Family Arts Conference 2017
A major cross-artform event exploring age, diversity and inclusion in family arts.
Wednesday 15 March
St George’s Bristol and Watershed, Bristol
10am Registration & Coffee, event 10.30am-5.30pm
Over 20 speakers confirmed so far for this major cross-artform event exploring age, diversity and inclusion in family arts.
Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley will join us to welcome arts professionals from across the UK to learn and share best practice in working with families.
Including speakers from a wide range of organisations including Arnolfini, Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham, Z-arts, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
10am Registration and coffee
10.30am Morning session: new insights on arts-based approaches to inclusion and diversity
Deputy Mayor of Bristol Cllr Estella Tincknell will speak on the role of arts in diverse and socio-economically disparate cities.
Bristol Family Arts Network, organisers of the large-scale Bristol Family Arts Festival, on diversity and inclusion at the heart of Bristol’s cultural provision. Keynote from Clare Karslake from Arnolfini, Roseanna Dias from Watershed, and Amy Harrison from The Architecture Centre.
UK & international perspectives on welcoming older people as part of the family experience from Kate Organ, expert on arts and ageing and former consultant for Baring Foundation, and representatives from European initiative Long Live Arts.
1pm Lunch with a performance from St George’s
1.55pm Breakout sessions
Working with older people and families: panel session with Emma Robinson from Age Cymru and its Gwanwyn Festival, Jill Rezzano from New Vic Stoke and its Ages and Stages programme, and others.
Marketing to families: a panel session with marketing teams from leading UK family arts organisations, discussing innovative approaches to reaching families.
Developing diversity in family audiences: panel session with Liz O’Neill, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Z-arts, Emma Spencer, Arts & Creativity Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Rachel Clarke, Communications & Press Officer for Knowle West Media Centre, and Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Wild Rumpus and Just So Festival
A family-friendly workplace: how family-friendly is the arts sector to its employees? Panel session with Anna Ehnold-Danailov and Cassie Raine, co-founders of Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA), and Nicola Smith, Founder of We Are Resident, who provide international residency opportunities for parents working as artists.
3.15pm Afternoon session: relaxed performances, research findings and future activity
Selling relaxed performances: panel session including Chris Proctor, programme manager for Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham and organiser of their Relaxed Concerts with James Rowney and Orchestra of the Swan, and others.
Keynote: Leo Sharrock, Director of Data Platforms at The Audience Agency and Jonathon Blackburn, Senior Policy and Research Officer at Arts Council England, present findings from new research on family audiences and participation.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, on the past, present and future of family arts and its importance to Arts Council England’s strategic plan.
Family Arts Campaign Manager Jenny Daly on new initiatives and ways to engage with the Family Arts Campaign.
5.30-6.30pm Networking drinks reception
“So many interesting things: hearing about a range of offers for families was very useful.”
“It allowed time to think and understand how families perceive our offer – lots of food for thought.”
“I will keep this inspiration with me when looking at my own upcoming collaborations.”
– Delegates, 2015 Family Arts Conference