UK and Brazil Exchange of Culture and Arts
The practice-based research has had a primary level of impact with individuals and small arts organisations. Over 200 Brazilian and UK artists and organisations have been involved in this research, with a high quantity of small scale impacts on individuals which are well documented in project testimonials. Significant cultural organisations in Brazil along with UK groups and organisations such as Southbank Centre have been involved and reported policy impacts. The British Council also announced a pilot project on Creative and Cultural Skills between UK and Brazil based on the learning-exchange of this programme.
Further funding has been leveraged from Professor Heritage’s research: over £3 million has been leveraged from organisations such as Arts Council England, British Council, British Academy, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Brazilian Federal Government, Rio State Culture Secretariat and others. With a highlight placed on both countries by the Olympics, People’s Palace Projects ran a ‘Rio Occupation London 2012’ project which leveraged £600k of Brazilian economic investment in the UK’s London 2012 Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad and reached over 37,000 audience members. In 2012 Professor Heritage and People’s Palace Projects were involved in The Agency with BAC and Contact, a further cultural exchange programme awarded the annual Gulbenkian Prize, described by the Independent and Huffington Post as ‘the world's largest arts prize’.
The research has not only influenced policy within cultural organisations but also had significant political impact. Senior UK and Brazilian ministers have been involved in and supported Heritage’s work. Nick Clegg invited Heritage to be part of a delegation of cultural leaders to Brazil in 2011 and he has also briefed various Secretaries of State regarding UK and Brazil cultural practices and current policy concerns. Finally, Professor Heritage was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum in 2013 reflecting on the impact art can have on social crises; he specifically highlighted the AHRC funded project ‘Encounters: Art transforming lives.’
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|Discipline/s||Drama & Theatre Studies|
|Key Area/s of Impact||Communities; Creative Industries; Culture and Heritage; Knowledge Exchange; Policy Influence|