Bethany Rex

Research Fellow

London (UK)

From September 23 to October 4, 2019

Biography —

Bethany is a Research Fellow at University of the Arts London and will take up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick in late 2019. Bethany has an interdisciplinary background crossing museum and heritage studies and cultural policy and her key interest is in exploring organisational change in state-funded arts and cultural organisations, particularly local government museums, since the introduction of austerity policies after the 2008 financial crisis. She has published on a range of topics including the way decisions are made about museum funding and the values and assumptions underpinning these choices and the management of multiple demands in mission-driven arts organisations.

Project —

During my Faber residency I am looking forward to experiencing the culture and landscape of Olot as well as learning about the thinking behind cultural policy in Catalonia. I am going to use the time and space offered by the Residency to finish writing an article that I have been working on for some time now. The article is based on my PhD research into a process called ‘community asset transfer’ which has gained popularity amongst local authorities in the UK as they look for ways to keep museums open in challenging financial circumstances. I also hope to learn about developments in cultural institutions in other contexts from the other residents.