RALUCA POP, winner of the GABRIELA TUDOR GRANT 2011, visits London this July

26th June 2011

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RALUCA POP, winner of the GABRIELA TUDOR GRANT 2011 visits London this July

Gabriela Tudor Foundation from Bucharest, in partnership with Ratiu Foundation from the United Kingdom, launched in June 2009 an annual grant in cultural management dedicated to the memory of Gabriela Tudor, one of the few visionary cultural managers in Romania whose projects have contributed significantly to the development of the Romanian cultural scene. The Gabriela Tudor Grant offers opportunities for European-level professional development to emerging Romanian cultural managers. The grant is awarded to a young Romanian cultural manager on the basis of a selection made by an international jury. The first grant was awarded in 2010 to Corina Bucea, manager of Fabrica de Pensule art space (The Paintbrush Factory; www.fabricadepensule.ro). Out of the thirty applications received for the 2011 session, the international jury consisting of Corina Bucea (Gabriela Tudor 2010 winner), Ghislaine Boddington (creative director body>data>space), Irina Cios (cultural manager and Curator of the International Centre for Contemporary Art, Bucharest), Petra Bischof (Advisor, The Swiss Cultural Programme), Ramona Mitrica (Director, the Ratiu Foundation), and Cosmin Manolescu (Executive Director of the Gabriela Tudor Foundation) has selected Raluca Pop as the recipient of the Gabriela Tudor Grant 2011. Raluca Pop developed the banipentruarte (money for the arts) project – http://banipentruarte.wordpress.com – which proposes a participatory approach to the development of cultural policies. She is a member of the Council of the Coalition for the Independent Cultural Sector (Consiliul Coalitiei pentru Sectorul Cultural Independent). Raluca has worked as an advisor for the financing of cultural cooperation programmes, the development of public information campaigns, and advocacy. This year, Raluca obtained a Master of Arts’ degree in cultural policies at the Central-European University in Budapest. On hearing the jury’s decision, Raluca Pop said “This is a great opportunity to establish contacts in the policy research field, but mostly to find our more about the way in which UK artists, cultural NGOs and public cultural institutions have managed to sail through the hardships of the economic crisis. I focus on advocacy initiatives for public culture, but also on innovative strategies of management, and the dynamic relation between artists and the creative industries. Thank you.” The award worth £2,500 will be based in London during July 2011. It will offer Raluca Pop a two-week internship with the Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London, as well as a programme of meetings and talks with various British cultural managers and organisations, with the support of the British mentor of the grantee, Ghislaine Boddington (www.bodydataspace.org). The ‘Gabriela Tudor’ Grant is offered by the Ratiu Foundation and Gabriela Tudor Foundation / United Experts, with the financial assistance of Swiss Cultural Programme in Romania. For further information on the Gabriela Tudor Grant e-mail mail@ratiufamilyfoundation.com