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The Arts sector continues to face big challenges in a difficult economic climate. It's more important than ever to show how we can support and further develop services for our local communities and demonstrate the continued benefit of arts development. This national seminar will focus on resilience, using best practice case study presentations to reflect how arts can support and help develop:
- Social change
- Cultural Leadership
It will also demonstrate how arts development in local authorities and organisations in the cultural sector can survive, thrive and adapt to performing with reduced budgets, demonstrating an ability to adapt to the external environment.
09:30 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Seminar Introduction: Diana Pasek-Atkinson (Hive Business Advisor at Nottingham Trent University), Trustee & Chair of the ADUK Professional Development Working Party
10:10 Welcome from The Phoenix: John Rance: CEO
10:25 Keynote Speaker: Arts and Resilience: Peter Latchford, Chief Executive of Black Radley
10:45 Questions from the Floor
10:55 Refreshment Break
11:25 Breakout Sessions on survive and thrive: Your opportunity to participate in two out of four case studies in the following areas:
- Breakout 1: The Arts Development Company Dorset. A presentation from Mike Hoskin. The Arts Development Company is now over one year old having changed from a directly managed arts and cultural service to an independent Community Interest Company (CIC). Mike will share the experience of managing the trust over the first year of operation. Now fully operational, this presentation would offer a “warts and all” review of the development to date, considering how the new organisation is bedding down, and considering learning practice that can then be applied in other areas.
- Breakout 2: Creative Leicestershire and Generator. A presentation from Catherine Rogers, Manager of Creative Leicestershire, discussing how a number of local authorities in Leicestershire have come together to support arts and culture. The presentation will include discussion on the development of The Generator Loughborough CIC, a 4 storey former art college building in Loughborough town centre, owned by Loughborough University and the development of a collaborative enterprise hub and incubator centre.
- Breakout 3: Enable (LB Wandsworth) Presentation by Helen Renwick, Consultant, Enable Leisure and Culture. Enable Leisure & Culture ‘spun out’ from Wandsworth Borough Council (London) on 1 October 2015 becoming an independent trust with applied for charitable status. Enable comprises leisure and culture services (parks, leisure, arts, events, filming, play and bereavement) and holds a four year uncompeted contract with Wandsworth Council. Spinning out has afforded savings in the region of £1 million and secured the future of a vibrant cultural service for Wandsworth.
- Breakout 4: A Resilience workshop led by Sue Isherwood and Steve Wood. An opportunity to participate in a resilience workshop focusing on the individual and exploring personal development and leadership
12:20 Breakout sessions repeated (choose your second choice from the above breakouts sessions)
14:00 Keynote Presentation: The Culture of Change. Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager at Cambridge City Council will discuss the culture of change and how arts development services can be more resilient in developing services for local communities. (TBC)
14:20 Breakout Sessions on the culture of change. A range of four case studies and workshops
- Breakout 1: Catalyst Milton Keynes. A presentation from Lucy Bedford: Arts Officer & Lallie Davis: Programme Manager for the Arts & Heritage Alliance. Catalyst was an Arts Council England funded programme supporting 7 mid-scale arts organisations to undertake a full audit of their organisations, their set-up, funding models and future plans. Lucy as project manager and Lallie as participant will be co-presenting, sharing the process and the real outcomes which included CIC’s implementing boards, one organisation shutting its building, a proposal of a merger and a full rebrand including rename.
- Breakout 2: ArtsConnect: a presentation from Anne Hayes, Arts Development Officer (Regeneration) with Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC and David Chamberlain, Arts Development Manager with Caerphilly CBC. ArtsConnect is a partnership between local authorities and outsourced organisations including Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Leisure Trust), Bridgend (Awen Trust), Caerphilly CBC and Vale of Glamorgan CBC in South Wales. The cultural partnership has been in effect since 2012 to develop services in the Valleys of South Wales.
- Breakout 3: Creative Minds: Gus Garside is the national coordinator for Creative Minds, a learning disability led project that explores the relationship between the learning disability arts sector and the wider arts world looking at quality, leadership, inclusion and collaboration. We are about bringing together learning disabled artists and performers into an honest and accessible discussion with people from the wider arts world, about the challenges and opportunities they face in today’s economic climate. Gus will be co-presenting with Sarah Watson, a visual artist with Carousel and chair of Carousel's trustees. She was also one of the originators of the Creative Minds project.
- Breakout 4: The Stove Network with Creative Practitioner Katharine Wheeler. Based in Dumfries, Scotland, The Stove is a network of artists and creative industries practitioners (including the architect who designed their arts centre). The Stove Network is about people coming together because they believe in the value of arts and culture and want to take part (and/or support) in making creativity part of the place they live. The Stove Network membership consists of a diverse group of artists and other active citizens, ranging from café-owners to wild food chefs, from video artists to DJs, from local businesses to retirees.
15:10 Refreshment Break
15:30 Breakout sessions repeated (choose your second choice from the above breakouts sessions)
16:30 Conference Summary: Conference Chair Diana Pasek-Atkinson
As an alternative for the formal programme above, this national seminar will also provide informal opportunities for one-to-one consultation sessions for delegates to pre-book 20 minute sessions during the day with the following consultants:
- Marion Catlin: Director of The Shift, Norwich
- Bev Bishop: Consultant
At the time of publishing this event, the programme was confirmed but ADUK reserves the right to change or amend speakers subject to speaker availability.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Pete Bryan, Conference Manager & National Administrator
01269 824728 | firstname.lastname@example.org