Programme Information

People Place Power is an online conference that will be a meeting place for everyone interested in shifting approaches in inclusive arts and cultural engagement. Participants and contributors will include leading figures from within and beyond the arts and cultural sector, artists, as well as CPP participants and leaders.

The conference will bring together leading voices from within and beyond the arts sector, as well as participants, artists and Creative People and Places teams. Confirmed speakers and contributors include Donna Walker-Khune; Dr Darren Henley OBE and Rebecca Blackman - Arts Council England; Creative Civic Change; Failspace Project; Mark Robinson and friend - Thinking Practice; The Poetry Takeaway; Dawn Cameron; Creative Places Tuam / Create Ireland; Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts); Kerry Wykes and China Plate; The Agency Programme by Battersea Arts Centre and Contact; Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries; Yorkshire Dance and Tin Arts; CADA: the Creative Ageing Development Agency; Outdoor Arts; Rob Hopkins (Author of From What Is to What If') plus artists, participants and staff from the Creative People and Places network.

We will release the detailed programme and full list of presenters in early October.

Who is it for?

● Cultural and community organisations interested in broadening engagement and involving communities in their work

● Artists and producers interested in socially engaged and inclusive practice

● People working for and with Creative People and Places and related projects

● People working in the public sector including local authorities and health service providers

● Funders, policy-makers and academics interested in arts engagement

● Others interested in inclusive engagement practice and place-based approaches who work within community contexts


What will delegates get out of attending?

● Connect with speakers and leading figures in the sector and get up-to-date with current conversations on place-based community arts practice

● Experience Creative People and Places from the inside through practical, artist-led workshops

● Build relationships with like-minded people and develop new networks

● Expose yourself to new ideas, new ways of working, and potential partners for future collaboration

● Explore a range of topics through talks, workshops and discussions

● Position yourself as an expert - there will be many opportunities for you to share your perspective

● Take away new ideas back to your organisation and continue conversations beyond the conference

● Learn in an inspiring space, have fun, make art

The programme - what to expect

We are creating an inspiring, engaging event with distinct themes each day and different types of activity:

Day 1 - Policy and Practice
Day 2 - Stories and Learning
Day 3 - Looking ahead

Activity will include:

Conversation - insight discussion sessions with key speakers, panels
Connection - opportunities to connect with other delegates
Create and reflect - with a range of artists and art forms

The practical bits – what to expect

The conference will run from approximately 11am to 5pm (UK time) each day.
It will be hosted on a live streaming online platform
There will be regular breaks to help combat online fatigue.
Some sessions will run concurrently; you will be able to choose which to attend on each day.
Networking opportunities will be scheduled throughout to give you the chance to catch up with and get to know other delegates.


Bookings are now open and you can buy your tickets here.

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