Alan Davey – New Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

Alan Davey has been appointed Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

He was elected to the role by members of the IFACCA Board following the organisation’s World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg last week.

Reacting to his appointment, Alan Davey said:

“It is a real honour to be asked to chair IFACCA.  The work that the organisation does enables arts councils and ministries of culture around the world to operate more effectively.  It is vital in making sure that arts and culture are taken seriously, something I believe is important for citizens and nations the world over.

“As was shown in the summit last week, the arts can be a powerful force for good in the world – IFACCA can help ensure they really are.”

IFACCA is the international network of national arts funding agencies and currently includes 70 member countries. The federation aims to share knowledge, create understanding and strengthen the capacity of arts councils and culture agencies for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and communities worldwide.

Alan Davey will serve in the role for the next two years and succeeds outgoing chair Risto Ruohonen, formerly Executive Chair of the Arts Council of Finland and now Director General of the Finnish National Gallery.

Arts Council England works to get great art to more people. They develop and promote the arts across England, acting as an independent body at arm’s length from government.

Between 2008 and 2011, They will invest £1.6 billion of public money from government and the National Lottery in supporting the arts.

This is the bedrock of support for the arts in England. They believe that the arts have the power to change lives and communities, and to create opportunities for people throughout the country.

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