Interview: Tom Watson, president Counterculture and former UK Labour Deputy Leader

SourceGulf Business
CountryMiddle east

What is the Counterculture’s scope of work? Counterculture helps cultural, educational and creative organisations to plan, manage and thrive. We work for governments, public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits and individuals – across the UK and internationally. Our partners and staff provide clients with specialist professional services across capital projects, strategy, finance, law, management and governance. We are management consultants, governance professionals, accountants, lawyers, project managers, curators, arts managers, fundraisers and events organisers. Our capital project and exhibition services are particularly transferrable to the international arena. For example, we are working to help open the new National Museum Oslo.

Specialist curatorial and conservation areas, as well as the standards for display, storage and environments have been increasingly globalised over the last decade, and the UK has been at the forefront of these developments. We regularly work with internationally renowned organisations like Tate, who spearhead this drive to new standards of excellence, and the UK curatorial and conservation traditions are ones we are proud to represent in international markets. What are your thoughts on the arts and culture scene within the UAE and how does it compare to the UK? Both the UK and UAE have an outward looking vision for the future based on tolerance and more...