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Creative Economies

A national seminar on the creative economy exploring the role of arts in economic development

An Arts Council England & Arts Development UK Partnership

 Date:  Wednesday 20th June 2012, from 9.00 – 17.00
Venue:  The Camden Centre, the Camden Centre, Euston Road, London WC1H 9AU

Arts DevelopmentUKMembers: £95
Students & unemployed people: £50
Combined Officer and elected member/senior manager joint place: £140
Non-members: £135

Display area (including one delegate place): £150

This timely national seminar investigates the role that arts can play in economic development and the regeneration of communities in the current challenging economic climate.

Creative Economies will explore:

  • the role of arts and culture as economic anchors and drivers in cultural regeneration
  • how the wider business sector values and uses the role of arts and culture
  • practical ways of measuring and capturing the economic value of the arts and culture

Seminar brochureThese three integrated themes are designed to provide topical examples and case studies, suggest ways of understanding and communicatingdirectly with the business sector about the economic importance of arts and culture, suggest tools to provide evidence of impact and value.

The seminar is a partnership event between Arts Council England and Arts Development UK and is hosted by the London Borough of Camden.

Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine’s paper for Arts Council England on ‘Supporting growth in the arts economy’ says “It is commonly acknowledged that the arts are the bedrock of the creative economy, making a considerable contribution to the nation’s prosperity and its international reputation.”  The major shift to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as the key vehicle for economic development offers the arts sector new opportunities; here we can share existing best practice in this field, in order to develop confidence and clarity in the language and mechanisms necessary to demonstrate the importance of arts and culture to the creative economy, and their value to the wider aims of economic development.

Speakers taking part include:

  • Tom Fleming: Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy
  • Andrea Stark: Arts Council England’s Area Executive Director East & South East
  • Chris Gibbon: Senior Consultant at BOP Consulting
  • Paul Bristow: Acting Director, Strategic Partnerships (ACE)
  • Lyndsey Swift: Head of Partnerships at Visit England
  • Mary-Alice Stack: Director of ArtCo Projects at ACE
  • Tim Joss: Director of The Rayne Foundation
  • Ruth Jarratt: Trustee of MeWe360
  • Geoff Rowe: Director of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Christopher Maughan: Principal Lecturer Arts & Festivals Management at De Montfort University
  • Jayne Knight: Arts Development Manager at Suffolk CC
  • Mari Martin: County Arts Officer at Norfolk CC
  • Patrick Hussey: Marketing & Digital Manager at Arts & Business
  • Laura Sillars: Artistic Director of The Site Gallery
  • Symon Easton: Deputy Director of Cultural Commissioning at Birmingham City Council
  • Debbie Kermode: Deputy Director of The Ikon Gallery
  • Roxie Curry: Arts Development Officer at Rochford District Council
  • Lucia Masundire: Creative IndustriesAssistant at Leics CC
  • Catherine Herbert: Arts & Regeneration Officer (N Kent) of Kent CC

A range of high profile national speakers will discuss current themes, including strategic commissioning and tailored cultural services for local communities. The seminar will also offer different models of best practice delivery through case studies, keynote presentations, breakout sessions anddiscussion forums. In this way it will scope the future landscape in which we will all operate. This programme is will be useful to officers and elected members involved in cultural service policy and practice and will offer a valuable opportunity to explore the wider cultural infrastructure and cross-cutting agendas.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for an active and informative day spotlighting new and proven ways of supporting better cultural practice and delivery with communities in your own areas.

For a complete programme and a booking form for the event, click: Seminar Programme (opens in another page, and then click the link again).  Click the link to download the brochure (pdf).