Arts, Museums and Libraries
This initiative examines the role the Arts, Museums and Libraries can play in bridging social and cultural divides in contemporary global society. Bringing together prominent art curators, historians and patrons of the arts, the Institute has played a facilitating role in procuring key works of art for exhibitions and promoting cultural diplomacy through the arts. The annual conference at Spencer House in London brings together leading private collectors and philanthropists, museum directors, artists, art historians and fundraisers from Europe and the US. The aim is to encourage the creation of an informal group to promote the interests of private collectors who make their collections open to the public.
Cultural Mediation Workshop
Arts in Global Society
29 - 30 September 2010
Dresden Islamic Arts conference
Islamic Culture- its place in Europe past and present
4 - 5 March 2010
Collecting in Today's Turbulent World
A Dialogue between East and West
9 - 11 October 2009
Art as a Universal Language
The Role of Collectors and Artists
24 - 25 October 2008
Research and Policy Papers
The Art Fund, Allen & Overy and ISD, October 2007
This paper compares the tax regimes of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US, and looks at the extent to which they facilitate public enjoyment of privately-owned collections, with a focus on art collections owned by private individuals.
Dr. Martin Roth, September 2006
This paper analyses the benefits of globalisation and international cooperation for museums. It looks at joint European thinking in the field of management and the planning of future structures, focusing on education.
ISD's annual Spencer House arts conference was held in Beijing in October 2009. The meeting was organised in partnership with the Beijing Culture and Arts Foundation and Reignwood Group.