The Hermeneutics of Suspicion

Dr Anthony Downey presented a talk at Edinburgh College of Art yesterday, entitled “The Hermeneutics of Suspicion”. Dr Downey is the Programme Director, for the MA in Contemporary Art programme at Sotheby’s. He has a particular interest in contemporary art’s potential to engage with and expand upon social and political issues. He is the author of Art and Politics Now (2014), and later this year he will publish Archival Dissonance: Contemporary Art and Contested Narratives in the Middle East. The Centre for Cultural Relations was proud to welcome Dr Downey to present his talk the day before he was due to talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Continue reading

Art in EU-Middle East cultural relations

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Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury presenting her work Gardens Speak.

Yesterday, the Centre for Cultural Relations (CCR) took part in a workshop to explore a new approach to how EU countries can collaborate with each other to develop a channel of artistic exchange with countries in the Middle East. The approach was developed by Arts Cabinet, a small, independent arts organisation from Edinburgh, whose Artistic Director, Svetlana Sequeira Costa, has built what all present saw as a completely new form of partnership, involving artists, art organisations, higher education institutions and EU National Institutes of Culture. Continue reading

EU Strategy for Culture in External Relations

Diego Marani addresses the EUNIC General Assembly

Diego Marani addresses the EUNIC General Assembly

On 10 and 11 June Stuart MacDonald, Executive Director of the CCR, presented research done for EUNIC Global as part of the Crossroads for Culture project to the General Assembly of EUNIC in Madrid

The General Assembly was welcomed by the Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert.

EUNIC is the network of the European National Institutes for Culture (British Council; Instituto Cervantes, Goethe Institut; Institut Français etc). It has 33 members from 27 countries and over 90 clusters based in different locations around the globe. Continue reading