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Failure – the ultimate taboo?

Date: 12 November 2020
Time: 14:00 to 15:30
Cost: Free
Location: Online

How can we better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure?

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Not every cultural participation project will achieve the impact that it set out to or deliver all the aims for all its stakeholders. This doesn’t mean that these projects are not of value or cannot generate wider learning.

The FailSpace research project, led by Dr Leila Jankovich, University of Leeds and Dr David Stevenson, Queen Margaret University, explores how cultural policy can better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure.

This interactive session will share some findings from the research and invite you to propose and discuss ways in which the cultural sector can have more honest conversations about its failure.

Demand for demonstrating impact often means we default to making the case for the value of participation projects rather than identifying opportunities to learn and change.

We believe that critically reflecting on both success and failure, drawing on a range of different perspectives, is the best route to ensuring this sort of learning takes place and can be built on and shared in future.



Leila Jancovich

Leila Jancovich

Leila is Professor of Cultural Policy and Participation in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.  She has significant experience working in the cultural sector as a producer, researcher, consultant and policy maker. Since entering academia her research has focused on cultural policy, participation, power and decision making, related to which she has sat on a number of national policy advisory boards and runs an international network and research centre. Her current research examines the benefits of identifying, acknowledging and learning from failure in the cultural sector

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