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Businesses should take a more active role in partnering with the arts, says art consultant Annika Levin

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What are you most looking forward to during Stockholm Art Week?
That Stockholm now has one major co-ordinated art event is definitely something to be happy about. I’m curious to see how MARKET develops at Liljevalchs. I would love to be surprised by more ’Banksy-like’ events in the Stockholm, and see more art events in public spaces.
Have you spotted any inspiring arts and business collaborations recently?
There are an increasing number of private art initiatives of high quality like e.g. Magasin 3, Bonnier Konsthall, Artipelag, Sven-Harrys, Fotografiska etc. I’m also curious to follow the ABC-Centre for Arts Business and Culture, the research centre at Stockholm School of Economics focusing on the cultural industries and the interplay between culture and business. And I’m happy to have discovered ARTWORKS, the arts and business journal.
How can artists work more successfully with businesses without sacrificing their artistic integrity?
Artists with integrity don’t sacrifice it. It’s in nobody’s interest to try to adapt artists to sacrifice their integrity. 
Do you get much exposure to the arts at work?

I am privileged to work with projects where I often do, and otherwise I make sure to get exposure.
Apart from financial support, how can businesses help the arts?
I wouldn’t call it help, it’s a question of partnership. The networking and meeting platforms between the different sectors in our society can definitely increase. Businesses could be more engaged in communicating with artists and take an active role in presenting the good examples and best practices.

I’m active on the board of Kulturbryggan where one of our missions is to try to find feasible ways to connect  the culture sector with the private sector.
What are you favourite arts organisations in the Nordic Region?
Except from the wide and varying range of art that Stockholm offers, I strongly recommend a visit to Umeå and among others Bildmuseet, Umedalens Sculpture Park and Gallery Andersson-Sandström. Other magic venues: Wanås, Louisiana.