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AD:uk/NCVO National Seminar Programme on Cultural Commissioning

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1st seminar: London (Camden Centre) on Friday 6th June 2014: Chaired by Robin Simpson (Voluntary Arts) (Restricted breakout choices only: only sessions 1 and 2 in the morning and afternoon are now available)

2nd seminar: Cast Doncaster on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Chaired by Jane Wilson (Chair of AD:uk) (The seminar is now full)

The public service landscape has changed. Services are increasingly delivered through commissioning and commissioners are looking for improved outcomes. Many are also looking for services which help local communities build resilience, as part of preventative strategies to enable resource management at a time of reducing budgets. 

Arts and cultural organisations equally face financial pressures as grant aid diminishes. Many are looking to develop alternative income sources through delivering public service contracts, and to use creative skills and cultural approaches to deliver public service outcomes.  

This series of two national seminars bring together arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners to explore ways in which arts and culture can deliver effective public service outcomes. Whether you are from the arts and cultural sector, or are a commissioner, they will help you:

  • Understand how arts and cultural organisations can work creatively with individuals and communities to tackle social issues and challenges
  • Discover innovative artistic and cultural practice which engages people, and helps deliver better health, wellbeing and stronger communities
  • Develop networks to increase your effectiveness in cultural commissioning for better outcomes.

The seminars feature:

  • Key note speeches by leaders in the arts & cultural sector and in strategic commissioning
  • Practical examples of commissioning cultural programmes to deliver better outcomes in mental health & wellbeing, older people, places and communities
  • Peer to peer learning on cross-cutting issues, including: collaborative working; demonstrating impact; engaging users in service design; relationship between high artistic / cultural quality and public service delivery. 

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Vikki Haywood, Chair of the RSA
  • Carole Wood, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council
  • Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Public Health Manchester
  • Linden Rowley, Consultant
  • Sally Bagwell, NPC Research

Arts organisations, museums, libraries and archives that want to develop know-how and networks for engaging in commissioning will benefit from these seminars. So will commissioners working in health, public health, adult social care, children and families, community cohesion, regeneration and education who want better outcomes and better engagement with target communities.    

The national seminar programme is a joint initiative between the Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP),Arts Development UK and the National Culture & Leisure Forum.  It is supported by The National Archives. CCP is an Arts Council England funded programme to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to support a greater awareness amongst public service commissioners of the potential for arts and culture to deliver their outcomes.  Sign up to stay informed at:

A detailed programme and booking form is available here: Cultural Commissioning Seminar programme and booking form

For more information, please contact