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People Place Power: our next conference to take place in June 2018


Booking now open for our second People Place Power conference, focusing on inclusive approaches to arts engagement

Photo: Nelson Douglas

People Place Power is a two-day event organised by the Creative People and Places (CPP) network to provoke, challenge and move forward inclusive approaches to arts engagement, with an emphasis on sharing learning and practice.

Taking place in Wolverhampton at the Light House on the 14-15 June 2018, it will unpick the themes of power, collaboration, ownership, relevance and place through a series of rich conversations. 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 with confirmed speakers including Sathnam Sanghera (author: The Boy with the TopKnot); Matthew Peacock (Streetwise Opera); Sir Nicholas Serota (Arts Council England); Anne Torregiani (The Audience Agency); Moira Sinclair (Paul Hamlyn Foundation); Jane Finnis (Culture 24); Mark Robinson (Thinking Practice); Ailbhe Murphy (Create); Jeanette Bain-Burnett (Greater London Authority); Chrissie Tiller (cultural thinker and author of Power Up); Viktoria Nguema (Arts Council Sweden). The full line-up will be confirmed by the end of March.

Participant and artist voice, experience and expertise is central to the conference including contributions from Jason Wilshere Mills (digital artist), Jo Hunter (64 Million Artists); Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters; Nicole Mollett (More Than 100 Stories); 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 and Creative Black Country.

There’ll be a warm Black Country welcome with a free cinema screening at the eclectic Light House, a curry and comedy 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. This conference follows the success of the first People Place Power conference that took place in Doncaster in September 2016.

Book tickets now here

Early bird rate of £190 +VAT available until 31 March 2018. A limited number of lower-cost freelance places are available for independent practitoners. Please email for further information.

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