S03E06: On the Importance of Data (Equality in the Arts Pt. 2)


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This six part miniseries is based on the conference The Roadmap to Equality In The Arts that took place 18 January 2020 and dealt with the undeniable under- and misrepresentation of women artists, Women of Colour, non-binary and genderqueer artists in the Dutch art world. With performances, keynotes, presentations and panels the conference attempted to establish stepping-stones on the path to gender equality in the arts by raising awareness, gathering data and mobilising existing networks and collective knowledge.

The second episode deals with the lack of overview of the situation in the visual arts in the Netherlands in terms of data and the critical situation in Dutch museum spaces with regards to representation. It features Agnès Saal of the French Ministry of Culture on data monitoring and evaluation as the only way to influence policies, Galit Eilat on her pioneering research into the collection of the Van Abbemuseum and Pauline Salet on her research into the percentage of female artists in eight Dutch museums initiated by Mama Cash. It also touches upon the downsides of collecting quantitative data and the importance of qualitative research through collecting subjective stories.


The Equality Roadmap in Culture https://www.culture.gouv.fr/Sites-thematiques/Egalite-et-diversite/Les-engagements-du-Ministere/Feuille-de-route-Egalite-2019-2022).

Research Mama Cash: https://www.mamacash.org/media/documents/the_position_of_women_artists_in_four_art_disciplines_in_the_netherlands__mama_cash_2019.pdf).

References to literature can be found via the websites https://atria.nl/

and https://www.boekman.nl.

For the results of the ArtEZ BEAR survey, see: https://studiumgenerale.artez.nl/nl/studies/all/blog/survey+bear+alumni+2014+2018/

If you want to be involved in the workgroup, please contact:

Catelijne de Muijnck (ArtEZ studium generale) c.demuijnck@artez.nl

Dephine Bedel (Meta/Books) mailing@delphinebedel.com

Els Cornelis evkcornelis@gmail.com

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