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Negotiating the Arts Landscape: Arts Development UK Annual Conference in York

18th & 19th October 2012 at the York Barbican
This year the conference takes place at The York Barbican, and is hosted by the City of York Council. It is the second time that the conference has visited the Yorkshire and Humberside region; an area which is steeped in heritage and culture. York, once the railway and chocolate city with cobbled streets is now has a highly versatile arts & creative industries landscape which we will explore as part of the event programme, and is also celebrating the 800th anniversary of its city status in 2012.

The conference will explore key issues including:
• changing arts development to fit the future
• real Localism and how to achieve it
• useful maps for navigating the political and economic landscape
• new commissioning and delivery opportunities

The Conference is a key event in the national arts calendar, offering:
• up-to-the-minute national developments and what they mean for the arts
• professional development with national models of excellence
• opportunities to network with colleagues and organisations from across the arts and the UK
• examples of best practice and innovative approaches from market leaders.

The event will offer a mix of keynote presentations, breakouts, study tours, skills and knowledge exchanges and discussion groups. We want to make the most of your time and listening to feedback from previous conferences, this year will feature new Live skills bank and ‘Information Takeaway’ sessions: short sharp soundbites of crucial data and updates to optimise the available time. Also on offer are the popular Study tours as you said “they were “Excellent …an arts fix…and very useful networking space”

The programme is now confirmed and are delighted to announce that John Holden, visiting professor at City University and associate of Demos, and Simon Eden, CEO of Winchester CC and Lead Chief Executive for the Quality Places Delivery Panel for PUSH (Partnerships for Urban South Hampshire) will be offering a keynote presentations.

Speakers confirmed include:
• Simon Eden Chief Executive of Winchester City Council
• John Holden, visiting professor at City University and associate of Demos
• Cllr Sonja Crisp: Cabinet member for Leisure & Culture, City of York Council
• Madeleine Irwin, Programme Development Manager with CapeUK
• Paul Bristow, Acting Director of Strategic Partnerships at ACE,
• Carys Wynne, Portfolio Manager at ACW,
• Karen Dick, Development Partnership Officer at Creative Scotland.
• Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts in Health of Durham University
• Mike Faulkner: G & M Associates
• Gabriella Smith, Open Studios Network
• Marcus Lawry, Orchard Arts
• Tim Brooks, Arts Education Manager, City of York Council
• Rosalind Lowry, Arts & Events Development Officer, Ballymena BC
• Carole Bemant, Cultureworks
• Jayne Knight, Arts Development Manager, Suffolk CC
• Katie Stewart, Head of Economic Development, City of York Council
• Lorna Brown, 2012 & Cultural Lead Professional for W Sussex CC
• Heidi Bellamy, Director of Culture First and Administrator of cCLOA
• Andrew Clay, Director of Woodend Creative
• Caroline O’Neill, Arts Development officer, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC
• Simon Collins, Biomation
• Kirsten Bicknell, stART Arts Development Manager, South Cambridgeshire DC
• Dave Edmunds, Director of DEP Arts
• Paul Holloway, City Arts Officer, Hull City Council
• Claire Slattery, Arts & Heritage Manager, Calderdale MBC
• David McQuillan, Development Director of the Orange Box
• Lucy Bedford, Arts Development Officer with Milton Keynes Council
• Diana Pasek-Atkinson, Strategic Arts Development Officer, Nottinghamshire CC

A PDF version of the programme and booking form is available here: Conference Programme 2012
For a version in Word (more flexible for multiple bookings) click Draft Conference Programme 2012

For more information about the conference, telephone: 01269 824728 or email