Date for your diary: the next Forum Partners Meeting

The next Forum meeting, which is open to all partners, will take place in Rotherham on Thursday 15 December 2016.

In addition to networking and a general catch-up, group workshops will progress the ambitions and activities of the Forum’s three project themes – see Next Steps below.

See the notes from the Forum meeting on 14 July here.

To become a Partner, see below.

 Next Steps

Good news – Arts Council England has awarded short-term funding to the Forum to respond to the ambitions and challenges emerging from the launch symposium in May and the Forum meeting in July.

Three partner-led project groups will drive progress on topics within the Forum’s identified project themes.

Your experience and input is encouraged. To join project groups, please contact Alice at


Generating evidence that demonstrates the ways in which partnerships, as a vehicle for applying, translating and mediating arts and humanities research, are transforming the arts and cultural sector.

Public Engagement

Responding to challenges faced by towns outside major conurbations, such as Rotherham, by exploring how arts-HE partnership can support the development of confident, ambitious young people as future advocates for and participants in life and business in their area.

Identifying the value of and creating the frameworks for small arts organisations and universities to work in partnership for mutual and public benefit.

Cultural & Creative Careers

Enabling organisational resilience through diversity, focusing on diverse pathways to careers in the arts, the development of a diverse workforce and a diverse governance structure. Working in partnership with Cape UK.

New Partnerships

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation shares the Forum’s commitment to cultivating a diverse workforce. In line with our Cultural & Creative Careers ambitions we’re working in partnership to better understand and share best practice in recruitment and training.  See here for further information and an invitation to participate.

Partner News

Juice Festival and Northumbria University are working with young people in NewcastleGateshead to map their version of the city.

University of Hull and Hull Chamber Music are connecting students with professional musicians and new work.

Axisweb has secured Innovate UK funding to support a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Open Eye gallery appoints a new writer in residence.

Seven Stories and  Newcastle University are collaborating on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to celebrate the work of author Michael Morpurgo, with a research-led approach to a children’s literature exhibition.

The University of Liverpool, Institute of Popular Music and Open Eye Gallery are collaborating with community groups to explore and curate the exhibition of their archives.

Opera North & University of Leeds have launched the DARE Prize: Radical Interdisciplinarity – What do you want to do?


Become a partner

If you would like to be an identified Forum Partner, just contact us at with the following information: –