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Creative Economies

Seminar brochureArts Development UK/Arts Council England “Creative Economies” National Seminar

Presentations and Keynotes

 The Arts Development UK/ Arts Council England “Creative Economies” seminar took place on 20th June 2012. This was a partnership event between ACE and AD:uk and was hosted by the London Borough of Camden at The Camden Centre, London.

The seminar investigated the role that arts can play in economic development and the regeneration of communities in the current challenging economic climate. Creative Economies explored:

  • 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

A range of high profile national speakers discussed current themes, including strategic commissioning and tailored cultural services for local communities. The seminar also offered different models of best practice delivery through case studies, keynote presentations, breakout sessions and discussion forums, helping to scope the future landscape in which we will all operate. This programme was aimed at officers and elected members involved in cultural service policy and practice, offering a valuable opportunity to explore the wider cultural infrastructure and cross-cutting agendas.

121 delegates took part in the event. Delegates heard about policy and practice from a range of informed speakers and presenters, both as keynote speakers and as breakout presenters.

Speakers taking part included:

  • Dr 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
  • Ali Robertson: Director of The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
  • David Yard: Head of Communications at the Turner Contemporary
  • 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 Industries Assistant at Leics CC

For delegates who would like to share information of those of you who missed the event, we have a range of presentations and key note addresses to share with you and these are available below:

Keynote Presentations (as audio files) available here:

Breakout presentations are available below:

Morning Breakouts:

Afternoon Breakouts:

ACE has developed a storify site to collate tweets from the day, and this is available at:

Finally, the seminar evaluation report is available here: evaluation report