Critical Friends

With the Critical Friends initiative, Art Futures would like to:
• organise an annual gathering of kindred minds sharing knowledge and meeting with each other;
• develop a pool of experts and expertise;
• develop projects to support artists/researchers;

Critical Friends is an international platform intending to make a sustainable contribution to society and the cultural/educational sector utilising its expertise and experience. The overall theme of the Art Futures Critical Friends is ‘the role of art and art education in future societies in an international arena’. The profile of Critical Friends is made up of colleagues with a proven contribution to, successful position and seniority in, the cultural and/or higher arts education sector. Participation is by invitation only.

The Critical Friends had their first encounter online in 2021 and in May 2022 they met in Brussels, you find the 2021 report here and the 2022 report here.

The Critical Friends are actively involved in the development of the Art Futures Fellowship in Athens and act as mentors for the selected Fellows.

In 2023 the Critical Friends met 6 and 7 October in Athens, please find the report here.