Dany Louise

Contested rhetoric: A public good or for the public's good?

Dany LouiseIn this presentation, Dany Louise suggests that the multiple external agendas surrounding arts festivals mask a highly contested reality between arts production and politics. Deconstructing the festival space, she likens festival organisation to a sophisticated multi dimensional game, playing out at operational and conceptual levels. The conceptual moves are often invisible and mysterious, but need to be made with exquisite skill and focus. Drawing on her PhD research, Louise argues that it is in this arena that arts' future as a public good, not simply for the public's good, will be secured.


Dany Louise writes about the visual arts and cultural policy, contributing to the Guardian, New Statesman, a-n Arts News and other publications. With twenty years arts management experience in senior roles in several organisations, including Arts Council England and local authorities, she works with arts organisations across the country on a range of strategic development projects. Most recently Dany has originated the Interpretations Matters project, which explores the use of language in gallery settings.

A PhD candidate at Brighton University, she is researching the interface between biennials of art and public policy, examining the rhetoric, motivations and tensions inherent in these complex relationships. Her presentation is informed by the emerging themes of her research.