Steven Hadley joins The Audience Agency

Dr Steven Hadley joins The Audience Agency as Associate Consultant...

31 May 2017

Dr Steven Hadley, arts manager, writer and lecturer recently joined The Audience Agency as Associate Consultant. He’ll be working with us through specialist consultancy and cultural policy work. Steven is an expert in English cultural policy and Audience Development and teaches on the MA in Arts Management at Queen’s University Belfast.

Steven has over 20 years arts marketing and management experience in both the visual and performing arts, most recently as Chief Executive of Audiences NI, the audience development agency for Northern Ireland. He has experience of working with a wide range of arts organisations, funders, local authorities and government departments and recently sat on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) Ministerial Arts Advisory Forum working to develop a new ten-year strategy for the arts.

Earlier this month, the arts and humanities journal Cultural Trends published a new paper by Steven and Clive Gray – ‘Hyperinstrumentalism and cultural policy: means to an end or an end to a meaning? The paper investigates the implications for the subsidised cultural sector if instrumental cultural policy is taken to its logical conclusion. Alongside academic writing Steven has also written for the Journal of Arts Marketing, The Conversation, The Stage and Arts Professional. Read Steven’s Arts Professional article ‘Democratising the arts’, in which Steven asks if putting public money towards increasing the accessibility of the arts is a never-ending task.

Steven is currently writing a book on Audience Development and Cultural Policy which argues that we need to consider the relationship with audiences as being about much more than an organisational management function and over the coming weeks Steven will be delivering keynote presentations in Gothenburg, Edinburgh and Turin on the question of how to enable more democratic forms of access to arts and culture.

Follow Steven on twitter: @mancinbelfast