“Passion, Partnerships and Empowering People” National Conference 16th October 2009

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“Passion, Partnerships and Empowering People”. A one day National Conference exploring and celebrating partnership working and the participatory arts. Taking place on Friday 16th October 2009 at QUAD, Derby, 10am (registration from 9am) to 4.30pm. The conference features:

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KEY SPEAKERS TALKING UNDER EACH OF THE TITLE THEMES:

· David Cutler (Director of the Baring Foundation)

· Eugene Van Erven (Director of the International Community Arts Festival) and

· Participants from community arts projects.

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THREE CASE STUDY SESSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Lucy Neal (Founder of the London International Festival of Theatre) presents the work of social reformer, suffragette and passionate, radical arts practitioner Mary Neal.

Mary is considered to be perhaps one of the forerunners of community arts in the UK and Lucy considers her work and its historical context in terms of social reform before opening a discussion on how looking at past work can influence current and future participatory arts practice.

Geoff Rowe (Director, Big Difference Company) on the organisation and its diverse range of income streams (public and private sector), varied programme of events and health promotion focused community arts work.

Geoff discusses how it has grown to gain national profile whilst retaining a continued commitment to being embedded within the communities it works in, before exploring issues relating to cross sector relationships, proactive and reactive programming and sustainability.

Kevin Ryan (CEO, Charnwood Arts) on the development of Next Level Cafe, a specialist resource in Loughborough working with young people 'at risk'.

Kevin will reflect upon and open a discussion about the nature of the funding influences and negotiating complex relationships as required to bring about the realisation and continued sustainability of such a project.

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TWO WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Chosen from a programme of nine and covering topics such as:

· Online communities and making the most of web 2.0 applications such as facebook

· Whether we have preconceptions about others from different sectors.

· Defining the key principles of effective partnership working.

· Demystifying local government reform and the shifting landscape of the Third Sector

· Participatory arts as a collaborative process; issues of ownership; complimenting and competing and approaches to sustainability.

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LUNCHTIME NETWORKING, EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

· Engage with interactive exhibits as part of QUAD’s exhibition “Don't Stop Believing - A Season Exploring the Art of Participation

· Take two minutes to talk about any community arts project you are passionate about on The Plinth

· Join participatory arts practitioner Tan Draig (OBE) in using a variety of arts materials to create a physical landscape of the participatory arts world

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A RESIDENT PERFORMANCE POET TO STICK COMMENTS ON!

Poet, comedian and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee will wander throughout the conference encouraging people to stick their comments about passion, partnerships or empowerment in the participatory arts to him (and talk to him if they wish). From these he will create a ‘poem in a day’, to be performed at the close of the conference.

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DELEGATES FEES:

· £50 for organisations

· £25 for individuals (ie freelancers, sole traders etc)

For an additional £15 per person delegates are also invited to the Pre Conference Social evening in the QUAD Gallery on Thursday 15th October (ticket price includes food and a drink).

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TO BOOK:

Visit www.empaf.com/resources and download the Conference 2009 Booking Form document or email jane@empaf.com for a copy and further information.

Website:
http://www.empaf.com/resources

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