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Rising Tide: Navigating the Future of Cultural Learning
Thu 29 June 2017, 09:45 – 16:00 BST
Royal Opera House Bridge Annual Conference 2017
We live in a time of seismic global transformation that will affect the lives of all children and young people. Schools and cultural organizations find themselves buffeted by these rapid economic and political changes. What is the role of cultural learning in these turbulent times?
Schools and cultural organizations from across the South East are standing strong against this rising tide through exploring new approaches and new partnerships to become powerful voices for culture.
Join us at our 5th Annual Conference to probe the current political and social environment. What are the implications for arts and culture for children and young people and how can we chart a course that assures consistent and high quality cultural learning for all.
- How do we take account of how young people see the world and their concerns about the future?
- What is the unique contribution that cultural learning can make?
- How can arts and cultural education ride this rising tide and thrive?
The Conference will be held on Thursday 29 June at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.
The conference will be hosted by Baroness Lola Young
The key note addresses for the Annual Conference will be given by:
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding - and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas. In October 2016 Matthew was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review into modern employment.
Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK’s leading left of centre think tank.
Matthew is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He writes a regular column for the Local Government Chronicle. He has posted over a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.
Jackie Kay, Scots Makar - the National Poet for Scotland
Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the London Book Award. It was shortlisted for the JR Ackerley prize. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here won the Decibel British Book Award.
She also writes for children and her book Red Cherry Red (Bloomsbury) won the Clype award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her most recent plays Manchester Lines (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and The New Maw Broon Monologues (produced by Glasgay) were a great success. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, Reality, Reality. She is currently working on her new novel, Bystander. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.
There will be three morning provocations by:
Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Nicky Cox, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, First News
Julia Farrington, Freelance campaigning, project and resources producer
More speaker information and workshop details to be announced in due course.
The Conference takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, with the main stage in the Georgian-era Royal Dockyard Church and workshops in the Sail and Colour Loft and the Commissioner's House.
The Historic Dockyard is easily accessible by:
Road - A few miles from the M2 junction, easily accessible from the M25
Rail - Very frequent services from London St Pancras, London Victoria and London Charing Cross, including high speed services from St Pancras and Victoria