Skip to main content

News and Press

Annual Forum 2021: programme

Shifting Cultures: Reframing the future with the North East’s independent creative workforce

North East Culture Partnership Annual Forum programme

View the delegate pack, including programme, schedule and speaker biographies

View the text-only delegate pack

Friday 29 January 2021

SESSION 1 10:30am – 11:30am

Welcome: 10:30am – 10:45am

Join NECP co-chair Jane Robinson and Board Member Hannabiell Sanders for a warm welcome to Shifting Cultures, which will include important information about how you can participate throughout the day.

Adapt, Respond, Reach and Impact
Keynote Conversation: 10:45am – 11:30am

Join Vici Wreford Sinnott (Artistic Director, Little Cog) & actor Melissa Johns (LIFE & Coronation Street) for a conversation exploring questions including:

  • How have you adapted and responded, and what now feels possible that didn’t feel within reach a year ago?
  • What does this mean for the future? 

Chaired by Rowan Brown (Chief Executive, Museums Northumberland, and NECP Board Member).

Break, Explore, Take Part: 11:30am – 12pm

During the break, you are invited to explore the work of the many artists and speakers who are involved throughout the day. Links to artist content online will be shared with you ahead of the event to view in your own time. You will also be encouraged to use this break to add your own ideas and thoughts about the shifting cultures you want to make in your own practice to a collective document that will grow throughout the day.

SESSION 2 12pm – 12:45pm

Conditions for Sustaining a Creative Practice (during and post-pandemic)

Artist Panel

Chaired by Mariam Rezaei, this artist panel will bring together 4 North East artists working across different disciplines for a panel discussion. Confirmed panellists are Patrick Ziza, Nadia Iftkhar, Jayne Dent/Me Lost Me and Lisette Auton. The panel will be discussing how their practice has adapted in light of the events of 2020, exploring:

  • What are the best conditions for sustaining a creative practice during and post-pandemic? 
  • What has changed in your artistic practice, and how can organisations create the best conditions to continue to support your evolving practice? 

BREAK: 12:45pm – 1pm

SESSION 3 1pm-2pm

Long Table Lunch: What have we learnt from 2020, and what are we taking forward?

Small-Group conversations

Join a group discussion while enjoying your lunch with a small group of other attendees. Each group will be considering “what have we learnt from 2020, and what are we taking forward?” from a range of different perspectives.

Each discussion group has at least one host who will ensure the conversations get going!

The topics and hosts are:

    • Recruitment, opportunity, fair pay: Hosted by Rebecca Ball, Sunderland Culture
    • Community building: Hosted by Phil Douglas, Curious Arts and WTF Network
    • Stabilisation, Survival and Growth: Hosted by Hannah Matterson, Generator
    • Reports and the role of the Freelancers Task Force: Karen Traynor, Freelance Task Force North East Representative
    • Culture of Workforce: Hosted by Leila d’Aronville, Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers
    • Governance Structures: Hosted by Mark Robinson Thinking Practice, and Jo Cundall, Community Foundation
    • Anti-Racism: Host TBC
    • Climate Emergency: Hosted by Stella Hall, Festival of Thrift
    • Higher Education and Independent Creatives: Hosted by Julie Crawshaw and Steve Gilroy, Northumbria University Department of Arts

Please note, when you register for the day, you will have the option to select one of these conversations in addition to your full-day registration.  Spaces in each group are limited to 10.

Break, Explore, Take Part 2pm – 2:30pm

During the break, you are invited to explore the work of the many artists and speakers who are involved throughout the day. Links to artist content online will be shared with you ahead of the event to view in your own time. You will also be encouraged to use this break to add your own ideas and thoughts about the shifting cultures you want to make in your own practice to a collective document that will grow throughout the day.

SESSION 4: 2:30pm-3:30pm 

Leadership in the Independent Sector

We begin our 2.30pm panel Leadership in the Independent Sector with a provocation from Anand Bhatt, Artistic Director and CEO of Dance City on “Leadership in the Context of a Changing Landscape.”

Panel Discussion
Speakers from across the North East independent sector will come together for a panel discussion exploring what leadership in the sector can look like. Chaired by Jill Cole (Director Northern Heartlands and NECP Board Member) we’ll look at how we can work together to create the conditions where independent leadership can develop and thrive.

Confirmed panellists include Leila D’Aronville (Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers), Martin Hylton (Gateway Studio Project), Nick Malyan (Empty Shop), Andrea Carter (D6: Culture in Transit) and Stella Hall (Festival of Thrift).

Responses and Reflections: 3:30pm – 3:45pm

NECP co-chair Jane Robinson and Board Member Hannabiell Sanders will close the forum with reflections from the day, focusing on NECP’s role in taking ideas and actions forward. Participants will also be invited to share their responses and comments from the forum.

Shifting Cultures Social: 3:45pm – 4:30pm

From 3:45pm, join us in the virtual bar for an end of day informal social. Continue your conversations, and meet fellow forum participants, in our open Zoom room. This is a relaxed space to unwind and chat following the day’s active programme.

Events will run online between 10:30am and 3:45pm (and will be followed by a social on Zoom, 3:45pm-4:30pm)

Events will be BSL interpreted.

Tickets are free but numbers are limited, so reserve your place by clicking here

Latest from Twitter

Back to top