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AD:UK West Midlands Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockFriday 28th November from 12.30pm to 4pm
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Appreciating this is short notice we would like to invite you a WM ADUK meeting at the end of this month, hoping that as the year draws to a close some of you may have time to get out! We propose to hold a meeting on Friday 28th November from 12.30pm to 4pm (latest) at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery hosted by our new WM co-ordinator Symon Easton from Birmingham City Council. This means we will get together before the next national meeting which takes place in early December so we have time to collate some feedback and commentary to share with national colleagues and cultural body representatives such as the Arts Council and DCMS.

The agenda will be around the following suggested topics, although as ever if you have any burning issues for discussion we can make time for them:
• Cultural Commissioning – some of you will have attended the recent ADUK seminars on this. Birmingham have practice to share on the subject – given the change to their services and the future plans for culture in the city.
• State of the ‘Arts Nation’ – sharing perspectives and experience in the regions – reflecting where the challenges are and how we might support each other as a greater west midlands model.
• Feedback on recent ACE Briefings in the Midlands and Review and discussion on the Arts Council recently announced Strategic funding programmes
I hope that had whetted your appetites a little. As if you needed any more of an incentive – the other main attraction at this time of the year is the German Street Market – a great festive experience and a good excuse to get some shopping done. As we are close to the date in question now I would appreciate it if you could respond to say if you are planning to attend by the end of next week – Friday November 14th – so we can plan for refreshment numbers. Please send your interest to: psyche.hudson@telford.gov.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Psyche Hudson (Regional Coordinator for WM & Arts & Culture Services Manager for Telford & Wrekin Council)