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What Next? A national conversation on new ways to champion the arts and culture

What Next?

Monday, 29 April 2013 from 11:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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What Next?
A national conversation on new ways to champion the arts and culture

The What Next? Conference
Monday 29th April 2013
11:00 - 16.00

What Next? is a fast growing alliance of arts and cultural organisations.

Its purpose is to find new ways of engaging with 'the public' - our audiences, visitors and participants, as well as our potential audiences, visitors and participants: the ever-increasing millions who value and take part in the arts that are made with, for and by them.

We first planned a national conference for early February.  The response was so immediate and so large that we decided to delay until What Next? conversations had begun in other centres across the country.

Now, on behalf of all What Next? members, we are delighted to invite you to a national conference in London on Monday 29th April 2013.

The purpose of the day is to explore and share new ways to promote engagement with and support for the cultural work that takes place day-in, day-out, up and down the country. 

We want to suggest connections between all aspects of publicly and privately funded art and culture at every level, as well as all branches of education. 

We want to encourage an engaged, positive, informed, inclusive national conversation. We want to come up with and to begin to implement innovative, effective campaigns.

The day will be designed so that the maximum number of voices can be heard.  Its purpose is to inspire action.

As we've changed the venue to accommodate more people, we would ask you to please re-register. We encourage you to bring chairs and board members of your organisations (please note there is a limit of three people per organisation). There will be a charge to cover costs, if it is beyond your reach we have a small number of bursary places available. Please contact to apply for one (all applications for bursaries must be received by Friday 29th March).

Please send this invitation out to other organisations and colleagues.

We will send out information packs before the event and we very much look forward to seeing you in London.

Hannah Bird and Lizzie Crump on behalf of What Next?

What Next? is constantly growing - and we would love you to be part of it. Meetings have taken place in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Cardiff and Coventry

Current supporters and contributors include:
Alistair Spalding, Sadler's Wells
Andrea Stark, High House Production Park
Andrew Nairne, Kettle's Yard
Anneliese Davidsen and Purni Morell, Unicorn Theatre
Anthony Sargent, The Sage Gateshead
Antony Gormley, Artist
Betsy Gregory, Dance Umbrella
Bryan Savery and Topher Campbell, The Red Room
Erica Whyman, Catherine Mallyon and Liz Thompson, Royal Shakespeare Company
Catherine Thornborrow, Royal Court Theatre
Charlotte Jones, Independent Theatre Council
Daniel Brine, Cambridge Junction
Dave Moutrey, Cornerhouse
David Brownlee, Theatrical Management Association/Society of London Theatre
David Jubb, Battersea Arts Centre
David Lan, Young Vic and World Stages London (Chair)
David Martin, Oldham Coliseum Theatre
David Pountney and Geraint Talfan Davies, Welsh National Opera
David Whelton, Philharmonia
Deborah Annetts, Incorporated Society of Musicians
Deborah Aydon, Everyman and Playhouse Theatre
Deborah Bull, King's Cultural Institute
Erica Bolton, Bolton&Quinn
Fiona Gasper, The Royal Exchange Theatre
Gavin Stride, Farnham Maltings
Graham Devlin, Independent
Graham Sheffield and Cathy Graham, British Council
Jim Beirne, Live Theatre
Jim Forrester, Manchester International Festival
Jo Glanville, English PEN
Joanna Reid, The Belgrade
John McGrath, National Theatre Wales
Jude Kelly and Alan Bishop, Southbank Centre
Judith Knight, Artsadmin
Julia Farrington, Index on Censorship
Kasper Holten and John Fulljames, Royal Opera House
Kate Horton, National Theatre
Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, The Place
Lizzie Crump, Cultural Learning Alliance
Louise Jeffreys, The Barbican Centre
Lucy Woollatt, Young Vic
Marcus Davey, Roundhouse
Marcus Romer, Pilot Theatre
Maria Balshaw, Manchester City Galleries
Marie Nixon, University of Sunderland Student's Union
Mark Ball and Beki Bateson, LIFT Festival
Mark Borkowski and Amber Massie-Blomfield, Mark Borkowski PR
Mark Godfrey, Soho Theatre
Martin Brown, Equity
Martin Smith, Ingenious
Mhora Samuel, The Theatres Trust
Michael Trainor, Artist
Nicholas Allott, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.
Nicky Chambers, The Dye House
Nicola Thorold, Roundhouse and World Stages London
Rebecca Ball, Zendeh
Richard Mantle, Opera North
Rose Fenton and Eleanor Lang, Free Word
Rosy Greenlees, Crafts Council
Ruth MacKenzie, Cultural Olympiad
Sally Bacon, Clore Duffield Foundation
Sam Jones, Tate
Sandy Nairne, National Portrait Gallery
Stephen Daldry, Artist
Steve Ball, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Sue Hoyle, Clore Leadership Programme
Suzie Tucker, National Museums Association
Tom Morris and Emma Stenning, Bristol Old Vic
Vikki Heywood, RSA Chair
Viv Bird, Book Trust

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