Conference will explore four key themes:
What is arts activism in 2016? Would early activists recognise it today? What is it trying to achieve? Can the arts learn from other forms of activism?
Accessible Arts and Social Cohesion
What does accessible mean? Who decides the arts offer? How can the arts improve social cohesion? Why do the arts achieve when others fail?
A Re-definition of Education
Who is best placed to define arts education? Where does art stand within education? Can the arts offer a curriculum for life? Inspire or test?
How can young people be supported to achieve sustainable careers in the arts and creative sector?
Local, national and international speakers will bring a range of perspectives, engaging delegates in lively discussion and debate through presentations and panel discussions. Breakout Sessions will enable delegates to focus on aspects of the Conference themes in more detail, through case studies, practice and skill sharing.
Contributors will include...
Rabab Ghazoul, Visual Artist will share how she negotiates the realm of the political and why the 'public' realm – the realm of people – is her primary context.
Jeanie Scott, Executive Director, a-n will share key findings of the Artists' Livelihood project – hot off the press.
Bryan Biggs, Artist & Artistic Director/Project Director, Bluecoat will talk about how Bluecoat provides a space where creativity flourishes and is a shared experience.
Mike Fairclough, Headteacher, West Rise Junior School on why Room 13, Shine Radio Station, artists in residence, a Bronze Age village and water buffalo are part of his pupils' unique experience.
Kenn Taylor, Writer, Journalist & Head of Participation, The Tetley will explore socially engaged practice in postindustrial areas of Detroit, Chicago – and Leeds.
Rebecca Ross-Williams, Theatre and Community Director, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse will discuss how her interest in using the arts to create change in social settings resulted in an exciting project working with young offenders.
Steffan Jones-Hughes, Visual Artist & Director, Oriel Wrecsam will propose the community is the gallery – reflecting on how to work without a venue.
Nina Edge, Artist will discuss the aims and impacts of her work, renowned for successful engagement with local audiences.