Louise Jeffreys, Artistic Director of the Barbican Centre in London, will talk about the ways in which the Barbican has remained relevant over the last twenty years of its existence will answer the question: how did they manage to succeed for such a long period of time?
The Barbican Centre is a performing arts center in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. It also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory.
Jeffreys will discuss how the Barbican Centre has remained a popular and modern arts center by adapting to a changing financial, social and cultural environment over the last twnety years. In addition, she will share the further challenges for the Barbican and the wider arts sector might face in the future.
Finally, she will reflect on how her leadership style has changed over time and explore the skills that cultural leaders will need to develop in order to ensure the arts continue to thrive. She will posit that successful cultural leaders of the future will be creative and collaborative individuals who support the development of leadership skills across their organization in order to find imaginative solutions to tough challenges.
The lecture is a part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organized by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together with the British Council.