Ein Gespräch stiften | Starting a Conversation 2013/2014

The events series "Ein Gespräch stiften" (“Starting a Conversation”) forms the basis for an evolving communicative process between key players in culture and the arts who can exchange views and challenge opinions on many aspects of cultural life in the form of personal dialogues, sharing and extending a fruitful process. In its anniversary year Kunststiftung NRW initiated this conversation throughout the entire state.

Art is the motor of social change: it broadens experiences and opinions, scrutinizes attitudes and offers daring theories. Kunststiftung NRW has spent 25 years fuelling this artistic motor with financial support, advice and an enduring commitment to the new and the different.

Over this time, the role of art and culture has changed. With the concepts of cultural education and interculture new social objectives have arisen. With the crisis in public finances and demographic developments, discussions have begun about the function, importance and safeguarding of cultural life as a whole and also with regard to individual artists.

Kunststiftung NRW wishes to support this debate in the same way in which it supports art itself: looking to the future, with the courage to change and where taboos are taboo.

Kunststiftung NRW wishes to “start a conversation”. Politicians, cultural institutions and not least the media should talk with each other – and of course with the artists – about the things which matter:

What should art and culture be for and in our society?

What is the role of funding and funding bodies?

What responsibilities and boundaries do politicians have?

What does "the future of culture" actually mean?

In its anniversary year Kunststiftung NRW initiated this conversation throughout the entire state. The series will continue in 2015 and 2016.

Chaired by: Peter Grabowski, “der kulturpolitische Reporter” 

Cultural politics in the media

Friday, 8th November 2013, 6pm

Kunststiftung NRW, Haus der Stiftungen, Düsseldorf


Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, cultural manager, member of Peer Steinbrück’s competence team

Wolfgang Schmitz, Director, WDR radio

Dr. Lothar Schröder, Culture Editor, Rheinische Post

Dr. Fritz Behrens, President, Kunststiftung NRW

How art and culture appear in the media

Tuesday, 29th April 2014

Kulturzentrum Fabrik Heeder, Krefeld


Petra Diederichs, arts journalist, Rheinische Post, Krefeld

Volker Schaeffer, Director of Programming "culture and contemporary music" WDR radio

Ursula Theissen, Managing Director, NRW Women’s Cultural Bureau

Hella Sinnhuber, freelance specialist in cultural public relations

About what’s beautiful, good and true in between precarious existences and digital silver linings

Tuesday, 17th June 2014

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen


Esther Slevogt, theatre critic, Managing Editor, nachtkritik.de

Beate Schmies, Director, WDR Studios, Siegen

Dr. Stefan Lüddemann, Cultural Editor, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

Which arts get media coverage – and which don’t

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Theaterlabor, Bielefeld


Prof. Holger Noltze, WDR westArt and Dortmund University

Elke Buhr, Monopol magazine

Christian Esch, NRW Kultursekreteriat, Wuppertal

Dr. Ursula Sinnreich, General Secretary, Kunststiftung NRW

The limits of poverty and room for ideas

Tuesday, 25th November 2014

Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren


Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs, Director of Favoriten Festival, Dortmund

Christiane Hoffmans, arts journalist, "Welt am Sonntag", Düsseldorf

Winrich Hopp, Director, Musica Viva for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich