Robert Sirman interviewed in ‘Arts Leaders Talk’ video series

02 August 2012, Canada

Mr Robert Sirman, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, and Treasurer of the IFACCA board, talks about the importance of artists in the design of government support for the arts; his most transformative life experiences; and what Titus Andronicus means for modern arts development.

The video, part of the ‘Arts Leaders Talk’ series, was filmed during IFACCA’s CEO Leadership Seminar held immediately prior to the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture in October 2011.

In the series, leaders from IFACCA member organisations from around the world were asked five questions: What have you learnt as a leader that you would like to share with others? What’s the biggest opportunity for your organisation in the near future? What’s the value of IFACCA to you and your organisation? What inspires you to work in the arts? and finally, What is a memorable art work that you have seen recently?

Previously released interviews include Mr Ghonche Materego, Executive Secretary of Basata: National Arts Council of Tanzania, Dr Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Malou Jacob, previously Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture & the Arts in the Philippines, Sonny Williams, Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Development, Cook Islands, Alan Davey, CEO of Arts Council England, Quresh Ahmed, General Manager of Bomas of Kenya, Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council, Venu Vasudevan, Joint Secretary (Department of Culture), Ministry of Culture India, and Luciano Cruz-Coke Carvallo, Ministro Presidente of the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile.  A new video will be released with each edition of ACORNS.

IFACCA's YouTube channel also provides links to videos from IFACCA's World Summits in 2009 and 2011.  We will provide links to other arts policy related material from members later in the year so please let us know if you have any suitable clips.