Robert is an expert on the work of John Ruskin, having published half a dozen titles on aspects of his work and ideas, and co-curated the Ruskin centenary exhibition at Tate Britain in 2000. In the field of contemporary culture, among other works he is the author of The Heritage Industry and Culture and Consensus: England, Art and Politics since 1940. A former Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, he is an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University and a Visiting Professor at City University, where he works in the field of cultural policy and leadership development. With John Holden he helped to devise the Clore Leadership Programme, and has contributed to several Demos reports in the field of cultural policy. He has written on theatre and the arts for the Sunday Times since 1981.
Valuing Culture was an event held at the National Theatre Studio on 17th June 2003. Looking at arts and culture in the UK, speeches explored the balance between meeting social policy targets on the one hand, and recognition of the intrinsic value of cultural activity on the other.
Transforming the 'Right to Art' enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights from an aspiration to a reality will have many benefits, both tangible and intangible, for the UK.
The work of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has broadened the social base for the enjoyment of heritage, according to a report by John Holden, Head of Culture at Demos. The report celebrates the diversity of contributions by the HLF to the UK's national story.
In response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s launch of a £12 million programme to improve Leadership in the cultural sector, this latest contribution to the debate about Cultural Value argues that there is little point in improving the skills of individual leaders, if the organisations they lead remain unchanged.
This report looks at deep-rooted organisational change in the creative industries, following the Royal Shakespeare Company's story of organisational turn-around.