As part of the public programme for Collecting as Practice, this conversation seeks to explore the public responsibilities of private initiatives in the presence of Lu Xun, founder of Sifang Parkland in Nanjing, China, and Luba Michailova, founder IZOLYATSIA, Ukraine – two private initiatives set within very different geo-political contexts but with overlapping aims of establishing invigorating and supporting cultural scenes for local communities. The event seeks to address the ways in which local cultural histories and social needs can be acknowledged alongside national and international artistic communities and ask how artists, curators and private collectors collaborate in bringing trans-national critical thinking, pedagogy and exchange around visual art into the public domain in meaningful ways.