‘Cultural exchange’ is much touted yet often rarely examined. In the context of the exhibition, Points of Departure, this panel discussion explored the concept’s complex implications, and centring on several key questions: How do artists work within culturally different and predetermined contexts? What is the role and impact of cultural marketing? Are artists and organisations simply fighting for position in an increasingly globalised world? Do nationalist distinctions perpetuate stereotype definitions and perceptions of other cultures?


Mark Rappolt, writer and editor of Art Review; Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council; JJ Charlesworth, critic and writer; Omar al Qattan, filmmaker and Chair of Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture; and Rosalind Nashashibi.