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Women in Leadership
Women Working in Culture Network

Frances Morris, Milota Sidorova, Khadija El Bennaoui, Juliette Duret, Alisa Prudnikova
Left to right: Frances Morris, Milota Sidorova, Khadija El Bennaoui, Juliette Duret, Alisa Prudnikova | © Ana de Matos / Goethe-Institut

From facing initial resistance to launching a new reality, women working in arts and culture have had a profound impact on cultural institutions and their working environment over the years. Not only have female cultural practitioners contributed to the transformation of societies, but also the growing number of women in leading positions.

“Women have become more and more evident in leadership roles within cultural organisations. And I think that has had a slow, but very profound effect on the values we work with and the systems and structures we work within,” says Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern.
In order to share and discuss innovative aspects of female leadership and empowerment, an international group of female leaders regularly comes together for the Women Working in Culture Network. The network was initiated by the Goethe-Institut in Europe.

In reaction to the corona crisis in 2020:
All participants joined together online to reflect together on the challenges but also on chances which each one is seeing both in their personal and in their professional context. Also, the group collected pressing issues in terms of addressing the current crisis in their respective leadership roles such as envisioning the roles of arts institutions in ten or twenty years or how to implement models of improvisation within arts- and cultural institutions as long-term planning has become almost impossible in these times. Within the discussion the focus was placed on the possible role of artists in these times of change. The group will continue to work on these questions in different working sessions until autimn 2020.

Topic: ThinKing Future Anews – Part 2

16 June 2020
With philospher Susan Neiman and Tate Modern director Francis Morris.
  • Domestic Issues were privatised and locked away - even in people's heads. © Graphic Recording
    Domestic Issues were privatised and locked away - even in people's heads.
  • Discrimination is not a private problem! © Graphic Recording
    Discrimination is not a private problem!
  • Not creative enough to be capitalised? White bourgeois women: omogenic ideas, wannabe self-optimised, multi-tasking abilities, very well-educated © Graphic Recording
    Not creative enough to be capitalised? White bourgeois women: omogenic ideas, wannabe self-optimised, multi-tasking abilities, very well-educated
  • Gay, transnational, female, hardcore, nationalist? © Graphic Recording
    Gay, transnational, female, hardcore, nationalist?
  • I am (not) an old-fashioned dinosaur feminist. © Graphic Recording
    I am (not) an old-fashioned dinosaur feminist.
  • Feminism is not conform. © Graphic Recording
    Feminism is not conform.
  • Lines of conflicts: where do white and Black feminism cross? © Graphic Recording
    Lines of conflicts: where do white and Black feminism cross?
  • Femininity and masculinity are social constructs, not biological categories. – Nikita Dhawan © Graphic Recording
    Femininity and masculinity are social constructs, not biological categories. – Nikita Dhawan
  • Choose a label, from "woman" to "gender". © Graphic Recording
    Choose a label, from "woman" to "gender".
  • Never use feminism in singular! Put it in context to be precise. © Graphic Recording
    Never use feminism in singular! Put it in context to be precise.
  • Female leaders = better crises management? © Graphic Recording
    Female leaders = better crises management?
  • Female leaders = another quality of listening? © Graphic Recording
    Female leaders = another quality of listening?
  • Grassroots movements need a multidirectional strategy © Graphic Recording
    Grassroots movements need a multidirectional strategy
  • "People qualify out there." – "How about YOU invest as an institution in more equal social structures?" © Graphic Recording
    "People qualify out there." – "How about YOU invest as an institution in more equal social structures?"
  • Beware of "Instagram feminism" - Attention of "happy, happy solidarity!" © Graphic Recording
    Beware of "Instagram feminism" - Attention of "happy, happy solidarity!"
  • Solidarity is not "happy happy harmony". It deals with the vulnerability of people. © Graphic Recording
    Solidarity is not "happy happy harmony". It deals with the vulnerability of people.
  • Globalisation of Compassion – We instantly know what happens on the other side of the world. © Graphic Recording
    Globalisation of Compassion – We instantly know what happens on the other side of the world.
Impressions by © Graphic Recording.
 

