John Holden


Welcome to my website

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I am John Holden, a freelance writer, speaker, and cultural commentator. This website contains links to some of the things I have published over the last decade, as well as a few clips of speeches and some podcasts. The main topics that are addressed are:

  1.   The value of culture

  2.   The relationships between culture and politics, and culture and society.

  3.   Cultural Diplomacy

  4.   Cultural Leadership

  5.   Culture and the Creative Industries

  6.   Organisational Development

As well as writing and speaking, I also provide advice to, and undertake research for, cultural organisations, Universities, local and central governments, arts agencies, professional associations and commercial companies. Here is a list of some of the organisations I have worked with:

the British Museum, Creative Scotland, the Government of Malta, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow School of Art, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England, Australia Council, the Reading Agency,Canada Council, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Clore Duffield Foundation, Culture and Sport Glasgow, Freeword, Hampshire County Council, Calgary Arts Development, Belfast City Council, the British Council, the University of South Australia, Arts Marketing Association and the Arts Council of Wales.