Cultural Playing Field

ACE Amateur Arts Forum meeting by Robin Simpson
December 17, 2009, 10:37 pm
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I was in London on Thursday for the third Arts Council England Amateur Arts Forum meeting. Representatives of voluntary arts umbrella bodies covering theatre, dance and literature were joined by the three ACE Artform Directors for those disciplines to discuss a range of issues including the development of ACE’s new 10-year National Arts Strategy, the ACE National Engagement Campaign and the viability of small venues for voluntary arts activity. We were also joined by Leonie Sakey, ACE’s Vision 2012 Project Manager, to talk about opportunities for amateur arts groups in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Deborah Shaw from the Royal Shakespeare Company provided an update on our work on the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival. This was the end of the first year of the Amateur Arts Forum meetings: they have all been extremely interesting and positive occasions and have allowed ACE and our umbrella bodies to air a range of current issues and learn more about each other’s work. In planning next year’s programme of Amateur Arts Forum meetings our challenge is now to focus on beginning to try to solve some of these issues and develop more tangible ways in which ACE can interact effectively with the amateur arts sector on a day-to-day basis.

Robin Simpson.

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