Conference programme

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Monday 4 November 

Fringe events
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm     
One hour sessions showcasing the arts and culture in the North East, at venues across Newcastle & Gateshead. Booking is essential for all events.
Fringe Reception
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Join us at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for the Fringe reception and visit the current exhibitions by Joy Labinjo and Pippa Hale

Day 1 – Tuesday 5 November 

Fringe events
10:00 am – 11:00 am     
One hour sessions showcasing the arts and culture in the North East, at venues across Newcastle & Gateshead. Booking is essential for all events.
Registration and lunch
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Welcome addresses
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Jane Sillis, Director of Engage

Professor Tom Lawson, Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University

Emma Moorby, Conference Programmer
Keynote Address
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Sharna Jackson, Artistic Director, Site Gallery & Children’s Author

Sharna will reflect on her experience across a wide variety of roles in the cultural sector, all of which have been driven by a desire to ensure young, diverse, disengaged young people are supported to access the arts and culture.
Plenary 1
1:50 pm – 2:55 pm
Who do we mean by ‘young people’ and what do we know about their engagement with the arts and culture?

Ben Dickenson, Executive Producer, City of Dreams
Ben will to introduce City of Dreams, a 10-year strategy across Newcastle and Gateshead and the inspiration for this year’s conference.

Nick Hind & Bethan Kitchen, City of Dreams Champions
City of Dreams Champions will share insight from the Big Culture Conversation: a mechanism to engage people aged under 25 years in the conversation in Newcastle and Gateshead as part of City of Dreams.

Members of the National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland
NYAAG members will present the findings presented in the group’s ‘Culture & Connection’ report and next steps for actioning their recommendations.

Gweni Llwyd, Freelance Creative Practitioner
Gweni will reflect on her experience of the arts and culture in Wales (having lived in both North and South Wales) and involvement with RawFfest, a national festival for young people, by young people.

This session will include individual presentation, a round table discussion and Q&A, facilitated by Ben Dickenson
2:55 pm – 3:15 pm

Plenary 2
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
What is the impact of policy and partnership on young people’s access to the arts and culture?

Julie Ward MEP will chair this session to include presentations by:

Diane Hebb, Arts Council of Wales, who will introduce the new curriculum in Wales.

Melanie Burgess, Area Manager (North of Tyne), Culture Bridge North East, who will present the work of Local Cultural Education Partnerships in the region.

A presentation on the impact of the Curriculum for Excellence on the teaching of the arts and design and Scotland.

A presentation of the recommendations of the Durham Commission

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

AGM + Drinks 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Delegate Soapbox offers colleagues the opportunity to present to Conference attendees about a particular project, area of work, or piece of research. It is a practical way to share information, promote your initiatives and invite feedback from fellow delegates, which may lead to new partnerships in the future.
Conference dinner 
8:00 pm  

Day 2 – Wednesday 6 November 

Breakout sessions
9:30 am – 10:30 am  
Iain Wheeldon, Lecturer, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

Jack Brown, Artist Educator

Will Sadler, Development Director & Andrew Coats, Creative Director, Beacon Films with 2 Beacon Films Filmmakers

Alison Bowyer, Executive Director, Kids in Museums & Stewart Parsons, Director, Get It Loud In Libraries

Nicole Heidtke, Senior Art Programmer, Templar Arts and Leisure Centre (talc.)

Val Tobiass, Learning & Engagement Co-ordinator (Schools), Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings with Dr Judy Thomas, Senior Lecturer Fine Art / Co-Director Learning and Teaching (Faculty of Arts), Northumbria University

Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager, Peak

David Jones, Community Liaison Manager, International Centre for Life

Cheryl Gavin, Senior Project Manager, Helix Arts, with Julia, a young participant of a Helix Arts project

Headteacher Miles Wallis-Clarke and pupils from Hotspur Primary School

View the breakout session descriptions
Marsh Awards
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  
Join us for the announcement of the 2019 Marsh Awards
Lunch and Area Group Meetings
12:00 – 1:00 pm  
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm
Iain Watson, Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Keynote Address
1:00 pm – 1:40pm 
Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, Young People’s Producer, Brent 2020 – London Borough of Culture and Raden Anandra Natlegawa, Member of the Brent Blueprint Collective

Dhikshana and Raden will unpick what true co-production with young people means, drawing on their experience with Brent Blueprint Collective, a part leadership programme, pressure-group and think tank making sure the young voices of Brent are seen and heard.
Plenary 3
1:45 pm – 2:50 pm  
How can we help young people overcome barriers to accessing the arts and culture?

Susan Coles, Arts, Creativity, Educational Consultant, will chair this session including panellists:

Andrew Miller, the UK Government’s Disability Champion for Arts & Culture, will provide an overview of his work as UK Government Disability Champion for Arts & Culture and identify some of the challenges ahead for the sector to achieve better inclusion of young disabled people as participants and audience members.

Siobhan Carroll, Head of Programmes, Collective, Edinburgh, will present the work of Collective in Edinburgh where co-production is a core part of all programming, from exhibitions to schools projects. Siobhan’s presentation will focus on collaborative work with young people, where artists and children are both involved in co-producing a project. Focusing on the project ‘Time Capsule’ which involved two primary schools in Leith and Abbeyhill, both who are local to the area but rarely visit Calton Hill the park where Collective is situated. The artist Catherine Payton worked with the children in a wide range of creative ways in order to capture their imagination and interest, including creating spells, laughter, acting, etc.

Miranda Ballin, Artistic Director of Sparc, Valleys Kids
Miranda will present her work at Sparc and research which explored what parents from diverse backgrounds think about youth arts. Parents are often the ‘gatekeepers’ to young people’s lives (together with teachers) and their opinions about the arts and culture influence young people’s choices and opportunities.

A presentation by MIMA on their work in the settlement area of North Ormesby, where young people have been engaged on their terms in their area, working on a project to their specification.

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
2:50 pm – 4:15 pm

Plenary 4
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm  
How can we support young people who want to pursue a career/training in the cultural sector?

The final conference session will explore opportunities through which young people gain experience and skills to support their journey into a career in the cultural sector.

Panel discussion chaired by Laura Sillars, Director, MIMA.

Briana Pegado, Executive Director, Creative Edinburgh and Founder, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, on her work with Voluntary Arts Scotland working with faith-based groups, BAME young people, etc. Briana could also talk about creative mentoring networks that she is part of, one of which was set up in New York initially. Briana is involved in a number of organisations in Scotland which support young people gaining transferable skills and experience.

Jo Esposti, Cultural Ambition Project Coordinator, Creative & Cultural Skills, who will talk about the Cultural Ambition programme, which offers trainee placements in cultural heritage venues. The scheme is offered to non-graduates aged 18-24 years old who are not in education or training.

Holly Ball, Head of Careers and Employability, Curious Minds on the Trailblaze programme, which is part of Curious Minds’ offer to give young people in challenging personal circumstances the opportunity to gain valuable part-time paid experience in a role in the creative and cultural industries.

Jennifer Barrett, Managing Director, This is Creative Enterprise C.I.C. (TICE) will present about the work of This is Creative Enterprise CIC, specifically the TICE Programme for schools and recent work with The Bowes Museum embracing technology and exploring ways to engage a younger audience.

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A
Closing remarks
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm  
Jane Sillis, Director of Engage

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. The final schedule will be presented to delegates in the delagte pack.