Let's Get Real: Young Audiences Conference 2017 #LGRYA17
Exploring arts, heritage and digital - for and with children and teenagers.
Digital content, channels and tools offer a multitude of experiences and environments that young audiences use and enjoy every day. If arts and heritage organisations are to be relevant to the next generation they need to understand and make the most of this massive opportunity.
How can we make our digital offer relevant to children and teenagers? What do they really need and want from the cultural sector? Why is it so hard for museums, galleries, theatres, archives and the like to reach and engage these young audiences online? How can we weave digital into our offer and our practice in meaningful, useful ways that will increase and deepen engagement with them? What about teachers – how do we best support them too?
Join us to explore these questions and more in an affordable day of inspiration, insights and learning, curated by Culture24's Anra Kennedy. You’ll hear from experts within and beyond the arts and heritage sector; learn about what works and what doesn’t; hear from young audiences and meet lots of colleagues with similar aims and challenges. You’ll leave with practical, actionable advice to help you shape the way you think about digital in your work.
The conference programme will be published very soon.
Who is the conference for?
Culture24's Let’s Get Real conferences are for anyone with an interest in how cultural organisations can make the most of the opportunities digital channels and tools afford. This one, with its focus on young audiences, is particularly designed for:
- Practitioners and managers from museums, galleries, archives, heritage sites, theatres and other visual and performing arts and heritage organisations
- Learning professionals with an interest in digital cultural learning
- Publishers and technologists working in learning/cultural fields
- Professionals providing services/consultancy to cultural organisations
- Decision makers from funding, strategic and policy bodies
Straight after the conference we'll also be running a TeachMeet event, mixing teachers with curators and education officers from museums, galleries and arts organisations from across the UK. The event, #TMCulture24, will bring the worlds of education, culture and arts, and digital media together, with a special focus on using digital collections - objects, artworks and the stories they tell - to support teaching and learning.
The TeachMeet is kindly sponsored by Waterloo200 Legacy's 'The Age of Revolution' project.
Our second conference on this theme - here's what delegates said about the last one, called Connecting Collections, held in 2015 at the National Maritime Museum:
"Thank you for a really interesting day. Excellent speakers covering a range of relevant issues and incorporating both theoretical and practical advice."
"Very interesting discussions about which technologies were successfully used to develop engagement, and which were a 'gimmick' which created an additional barrier. I took away a confidence to be able to experiment with new technologies and approaches, without the pressure to make everything work, every time. Learn by doing!"
"It was really interesting to see how digital is being used in so many different ways. My biggest piece of learning is that it's important to use the appropriate digital strategy for your own audiences, where feedback should shape but not dictate their form."
"Thank you for forcing me to go through my notes and reflect. A huge amount of useful stuff was there but the top take home has been about the lighter touch needed for resources for teachers - not prescriptive, inflexible and lengthy. Start with something they can use in the classroom now and think about the pedagogy of how it is used."
"Thank you - it was a thought provoking day and I feel more confident motivated to pursue digital projects in my own organisation now."
If you're interested in partnering, sponsoring or participating in the conference programme please contact Anra Kennedy - (Anra@culture24.org.uk).
Image credit - © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Culture24 is an independent charity which supports the cultural sector to reach and connect with audiences. We are a small and dynamic team of writers, thinkers, producers and publishers who love arts and culture, understand digital and believe that cultural organisations have a vital place in a better world.
We are best known for publishing great websites about culture; producing the successful Museums at Night festival of after-hours openings, and leading Let’s Get Real, the collaborative action research project involving cultural organisations across the UK and Europe. We also aggregate and share data about thousands of cultural events exhibitions and venues with a range of partners including the BBC.
Culture24 provides platforms, networks and safe, collaborative spaces within which cultural organisations can work together to reach and engage audiences, benchmark, experiment and learn. We broker partnerships and strategic opportunities that it would be near impossible to access as individual organisations.