Carnegie 100: The Philanthropic Act
September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
The centenary of the death of Scottish American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, provides the backdrop for a forum in Sunderland this September asking what role does philanthropy have in the 21st century?
The forum, ‘Carnegie 100: The Philanthropic Act’ is part of a series of exhibitions and events organised by Sunderland’s Assign Art Group, including an exhibition from 22 August, of personal interpretations of Carnegie’s life and times, which is supported by Sunderland City Council.
Carnegie 100: The Philanthropic Act is being organised in partnership with the grassroots arts group, The Other. Both the exhibition and forum are being held at Hendon Library, one of three public libraries in Sunderland, originally built with donations from the Carnegie Foundation. The library is now managed by local charity Back on the Map.
“The reason for organising the forum”, said Assign member Debbie Monks, “is because we use Hendon Library for our meetings and as an exhibition space. We know how valuable public venues like this are. But the past ten years have seen more and more community venues reduce their opening hours or close. Charities and community group may take over running them but that’s a challenge when you have to rely on donations or grants.”
“And as artists we were aware of the protests that exhibitions have attracted because of links between philanthropic donations and the source of those donations to harmful products in drugs or oil industry. Philanthropy is clearly not as straightforward as we might imagine, and we want to begin a conversation about that”
Among the speakers taking part in the forum are Carnegie expert, Sharron McColl, from Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, home of the first Carnegie Library, Professor Mike Collier, University of Sunderland and Chris Mullin, writer and ex-MP for Sunderland South.
Carnegie 100: The Philanthropic Act takes place on 10 September 2019, 1pm to 3.30pm at Hendon Library, Toward Road, Sunderland. Tickets for this free event can be booked HERE
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