All entries for October 2004

October 30, 2004

Tate Gallery research

I spent two days this week at the Tate Britain archive researching Vincent Massey, who was Canadian High Commissioner in London from 1935–45. I was tracing his relationship with Sir Kenneth Clark, the English art historian, who left his papers to the state and they're housed in the archive at Tate Britain. I finally got a photocopy of the Massey Report, named for V. Massey because he chaired the committee that examined the relationship between the Tate, the National Gallery, the V&A, and the British Museum. I also read correspondence between Clark and Massey, and what I found agrees with Finlay's assertion in "The Force of Culture" that Massey and Clark were friends. Their correspondence was infrequent after Massey left London, but continued until his death in 1967. In fact, he sent Clark a note late in 1967 stating that he would be in London for Cmas and hoped to see Clark. The sad fact was that Massey died in London only a few weeks later on that trip.

Food in UK: Potato chips

Food in the UK is more interesting than you probably think. The different flavors in potato chips, or "crisps" as they're called here, are seemingly endless and not remotely like anything we have in the US. In addition to the typical varieties like sour cream and chive or cheese and onion (like we have), there are exotic flavors like chicken-flavored, beef-flavored, even lamb and mint-flavored. Thai sweet chili-flavored was really popular in the dorm. Today I bought goat's cheese and olive-flavored (made with olive oil, so they're healthy), and they're pretty good. A "seasonal" item now in the market is cranberry, thyme and sage-flavored potato chips (all three in one chip), and I HAD to try those. Very sagey. Easy to resist at home, I find these exotic varieties hard to resist, only because I'm so curious about them.

Film review: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is the story of J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote "Peter Pan." Who knew that Peter Pan came from the Brits, too???? An article by A.S. Byatt in the Guardian attracted me to this movie, which is the story of Barrie and the family who inspired him to write "Peter Pan." Set in 1903 in London, this film hit all my hot buttons, ie, Johnny Depp, the clash of Victorian morality and Edwardian opulence and informality, the misunderstood artist, and the tragedies of life. Only "inspired by true events," reviewers have pointed out that it's not entirely accurate, but it's not documentary, right? Johnny Depp manages a pretty good Scottish accent. Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman fill out the adult leads. Even the children are pretty good. It appears to be really shot in London and England, so there is period architecture and furnishings, etc. Images from Barrie's fantasy life are cut through the scenes, a technique that I really liked. This is one you can take your mother to see-no sex, violence, or bad words-but make sure that you're both well-equipped with tissues before you enter the cinema.

October 23, 2004

Looking for a British perspective on world events?

The Guardian, a daily newspaper

The BBC Homepage will take you to any number of BBC outlets, including Radio 4

Channel 4 is a commercial network here that has interesting news coverage, I think.


July 2004 article in International Journal of Cultural Policy

Upchurch, A. (2004) "John Maynard Keynes, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Arts Council Movement." International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 10, number 2, pp. 203–217.

Write to me at A.R.Upchurch@warwick.ac.uk for more information about this article.

Learn more about the International Journal of Cultural Policy.


My contact information

As of April 2005

Email: A.R.Upchurch@warwick.ac.uk

United States phone: 919–810-5492

Current mailing address:
713 Anderson Street
Durham, North Carolina 27705


My CV

Anna Rosser Upchurch

Education
Candidate, Ph.D., Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. Research interest: arts council model.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Duke University. September 2003.
Certificate in Non-profit Management, Duke University Continuing Education, 1998.
B.A. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980.

Professional Employment History
Communications Manager, Department of Theater Studies, Duke University, Box 90680, Durham, North Carolina, 27708. January 1999 to September 2003. Current status: Educational leave.
Plan and implement communications, both on-campus and off-campus, for the Department of Theater Studies; plan and implement marketing for student and professional productions under the direction of the Director of Theater.

Self-employed public relations consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina. January 1994–1999.
Provided planning and implementation of public relations activities including media relations, publication development, and special event management for nonprofit organizations, including the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Duke University Dept. of Theater Studies, and the North Carolina Museum of History.

Communications Officer, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, N.C. December 1987-August 1993.
Supervised media relations, publications management, and special event planning for this
state-owned and state-operated art museum.

Self-employed free-lance writer and public relations consultant, Raleigh, N.C. July 1985-December 1987.
Upon relocating from Charlotte to Raleigh, I provided free-lance writing and public relations assistance to a variety of clients and public relations agencies.

Public Relations Director, Spirit Square Arts Center, Charlotte, N.C. June 1983-June 1985.
Planned and implemented public relations and marketing campaigns for this multi-disciplinary arts center that was owned and operated by the county government and located in a renovated, historic, Byzantine-style church.

Writer/Counselor, Lawrimore Communications, Charlotte, N.C. June 1981-May 1983.
Copyeditor, The Durham Sun newspaper, Durham, N.C. August 1980-May 1981.
The Chapel Hill Newspaper, Chapel Hill, N.C. September 1978-May 1980.

Research Activity

Member, Art and Economics working group, Duke University. Organized by the Economics Department at Duke in 2000, our group examined historical arguments for government support of the arts in Western Europe and the United States. My essay about William Morris will be included in a collection we have prepared for publication in 2005 by the History of Political Economy, a journal published by Duke Press.

Consultant, “Building on Success: An Analysis of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Annual Contributed Income Potential.” Report prepared with Zannie Giraud Voss, November 1999.

Refereed Publications

Upchurch, Anna (2004) “John Maynard Keynes, the Bloomsbury Group, and Origins of the Arts Council Movement,”_ International Journal of Cultural Policy,_ 10: 2, July, 203–218.

Presentations

Panelist, “Transformations: What Did/Does Liberal Studies Do for You?” National conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, October 2001, Dartmouth College.

Panelist, “Using Resources,” North Carolina Theater Conference gathering for professional theaters, March 2000, Durham, N.C.

“Plan It, and They Will Come,” planning successful events for the news media to ensure attendance and news coverage. North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers, September 9, 1999, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Guest lecturer, arts and nonprofit management courses at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina State University, 1999–2002.

Recent Community Service

Board of Directors, Artsplosure, 1998–2000. Community group organizes outdoor arts festivals in spring and on New Year’s Eve.

Millennium Celebration Public Relations Steering Committee, Artsplosure, 1999.


Who is Anna Upchurch?

Anna Upchurch is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. Her research interest is the arts council model of funding, its intellectual and historical origins in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

She has been an arts administrator and consultant in North Carolina, USA, since 1983, working for a locally-funded arts center; for state-funded museums of art, history, and natural science; for a state arts council; and for a university-based theatrical producer. She earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies at Duke University in 2003.


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