Topic: Sustainability

3 June 2020

Impressions by © Graphic Recording.
 

Topic: Thinking Future Anew – part 1

29 May 2020
The pandemic, the challenges, and the opportunities that lie in uncertainty.
  • Drawing of the participants on a screen during the online conference. © Graphic Recording
  • The arts are a universe of possibilities. Schools should show their potential. © Graphic Recording
    The arts are a universe of possibilities. Schools should show their potential.
  • Drawing of a figure gently poking a heart in his hands © Graphic Recording
    Arts have the power to poke and wake up the heart
  • Is art that's most expensive most important? © Graphic Recording
    Is art that's most expensive most important?
  • Many ways lead to the arts sector if the arts are open on all sides. © Graphic Recording
    Many ways lead to the arts sector if the arts are open on all sides.
  • How to believe that after the "Big Rething" something will change. © Graphic Recording
    How to believe that after the "Big Rething" something will change.
  • "Stop flying!" - "Not yet! I am waiting for a virus." © Graphic Recording
    "Stop flying!" - "Not yet! I am waiting for a virus."
  • The conflict of the economy's political pressure hidden under the table at which the lives of people, theatened by a virus that doesn't go away, are discussed © Graphic Recording
    The conflict of the economy's political pressure hidden under the table at which the lives of people, theatened by a virus that doesn't go away, are discussed
  • It's horror! Massive growth carries the danger to lead to massive explosions. © Graphic Recording
    It's horror! Massive growth carries the danger to lead to massive explosions.
  • Facing all these problems and confusion, everyone also has their very own. © Graphic Recording
    Facing all these problems and confusion, everyone also has their very own.
  • The obession with getting back to normal might just be a canvas on which we project yet another unrealistic film. © Graphic Recording
    The obession with getting back to normal might just be a canvas on which we project yet another unrealistic film.
  • Uncertainty can encourage experimentation. © Graphic Recording
    Uncertainty can encourage experimentation.
  • Uncertainty can be something to rely on. © Graphic Recording
    Uncertainty can be something to rely on.
  • Person at a table with bowls of marbles represting past, present and future. © Graphic Recording
    Going backwards can be a way to go forward.
  • Moment of radical rethinking: our sceptical and our hopeful selves are all part of us. © Graphic Recording
    Moment of radical rethinking: our sceptical and our hopeful selves are all part of us. Let's listen to the latter!
  • The heart dived and the pants are running away with it. © Graphic Recording
    The heart dived...
  • Consumption, wealth and poverty, the planet, justice and human behaviour are lying in ruins. A faint silhouette of a house in the background and a person next to all of this thinking: "It's time to build!" © Graphic Recording
    Let's start building what's broken!
Impressions by © Graphic Recording.
 

Topic: How Are Women Changing the World of Arts and Culture?

29 - 30 November 2019

During the first Women Working in Culture Network meeting, we asked five participants to share their thoughts with us. How are women changing the art and cultural scene worldwide? Are women better visionaries for the future of our cities? And are female directors changing the world? Watch their answers below and join the debate on social media!

#WomenInCulture

Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern, on the question:
"How are women changing the art and cultural scene?"

Milota Sidorova, head of participatory planning at the Metropolitný inštitút Bratislavy, on the question:
"Are women better visionaries for our future cities?"

Khadija El Bennaoui, director of Art Moves Africa (AMA), on the question:
"Can women transform the Arab world through arts and culture?"

Juliette Duret, Head of Cinema at BOZAR, on the question:
"Are female directors changing the world?"

Alisa Prudnikova, regional development director of the ГЦСИ-NCCA in Moscow, on the question:
"What impact do women have on Russian art and culture?"

 

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