People, Place, Power conference

People Place Power is a two-day conference by Creative People and Places to provoke, challenge and move forward inclusive approaches to arts engagement. It will unpick the themes of power, collaboration, ownership, relevance and place through a series of rich conversations, with an emphasis on learning and practice.

Hosted by CPP project Creative Black Country, the conference will bring together leading voices from within and beyond the arts sector, as well as participants, artists and Creative People and Places teams. Compered by performance artist Talia Randall confirmed speakers include Sathnam Sanghera (author: The Boy with the TopKnot); Jessica Thom (Touretteshero); Sir Nicholas Serota (Arts Council England); Chrissie Tiller (cultural thinker and author of Power Up); David Ellington (Diverse City); Helen Spencer (The Space); Matthew Peacock (Streetwise Opera); Stella Duffy (Fun Palaces); Anne Torregiani (The Audience Agency); Moira Sinclair (Paul Hamlyn Foundation); Jane Finnis (Culture24); Mark Robinson (Thinking Practice); Ailbhe Murphy (Create); Jeanette Bain-Burnett (Greater London Authority); Viktoria Nguema (Arts Council Sweden); Helen Bovey (Icarus); Claire Doherty (Arnolfini); Andrew Barnett (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation); Sarah Gee (Indigo Consulting); Sarah Boiling and Clare Thurman, Catherine Hearne (Helix Arts); Dr Alastair Roy (University of Central Lancashire); Sarah Robertson (Colston Hall); Chenine Bhathena (Greater London Authority); Kelly Jeffs (Light House); Nikki Locke (British Council); Hassan Mahamdallie.

Participant and artist voice, experience and expertise is central to the conference including contributions from Quddous Ahmed (Poetical Word); Jason Wilshere Mills (digital artist); Jo Hunter (64 Million Artists); Black Country Touring; Nicole Mollett and Sarah Butler (More than 100 Stories); Rebecca Davies and Creative People and Places participants and teams from Bait; Peterborough Presents; Cultural Spring; CPP Hounslow; Heart of Glass; Made in Corby; Appetite; LeftCoast; Creative Scene; Creative Barking and Dagenham and Creative Black Country.

There’ll be a warm Black Country welcome by the infamous Blue Ladies, a curry and Black Country entertainment evening, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the recreated surroundings of the infamous Desi Pubs.

Who is it for?

  • Cultural organisations interested in broadening engagement and involving communities in their work
  • Artists interested in socially engaged practice
  • People working for and with Creative People and Places projects
  • Others interested in inclusive engagement practice and place-based approaches

What will delegates get out of attending?

  • Connect with speakers and leading figures in the sector and get up-to-date with current conversations on place-based community arts practice
  • Experience Creative People and Places from the inside through practical, artist-led workshops
  • Build relationships with like-minded people and develop new networks
  • Expose yourself to new ideas, new ways of working, and potential partners for future collaboration
  • Explore a range of topics through talks, workshops and discussions
  • Position yourself as an expert - there will be many opportunities for you to share your perspective
  • Take away new ideas back to your organisation and continue conversations beyond the conference
  • Learn in an inspiring space, have fun, make art

People Place Power hopes to generate specific actions that will make a tangible difference to future arts engagement practice.