Some may say that the Museum and in particular Contemporary Art Museums have always been places where alternative facts, dialogues and discourse have taken place. Indeed there purpose and mission to explore and educate is often at its best when it pushes the boundaries of theory and informs the practice of making.
All of this takes place within an institutional umbrella , a temporal safe place. However Increasingly these debates are taking place within the actual governance processes in Society and in areas such as Brexit and in various national governments. Policy through real life experimentation, the outlandish claimed as facts and reactive making and remaking are increasingly common. What then is the role of and how can culture reassert its self and its purpose in such an environment?
Donald is an Urbanist and Head of Regeneration and Community for Tate Galleries. Over the last twenty five years his work has been at the forefront of exploring and thinking about the role culture, architecture, food & museums can play in the regeneration, place making, economic and social development of cities and communities.
Donald acts as an advisor on creative economy for the British Council & UK Trade , is a CABE/Design Council Built Environment Expert and advises, lectures and teaches cultural and business policy, urban renewal, food markets, community empowerment and creative cities.
At Tate, with a wide and varied portfolio he has led an ongoing urban renewal programme which has put Tate Modern at the centre of a “meshed” cultural and social model of regeneration. Donald is Chair of Trustees of Borough Market where he has led the thousand year old charity through a period of major change. He also Chairs Better Bankside Business Improvement District, one of the founding British BIDs.
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