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Cultural Hubs - Arts In Libraries Conference
Fri 24 March 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
"Next time that devil on your shoulder yells ‘I’m bored’, take it for a walk to the library. Make it sit comfortably and then blow its mind with some crazy stuff. From squid monsters to blubber fish, horse carrying girls to war horses, tarantulas, space walkers, iron men and pig farms. And the best thing of all? It’s free, which makes it one hell of a deal with the devil." Cerys Matthews
Over the last few years there has a been a cultural renaissance in Libraries across England. Plays, gigs, performances, exhibitions and participatory arts activities have taken place in Libraries big and small, new and old, urban, suburban and rural.
At the heart of this movement, has been St.Helens Council, which animates all of its libraries with Cultural activities such as Dance, Drama, Music, Literature, Digital and Heritage initiatives, which have all been part of their Cultural Hubs programme . No age group or socio-economic group has been left out in pursuit if the ultimate ambition of turning libraries into Cultural Hubs for the whole of the community.
This conference in St.Helens will explore the journey that the authority has been on since their arts in libraries work began back in 2011, through to winning the best arts project category in the National Lottery Awards 2016 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtthoQcDwhU and right through to the present day.
The conference will also explore the National context of Arts In Libraries with key-note speakers including Brian Ashley (Director, Libraries, Arts Council England) and Neil Macinnes (President, SCL).
Other Speakers Confirmed Include:
Lynn Gerrard - AKA The Grumbling Gargoyle - www.thegrumblinggargoyle.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan Williamson - Head Of Libraries, St.Helens Council
Cllr Richard McCauley - Cabinet Member - Change and Transition and Public Health and Wellbeing
Breakout Sessions Include:
Arts In Libraries: A Councillor's Perspective - Cllr Jeanie Bell and Cllr Richard McCauley, St.Helens Council.
The Aesthetics Of Programming Performances In Libraries - Owen Hutchings, St.Helens Council and Richard Hall, Oldham Council.
Delivering Arts On Prescription In Libraries - Dr Jessica Bockler and Helen Holden. ITA Professional.
The Arts? What Do I Know About The Arts? The Librarians' Journey - Mandi Brown and Kate Jones. St.Helens Council
Utilising Heritage Collections To Engage With Different Audiences. - Victoria Brokenshire and Cath Shea. St.Helens Council.
*All Topics and Speakers Might Be Subject To Change*