The Origins of the Arts Council Movement

Philanthropy and Policy

  • Anna Rosser Upchurch

Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Anna Rosser Upchurch
    Pages 11-47
  3. Anna Rosser Upchurch
    Pages 103-130
  4. Anna Rosser Upchurch
    Pages 131-170
  5. Anna Rosser Upchurch
    Pages 171-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-214

About this book


‘For anyone interested or involved in the arts – whether as a practitioner, administrator, researcher, or enthusiast – Upchurch's impressively-researched text is essential reading, clarifying the manner in which present-day arts policies and funding patterns are grounded in a problematic history of privilege, power, paternalism, politics, and patriarchy.’ 
– Alan Stanbridge, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada 

This important new book offers an intellectual history of the ‘arts council’ policy model, identifying and exploring the ideas embedded in the model and actions of intellectuals, philanthropists and wealthy aesthetes in its establishment in the mid-twentieth century. The book examines the history of arts advocacy for national arts policies in the UK, Canada and the USA, offering an interdisciplinary approach that combines social and intellectual history, political philosophy and literary analysis. The book has much to offer academics, cultural policy and management students, artists, arts managers, arts advocates, cultural policymakers and anyone interested in the history and current moment of public arts funding in the West. 


cultural policy arts policy Arts council philanthropy John Maynard Keynes Arts Council of Great Britain Vincent Massey Canada Council Dorothy Elmhirst Dartington Hall National Endowment for the Arts

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Rosser Upchurch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

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