Cultural Playing Field

Arts Development UK Professional Development Working Party meeting by Robin Simpson
August 8, 2013, 4:25 pm
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I was in London on Thursday to take part in a meeting of the Arts Development UK Professional Development Working Party. This group oversees AD:uk’s professional development programme, its national seminar programme and the annual AD:uk conference. The 2013 AD:uk Conference takes place on 28 & 29 November in the new Birmingham Library and Birmingham Rep Studio Theatre. I will be speaking in a session looking at how the amateur arts might change over the next 20 years. Digital engagement with the arts, arts activities emanating from (and being organised through) online social networks, the changing nature of communities and culture, the effects of recession and austerity measures are all influencing how people engage with the arts in their everyday lives. In my conference session I will be discussing how we can best support amateur arts groups through this period of change and how the amateur arts could play more of an integral role in initiatives to increase engagement in the arts and to develop communities. At Thursday’s meeting we also talked about how to encourage AD:uk members to get involved in Voluntary Arts Week 2014 and the possibility of running a session in the 2014 AD:uk conference to allow local authority arts development officers from the UK to learn from the experiences of their counterparts in Flanders and the Netherlands in relation to developing their involvement in Voluntary Arts Week.
Robin Simpson.


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