Failure – the ultimate taboo?

Centre for Cultural Value Festival of Ideas, 2-13 November 2020

12 November 2020

How can we better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure? This interactive session will share findings from the FailSpace project and invite you to propose ways in which the cultural sector can have more honest conversations about its failure.

**Waiting list only**

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 JankovichUniversity of Leeds and Dr David StevensonQueen 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.

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