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Ahead for Culture

 Championing Cultural Learning in Changing Times

:Leading cultural learning conference

 How can leaders at all levels, in all settings, make access to high quality arts and culture a genuine entitlement for all children and young people?

Join us for a day of inspirational speakers, challenging provocations, lively debate and practical workshops exploring this vital issue.

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Ahead for Culture - Culture Learning leaders

Conversation, Inspiration and Provocation

News Presenter and Journalist, Kirsty Wark will chair a debate with Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture, Professor Jonothan Neelands, Associate Dean Creativity, Warwick Business School, and Sir Nick Williams, former Headteacher and education advisor. The conversation will explore the challenges facing arts and culture during a time of rapid changes in budgets, government and technology – and what schools, cultural organisations and policy makers can do in response.

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE will share from her wealth of leadership experience on why access to art is so important for young people and what is at stake if we get it wrong.

Leadership in all of its forms will be dissected in lively provocations from Nii Sackey, Founder of Bigga Fish, Sir Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, contemporary historian and political author and Susan Coles, Teacher, Artist, Visual Art Activist and Immediate Past-President of National Society for Education in Art & Design.

The Next Generation

Esther Burns example work

Throughout the day emerging leaders and young artists will present their new work, challenge assumptions and ensure we look ahead. Contributors include: Next Generation Youth Theatre; artist Estie B and entrepreneurs from Bigga Fish.

Read more about the next generation leaders 


Workshops & Debates

workshops and learning

Alongside thought provoking speakers the day will provide plenty of opportunities for interaction and debate through a carefully curated series of workshops and activities. The workshops feature leaders from schools, NPOs and cultural organisations across the region. They will provide an opportunity to celebrate achievements, share learning and foster new collaborations.

Explore the full range of workshops available

Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – The Warwick Commission’s Final Report
Professor Jonothan Neelands digs into the report findings and explores what they mean for the future

How to Develop and Nurture Young Entrepreneurs
Designed and led by young people from BiggaFish

Music Connections East - Towards a Musically Inclusive Eastern England
Drake Music will lead a practical exploration of how music technology and research can broaden access for all - NO prior musical knowledge required!

Exploring Impact Assessment
Understanding and showing evidence of the impact we make. Lessons from the Eastern region

Irresistible Artsmark - the Journey to Flagship School
The new Artsmark model and what it means for schools

Creating An Outrageous Sense of Entitlement to the Arts in Young People: Tales from Two Projects
Explore two successful but contrasting projects that enable children and young people to engage with the wealth of cultural activity in their area and beyond

The Art of Place-making - For, by & with Children & Young People
A round-table discussion to unpick the secret of what works

Leading Creative Curriculum Development Through Collaboration
How to nurture creative leadership at all levels, across a cluster of schools

A list of speakers and biographies is available here



  Who should attend?

The direction that we take with arts and culture in education is a very timely debate and an issue we all have a stake in helping to get right

Professor Jonothan Neelands

Teachers and School management can hear from prominent educationalists and emerging local leaders, make new connections with arts organisations and learn practical ways to implement your plans.

Arts and cultural organisations can explore new models, access the latest research, connect with school leaders and learn from innovative local examples.

Ahead for Culture is a unique opportunity to be challenged and inspired by the present and to connect with a community of passionate experts and potential leaders for the future.


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