Many creative, cultural, and community organizations are talking about restructuring their approaches so as to ensure continuing relevance and commercial sustainability.
More than three decades of working with businesses to deliver results in situations when it really matters puts AlixPartners in a unique position to collaborate with those organizations—and the individuals running them—to meet that restructuring challenge.
NYC Makers: the MAD Biennial
AlixPartners is proud of its sponsorship of a special exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.
The exhibit, entitled NYC Makers: the MAD Biennial, celebrates a sweeping cross-section of individuals in the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs of New York City today. Those chosen to exhibit were nominated by a pool of more than 300 New York City-based cultural leaders and civic figures from a range of trades and disciplines, including museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians and journalists. And, from world-renowned cultural leaders to emergent enfants terribles, each of the 100 artisans, or “makers,” selected to display their work demonstrates a high level of both inventiveness and skill in his or her respective field, whether fabricating furniture or fashion; creating artworks, films or architecture; inventing new possibilities for food; or reshaping educational and social gatherings.
The exhibition is structured as a series of immersive tableaus that present the diverse creative output of makers alongside one another. These environments house live programs throughout the exhibition’s run, including fashion shows, performances, social practice projects and culinary explorations, which will underline the relationship between “material and immaterial making” found in New York today. Through this approach, NYC Makers seeks to transform MAD into a production studio that links creative, innovative and skillful artisans into one immense, collaborative undertaking.
The artists and designers featured have, in some cases, virtually created something out of nothing – one of the key things AlixPartners is helping clients to do in today’s low-growth world: create value.
The Big Idea: Royal Court Theatre
AlixPartners is supporting the Royal Court Theatre’s Big Idea series—a new strand of work initiated during last year’s Open Court festival to engage the public in debate and discussion around the questions and ideas of our times and to explore different burning issues.
The Big Idea is inspired and informed by onstage work at the Royal Court.
Read more about it at www.royalcourttheatre.com/season/the-big-idea
National Youth Squad: Grace Bradley-Shankar
We are delighted to support 16-year-old Grace Bradley-Shankar in her goal of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Grace started sailing when she was 8 years old and has now progressed to the ITCA UK National Youth Squad. Grace has competed at Nationals and the World Championships for the past two years.
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Elmgreen & Dragset
We have supported artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset since 2012 in two of their London-based projects.
Tomorrow: Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A
This is a major site-specific installation at the former textile galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum, which invoked questions and conversations across generations, communities, and cultures. This ambitious installation consists of a stage set for an unrealized drama to create an unexpected encounter for museum visitors.
Elmgreen & Dragset: Fourth Plinth
Tomorrow invokes questions and conversations across generations, communities, and cultures. AlixPartners believes in the importance of thinking about things differently, and we are proud to lend our support to this inspiring project.
Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
We supported the artist and the British Museum in the highly innovative exhibition Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman.
Turner Prize–winning artist and Royal Academician Grayson Perry envisioned a project that would celebrate a journey of imagination and craftsmanship—from the first tool, created 250 million years ago, to the present day. Grayson worked together with more than 40 curators from the British Museum to select a unique mix of items from the museum’s collections and archives. He introduced objects he had made especially for the exhibition and presented relevant pieces he had created during more than 30 years.
The exhibition truly grabbed the hearts and minds of the public. Multiple community events were held, gift shop items and tickets sold out, and the British Museum extended the exhibition in order to accommodate public demand. The project therefore is a perfect example of how a mature and successful organization (the most popular cultural attraction in the United Kingdom since 2007) and a thriving artist thought deeply about changing times and found an imaginative way to together make more out of what they could offer individually.
Three items Grayson created for the exhibition were subsequently given to the museum through various bequests, and Grayson won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Visual Arts in 2012.