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Creative People and Places: South East Northumberland by Robin Simpson
February 21, 2013, 3:53 pm
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On Thursday afternoon I met Keith Merrin from the South East Northumberland Creative People and Places consortium. We talked about the challenge of mapping existing amateur arts organisations and how to measure the impact of the Creative People and Places programme on the amateur arts sector. We also discussed the potential use of the Up for Arts model and brand within Creative People and Places.

Robin Simpson.

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Creative People and Places: Doncaster by Robin Simpson
February 21, 2013, 3:50 pm
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On Tuesday I was at The Point in Doncaster for a meeting with the Doncaster Creative People and Places consortium. Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network is one of the three core members of the consortium so there is already a strong degree of involvement of local amateur arts groups in the ‘Right Up Our Street’ programme. We talked about how to persuade other amateur groups to respond to the challenge to increase engagement in the arts in Doncaster over the next three years.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 18 February 2013 by Robin Simpson
February 21, 2013, 3:18 pm
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On Monday I hosted Running Your Group Weekly which featured two Epic Award winners – Liz Stone from the Welsh Basket Makers South Wales Group who joined Daniel in our Cardiff office and Sarah MacLean from Barra Bunting who spoke to us live from Barra. It was great to hear more about the stories of these amazing projects and to learn how Liz and Sarah first got involved in their craft activities. Both were also able to show us some examples of the willow weaving and bunting created by their award-winning projects. You can watch our discussions at http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us there next Monday at 5 pm for another Running Your Group Weekly video webcast.

Robin Simpson.



Luminate Festival Strategy Group meeting by Robin Simpson
February 15, 2013, 11:32 am
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On Tuesday I was in Edinburgh for a meeting of the Luminate Festival Strategy Group at Creative Scotland. The second Luminate Festival (Scotland’s creative ageing festival) will take place in October 2013. On Tuesday we looked at the evaluation of the inaugural festival undertaken by BOP Consulting, considered recommendations on the future governance structure for the festival from Arts & Business Scotland, and discussed the latest plans for the 2013 festival. See: http://www.luminatescotland.org/

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 11 February 2013 by Robin Simpson
February 15, 2013, 11:01 am
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On Monday I hosted Running Your Group Weekly. Kevin and I were joined by Irene Heathcote from Quilts 4 London – the winners of the 2013 England Epic Award. Irene told us how a simple idea to make gifts for the athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games developed into a massive project that involved thousands of people across the UK (and Australia!) with Irene’s postman making four deliveries a day as the pennants rolled in. You can watch our conversation with Irene at http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us there next Monday at 5 pm for another Running Your Group Weekly video webcast.

Robin Simpson.



Understanding Everyday Participation by Robin Simpson
February 7, 2013, 3:10 pm
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I was in London on Tuesday to meet Catherine Bunting for an update on the Understanding Everyday Participation research project. We talked about how the lack of progress against the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s public service agreement (PSA) target to raise the levels of participation in the arts had inspired the development of the Participation Manifesto (a partnership between Voluntary Arts, the National Campaign for the Arts, the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers and others), the creation of the original Up for Arts project in 2007 and the commissioning of the Our Creative Talent research in 2008. We looked at how these three initiatives had eventually led to the development of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme and how the Up for Arts project model developed by Voluntary Arts might contribute both to Creative People and Places and to the Understanding Everyday Participation project.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 4 February 2013 by Robin Simpson
February 7, 2013, 1:42 pm
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On Monday I hosted Running Your Group Weekly. Daniel, Kevin and I were joined by Niall Bogue from Project St Patrick in Fermanagh – the winners of the 2013 Ireland Epic Award and the Peer Award for Excellence. Niall told us about the casual conversation over a few drinks which led to the development of a new kind of St Patrick’s Day Parade involving 500 participants and an audience of 14,000 people. He explained how this massive undertaking is still managed by a committee of nine volunteers and described their eclectic approach to making the St Patrick’s Day celebrations a truly cross-community event. You can watch our conversation with Niall at http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us there next Monday at 5 pm for another Running Your Group Weekly video webcast.

Robin Simpson.