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AD:uk Conference 2013

The new Library Complex, Birmingham – 28/29th November 2013

The 2013 AD:uk National Conference attracted nearly 200 delegates to Birmingham’s  iconic new Library of Birmingham and Rep Studio Theatre complex. The conference was hosted by Birmingham City Council this year, who provided the venue and also supported the programming of the event.

The conference offered ingredients for arts development and opportunities to network with arts and cultural colleagues from across the country and provided a lively mix of keynote presentations, breakouts, study tours, skills and knowledge exchanges and discussion groups. The programme included a packed menu including:

  • Information takeaway sessions give a flavour of the big issues
  • Skills Bank Live offers a taste of this AD:uk members’ resource to everyone
  • New! World Café – programmed forum for debate and discussion
  • New! Cultural Leadership skills and how to access them

The conference was also followed on Twitter @artsdevuk which included updates on the programme and a lively conversation stream on #adukconf13. Artist residencies were a major part in the conference programme this year, with a major residency with SSoCiAL’s Sally Lemsford and Sophie Cullinan coordinating our World Cafe: Sauced event and other artist residencies in Social Networking and Photography from Lucia Masundire and Rachael Phelps resp.

For those of you who were not able to attend, we have included a selection of presentations, keynote speeches and case studies below for you to download and share:

Gus Garside’s presentation on Arts & people with learning disabilities is available as a Prezi File at:

In addition, a review of the conference, is now online at: This article was first published by a-n The Artists Information Company on a-n News

You can view our favourite photos and tweets from the conference below