People, Place, Power conference 2016: presentations

Presentations from our People, Place, Power conference in 2016

Make a Wish. Right Up Our Street. Image: Chris Swain

Our People, Place, Power conference in Doncaster in September 2016 brought together over 220 people - practitioners, artists, academics - all with an interest in increasing arts engagement. You can view selected films and presentations on this page. 

Download Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice's report drawing together some of the themes and learning from the conference

Download conference programme

Download full list of parallel sessions with speaker biographies

Watch our YouTube playlist including keynote sessions and behind the scenes interviews

Read reflections from delegates Matt Fenton of Contact Theatre and Emma Horsman of The Cultural Spring

Keynote sessions

  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England - view film
  • Lynsey Hanley, Writer. "Are we ever gonna be respectable?" - view film and download presentation
  • Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett, More Than 100 Stories - view film
  • What is the relationship between excellence of art and excellence of engagement? Panel discussion with Chair Lyn Gardner; Sylvan Baker; Jo Verrant; Matt Fenton and Jo Hunter - view film

Other content:

  • Creative People and Places evaluation update with Holly Donagh, A New Direction - view slides
  • Guided Walk with Andrew Loretto - read notes
  • Welcome to Donnie with Right Up Our Street - view film


Parallel Sessions

Day 1

Panel: Meanings of participation

Chair: Nikki Locke

Panel: Building the local arts infrastructure

Chair: Ruth Melville

In conversation: Different approaches to community commissioning

Chair: Helen Ball

  • Jeremy Brown - Who knows best?
  • Emma Horsman - Local arts commissioning – the motivation to get involved
  • Katherine Nightingale - How does our garden grow?
  • Helen Willmott - Exploring Made in Corby community commissions

In conversation: Cultural programming for diverse communities

  • Lynn Frogett – a facilitated conversation on cultural programming for diverse communities: realism or utopia?

Panel: How does context and sense of place affect engagement?

Chair: Nikki Locke

In conversation: Social arts practice

  • Chrissie Tiller and In Situ - A facilitated conversation on training in socially engaged practice

Panel: How can we build audiences for and from one off events/surprise encounters?

Chair: Andrew Ormston

Day 2

Panel: What are the benefits and challenge of partnership working?

Chair: Elaine Speight

  • Jocelyn Cunningham - A spectrum of change
  • Nikki Locke - Working in partnership: listen and respond to make long term change
  • Andrew Ormston - Sensing place

Panel: Whose capacity are we building and how?

Chair: Ruth Melville

In conversation: What is quality and how do we measure it?

Chair: Robin Simpson

Framing and assessing excellence and quality: perspectives from programmes, places and people

Workshop: More Than 100 Stories- creating a manifesto

  • Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett - Changing the rules of how art is commissioned and experienced in places of low engagement - notes

Panel: How do our evaluation research methods influence learning?

Chair: Leila Jancovich

Panel: Sustaining long term work in communities

Chair:  Richard Erwin-Jones

In conversation: What is the relationship between risk and familiarity?

  • Patrick Fox and Karen Smith - On reflection: learning from Heart of Glass, St Helens

Workshop: How do we work better with disabled artists and communities?