PhD in Leadership Studies focusing on the day to day activities of managers in small scale theatre organisations. While she is now resident in France, she work mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, the Southern Mediterranean region and Nordic-Baltic countries.


Recommendations by Sue Kay:

The National Centre for Early Music http://www.ncem.co.uk

The New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/international

Hilary Mantel, The Mirror and The Light https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007480999/the-mirror-and-the-light-the-wolf-hall-trilogy/

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