A series of talks from artists, researchers and arts and cultural organisations providing key insights and discussion points.

Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

Sathnam Sanghera (author)

Wolverhampton native, prize-winning journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot Sathnam Sanghera will share his personal story touching on how place and locality has informed his writing, his experiences of growing up in a post-industrial city, and his interest in social mobility.

Building reciprocal relationships: venues and the connection with their communities

Kelly Jeffs (Light House); Sarah Robertson (Colston Hall)

The aim of this session is to open up a discussion around the role and responsibilities of cultural organisations to address historical and contemporary identities in a place, and how venues can and should listen to and respond to their communities. Case studies of Bristol’s Colston Hall and the conference venue Light House will provide an insight into how local communities have shaped each venue’s development, and outline challenges and how they have been overcome.

Socially engaged art practice – long term or short term? There is legacy where there is collaborative effort

Rebecca Davies (artist)

Rebecca will discuss the value of short and long-term projects, and the sort of support artists with a socially-engaged practice need. She will share her journey through Creative People and Places, including the opportunity to work with Appetite with touring project The Oasis Social Club, which led her to move to Stoke-on-Trent. This has developed a further collaboration with artist Anna Francis and local residents on The Portland Inn Project, negotiating community asset transfer of a local pub, which has just been agreed.

Our stories

Hannah Saunders (Peterborough Presents); Chiara Edwards (CPP Hounslow); Lauren Chapman and Faye Parker (bait); Saira Awan and Sharlene Carter (Creative Barking and Dagenham); Elaine Richards and Sandra Naglis (Cultural Spring) facilitated by Sarah Boiling

A closed professional development session for nominated participants from the Creative People and Places network. Participants from bait, Creative Barking and Dagenham, Peterborough Presents, CPP Hounslow and Cultural Spring will work together and with Sarah to establish some tools and techniques for creating, sharing and advocating their work that they can apply in their own practice. Stories will be documented, and (with participant permission) shared with conference delegates during and beyond the event.

Photo (c) Stephen King. Heart of Glass. The Shed, a sound installation from Baa Baa Baric, on the roof of the Tontine Car Park in St Helens.