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  • Exhibition and Symposium Going Public

    “The Going Public exhibitions in Sheffield are a useful reminder to all of us of how many collections, particularly in towns and cities outside London, were originally started by private collectors with a passion and enthusiasm for the arts and the places in which they lived…we need to look at how we recreate that kind of public and philanthropic environment.”
    – Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture & The Digital Economy


    City of Sheffield, UK (September – December 2015)
    The foundation’s main objective, to encourage the expansion of networks between public and private sectors, originated from the project 
    Going Public, which took place between September and December 2015 in Sheffield. Going Public consisted of a city-wide exhibition programme over four months, accompanied by a symposium on the question ‘How can Public Art Institutions Unlock the Potential of Philanthropy?’. Conceived by curators-at-large Sébastien Montabonel and Mark Doyle, led by Museums Sheffield and supported by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University, the project assembled the works of four renowned international collections that were displayed in numerous venues across the city. Going Public presented a convincing argument for the collaboration of the public and private philanthropy. Endorsed by Minister of Culture Ed Vaizey, the symposium featured in the first Cultural White Paper to be drafted since 1965 in the UK. A Report by independent writer Louisa Buck, was released to the public in July 2016.

    Private Collections:
    Cattelain Collection
    Marzona Collection
    Sandretto Re Rebaudaengo Collection

    Graves Gallery
    Millennium Gallery
    Sheffield Cathedral
    Site Gallery
    Sheffield Institute of Arts at Sheffield Hallam University

    Symposium Participants:

    His Grace the Duke of Devonshire
    John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums, Arts Council England
    Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy
    Jane Morris, Editor, The Art Newspaper
    Kim Streets, Chief Executive, Museums Sheffield
    Sarah Philp, Head of Programmes, Art Fund
    Kirstie Skinner, Director, Outset Scotland
    Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General, CRT Venture Philanthropy Foundation
    Philip Dodd, Writer, Broadcaster & Founder of Made in China
    Laura Sillars, Artistic Director, Site Gallery
    Bryony Bond, Curator, The Whitworth
    Nicolas de Oliveira, Curator and Writer, Course Leader MA Curating at London Metropolitan University
    Peter Murray CBE, Founder & Executive Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Iain Watson, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
    Melanie Cassoff, Managing Director, The Freelands Foundation
    Matthew Pateman, Professor of Popular Aesthetics & Head of Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University
    John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation
    Sébastien Montabonel, Founder, Montabonel & Partners
    Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy, Arts Council England
    Janet Barnes CBE, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust
    David Knaus, Managing Director, Marrakech Museum for Photography & Visual Art
    Caroline Collier, Director Partnerships & Programmes, Tate