Victoria D. Alexander,
Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Victoria D. Alexander (AB, Princeton; AM, PhD, Stanford) is Professor of Sociology and Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has studied art museums, arts policy, arts management, sociology of the arts, neighbourhoods, and user-generated reviews of cultural attractions. She is author of Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms (2003; 2020) and Museums and Money: The Impact of Funding on Exhibitions, Scholarship, and Management (1996), co-author of Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective (2005), and co-editor of the multi-volume Art and the Challenge of Markets (2018) and numerous articles.
Artistic Director, Victoria Deluxe, Ghent, Belgium
Dominique Willaert is the artistic director of Victoria Deluxe, a community arts-based organisation in the city of Ghent. Together with his colleagues, he is an active member of the State of the Arts (SOTA) - an open platform to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today. He is delegated as an independent expert in the board of 3 important museums in the city of Gent. He was trained as a psychotherapist and theatre and filmmaker. In 2018, he was one of the initiators of four-day alternative summit The Art of Organising Hope: New Narratives for Europe, which aimed to find and discover ideas, collaborations, practices and structures that foster a different societal order.