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Monday, 02 September 2013 13:52

Editor's update from Venu Dhupa

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It's really great that this Journal is now being read in 106 countries and that we are now receiving content from many of them, which we will be able to share in the coming weeks.

I am working on three new series. The first is Creative Cities which looks at different Cities in the Commonwealth and why they are burgeoning creatively. There will be 12 cities and so far we have selected 9, so if you have suggestions or want to write about your city then do get in touch. The second series is about women who are working internationally who have made a clear contribution and a real difference to their creative field. Again I'm working on a series of 12 and so far I have 8 profiles in the pipeline. The third series is really inspiring and, as mentioned in my recent Peruvian blog, will profile creative individuals who are doing something daring and innovative in their part of the world, often against the odds.

I am also working on a number of other articles and partnerships. It's great that we have just agreed a partnership with the Netherlands that will allow us to profile the achievements of that nation internationally and we are in discussion with other countries (Sweden, New Zealand, Romania, Austria) to build similar partnerships. If you'd like to talk to us about a partnership do get in touch with me. We have been able to offer a number of free subscriptions in Kenya thanks to an agreed subsidy from a key partner and we are in the process of building relationships with about 15 other organisations that work internationally and who will either sponsor or support the Journal and be profiled alongside relevant content. So this editor has her hands full and is enjoying growing the reach and reputation of this unique on-line publication. I'm always pleased to hear from readers and subscribers with ideas for contributions so keep them coming to me via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last modified on Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:57
Venu Dhupa

Venu Dhupa has just completed nearly three years work with Creative Scotland as Director of Creative Development as part of the senior start-up team. Her responsibilities included the Arts, a number of Investment Programmes and International Strategy and Engagement. Prior to working at Creative Scotland she was working as a consultant and had her own publishing company.

Former employment has been: World-wide Director of Arts for the British Council where she led and completed the first international consultation/review in 25 years on the Council's global arts strategy; Director of Creative Innovation at the Southbank Centre, London (Europe's largest cultural centre). The Creative Innovation unit was imagined as a tool for introducing new partners to the organisation as well as an organisational development tool; Fellowship Director at The UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) where she managed a portfolio valued at £13million; Chief Executive at the Nottingham Playhouse; and Producer (Mobile Touring) at the Royal National Theatre.
She was the inaugural Chair of the East Midlands Cultural Consortium appointed by the Secretary of State at the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Her career history has always balanced creative exploration and strategy with implementation and delivery. This has been an important balance in developing a judgement for accountability with risk. Her motivation remains good customer service, good value and positive social change and these continue to drive her as an activist.

She is or has been a Trustee of the Theatres Trust, a Member of University College London's Heritage Committee, the external examiner for UEA MA in Creative Entrepreneurship; a Governor of Guildford Conservatoire, a Council Member of Loughborough University, a Member of the Institute of Ideas and a Member of the European Cultural Parliament. She is a patron of the Asha Foundation. She has been awarded the prestigious National Asian Woman of Achievement Award for her contribution to the Arts and Culture.

 

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