The Ethics of Arts Funding

Monday, 30 October 2023, 10:00-17:00

Senate House, The Bedford Room G37 (Click to register)


Many countries support arts and culture through grants to artists, protections for cultural heritage, and funding for galleries, theatres, and museums. Although these things are commonplace, they raise ethical questions that scratch at foundational issues in liberal political thought. What should get funded and why? How should concerns for fairness and favouritism constrain such decisions? And is it possible (or desirable) to democratise funding decisions? This workshop brings together experts in ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and archaeology to tackle these questions.


10:00-11:25   James Wilson (UCL): “Public Rituals, Public Reason and Liberalism”

11:35-13:00   Daisy Dixon (Cardiff): “What is Aesthetic Injustice?”

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-15:25   Marilena Alivizatou (UCL): “Intangible Heritage, between Cosmopolitan Ethics and Metaculture”

15:35-17:00   Collis Tahzib (USC): “Artistic Excellence as a Public Reason”


Each talk will run about 45 mins, followed by 40 mins of discussion. Please refer to our guidelines for Q&A.


Following NHS guidance, all attendees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated (including boosters) against Covid-19, unless medically exempt. Our group is diverse; please continue to be considerate of those who wear face coverings and those who don’t. Thank you.