Join us on 5 December to explore how creative partnerships between cultural institutions, universities and colleges act as a positive force for change within their communities.

At a time of extreme economic instability and a cost-of-living crisis which threatens social and cultural coherence, how can creative partnerships between cultural institutions, universities and colleges act as a positive force for change within their communities?

Using South Yorkshire as the lens for exploration, this event, brought to you by the Civic University Network (Sheffield Hallam University), Arts Council England and Culture Forum North, will bring together a panel of institutional leaders and cultural experts to explore the role of such partnerships across diverse sectors.

Darren Henley – Chief Executive, Arts Council England
Oliver Coppard – Mayor, South Yorkshire Combined Authority
Professor Sir Chris Husbands – Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
Angela Foulkes – Chief Executive & Principal at The Sheffield College
Sonia Gayle – Vice-Chair African Heritage Culture Forum and Commissioner for the Sheffield Race Equality Commission
Professor Vanessa Toulmin – Director of City & Culture, Partnerships and Regional Engagement, University of Sheffield
Duncan Robertshaw – Chief Executive, darts – Doncaster’s participatory arts charity
Martin McKervey – Chair of Sheffield Property Association and Deputy-Chair of Sheffield Culture Collective

Event Agenda 
10:00 – Arrival & refreshments
10:30 – Panel event & audience Q&A
12:15 – African Heritage Culture Forum launch 
12:30 – Lunch & Networking
14:30 – Close
The panel will explore their perspectives on overcoming barriers and developing opportunities for cultural partnerships, building on the recently published Culture Forum North New Vision for Partnership. It follows on from the successful launch of the South Yorkshire Cultural and Creative Industries Network, established last year by the Showroom Workstation and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to boost the region’s sector via collaboration.  Key findings will be shared nationally through the Civic University Network and Culture Forum North.

The event will also feature the launch of the African Heritage Culture Forum presented by Des Smith Chair, African Heritage Culture Forum, and an afternoon session of Networking.

Attendees from all sectors and locations are warmly welcomed.

A small number of travel bursaries are available for any freelance arts practitioners wishing to travel to the event. Please contact

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