Thursday 15 December 2016.

11.00 – 15.00  :  Clifton Park Museum  :  Clifton Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S65 2AA.

Clifton Park Museum is a splendid backdrop for our next Partners’ meeting, and the post-workshop mulled wine, mince pies and time to chat with partners from across the region will make the early start for some particularly worthwhile.

As described in the last Forum Update the aim of the meeting is to progress the Forum’s three project themes, Research, Public Engagement and Cultural & Creative Careers, building on the objectives identified at the Forum meeting in July.

We have been awarded a modest grant from Arts Council Strategic Funds to plan and take the next steps, and the meeting will draw together knowledge, ideas and recommended action that will enable us to do so.

Following a general overview, there will be three workshops, each led by a Forum Partner.  In response to a themed provocation, participants will discuss the purpose and approach to creating a map of knowledge, good practice and opportunity across the North.  The map will be a valuable resource in it’s own right, and will inform a programme of future activity.



10.30:   Refreshments


11.45:   Workshops

Cultural & Creative Careers: more doing. 

How can the cultural and HE sectors work together to help build a stronger, more skilled and more diverse cultural workforce that retains talent in the North; that represents the audiences we seek to attract; that influences the stakeholders whose support we want; that is better for business?  See some food for thought here.  

Public engagement & place-making: the voice and value of smaller arts organisations

Why is the voice of smaller arts organisations, highly articulate and active, often educated at HE level and socially/politically engaged, with robust networks across the whole of the north, not present in crucial debates that will inform future policy? How can the collective perspectives and expertise of the small-scale sector be heard and supported through HE partnership, as a vital and characteristic part of the northern arts ecology? See a provocation here.

Research: making a joined-up case for public investment

How can we generate the evidence and arguments for the ways in which partnerships, as a vehicle for applying, translating and mediating arts and humanities research, are transforming the arts and cultural sectors. Providing aggregated testimony and data beyond individual case studies would put us in a stronger position to make a joined-up case for public investment.

13.00: lunch


14.15:   Mulled wine, mince pies and mingling

15.00:   Close