People, Place, Power conference

People Place Power was a two-day conference in June 2018 by Creative People and Places to provoke, challenge and move forward inclusive approaches to arts engagement. It unpicked the themes of power, collaboration, ownership, relevance and place through a series of rich conversations, with an emphasis on learning and practice. The #peopleplacepower hashtag on twitter provides a flavour of the event.

Conference resources

  • Read Mark Robinson's reflection on themes and insights that came out of People Place Power here 

  • Read blogs and provocations from a selection of speakers and delegates here

  • Access the conference presentations here

Watch the film of our opening session with Talia Randall, Saffi Price and Parminder Dosanjh from Creative Black Country, Jess Thom of Touretteshero, Quddous Ahmed from Poetical Word, Tina Redford from LeftCoast and Claire Doherty from Arnolfini. 

Watch the film of our closing session with contributions from delegates, Sir Nicholas Serota of Arts Council England, Parminder Dosanjh of Creative Black Country, Anne Torreggiani of The Audience Agency, Quddous Ahmed of Poetical Word and Talia Randall. 

Hear from community members who were involved in the conference in this short film below

Hosted by CPP project Creative Black Country, the conference brought 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 speakers included 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); 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 (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.