People Power Practice

A one-day symposium for senior cultural leaders who want to build stronger approaches to inclusive engagement.

2018 has been characterised by major conversations around democratic approaches to cultural engagement and inclusive leadership. This event hosted by the Creative People and Places network offers senior leaders of cultural organisations an opportunity to reflect on these themes, discuss insights and challenges and to think about the next steps toward genuine and long-term engagement with communities.

Through a mix of provocation and discussion involving delegates and a range of speakers, the programme will include insights into:

  • embedding inclusive engagement approaches in your work
  • creating relevant and meaningful cultural experiences – including co-commissioning and co-creating work with communities
  • people-focused, values-led inclusive leadership
  • understanding and exploring how artists and communities can work together
  • the challenges and rewards of working in this way

Confirmed speakers include Doreen Foster from Warwick Arts Centre, artist Dawinder Bansal, Evie Manning from Common Wealth, Alan Lane from Slung Low, Sarah Boiling, Patrick Fox from Heart of Glass, Anne Torreggiani from The Audience Agency, Paul Hartley from In Situ, Sajida Carr from Creative Black Country, Helen Willmott from Made in Corby, Josie Stone from Peterborough Presents and artist Caroline Wendling.

The programme will draw on real examples from the Creative People and Places (CPP) network and beyond, highlighting learning from a range of work, with conversation and exchange at the centre of the day. There will also be the opportunity to hear about the key findings of Creative People and Places’ research into engagement approaches with Sarah Boiling.

With Arts Council England shaping a new strategy for 2020-2030, this is the right moment to start reimagining future practice and to think about embedding inclusive approaches in all our work.

Who is this event for?

Senior leaders of arts and cultural organisations (including NPOs and museums) who want to take steps toward genuine and long-term audience engagement, with people given more opportunities to create, curate and commission as individuals and communities.

Who isn’t it for?

This event is for cultural organisations interested in taking their first steps towards more inclusive approaches to engagement. It is not designed for organisations and individuals already working in this way, or for organisations making an application to the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places fund.

What is the Creative People and Places network?

Creative People and Places network comprises the 21 current projects funded through the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme. As an action-research programme we are testing different approaches to long-term arts engagement in 21 places and want to exchange learning with senior leaders in the sector and have honest conversations about the challenges we are all grappling with and what we can learn from each other.


£45 plus VAT. The event will run from 10am-4:30pm.

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Image from A Plea for Common Ownership, Walker and Bromwich 2017, commissioned by bait. Photo: Mark Pinder