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Arts Development UK Conference Dates Announced

Winter Gardens

The first Arts Development UK conference will be taking place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on the 13th to 14th October 2011.  We are intending that the programme will be finalised by mid week and that the programme and booking form will be available by the end of next week. We already have a great range of speakers lined up, including Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media & Sport.

 In keeping with our aim to work nationally and deliver locally, the two day event will explore key issues and challenges for the arts and cultural sector including: 

  • Successfully navigating the political and economic landscape
  • Fighting for your corner
  • Going it alone

 As part of one of the UK’s largest and most flourishing economic areas, arts development is a cornerstone of the nation’s creative life.  As the political and economic picture continues to change and develop, this creative and dynamic sector faces many challenges and opportunities.

 If you:

  • Want to discuss and shape the future of arts development
  • Are still grappling with the realities of Big Society
  • Considering how new commissioning and delivery opportunities can help you
  • Keen to hear the latest on national developments affecting the sector
  • In need of a boost to your professional development
  • Enjoy taking stock with colleagues from across the arts

 then this conference is for you.

 The two days will offer a mix of keynote presentations, breakouts and open forum discussion groups and is aimed at everyone involved in local arts delivery including:

  •  arts officers
  • arts organisations
  • artists
  • festival organisers
  • youth and music services
  • colleagues from museums, archives and libraries
  • community and health development
  • economic development and tourism
  • independent consultants

 Conference Partner, Blackpool Borough Council will host Arts Development UK following  their successful partnership in 2008 with nalgao (Art Development UK’s predecessor). The conference is sponsored by Festivals and Events International and Arts Professional.

Please reserve the dates in your diary!