National seminar on cultural commissioning, Doncaster 11 June 2014

The purpose of the seminar organised by Arts Development UK was "to promote good practice and to focus cultural organisations on the potential of future commissioning practice in non-cultural sectors." This was day 2 of the seminars, with day 1 happening in London on the previous Friday

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  1. I attended thanks to sponsorship from The National Archives, with the aim of understanding how archives can work creatively with individuals & communities to tackle social issues and challenges, discover innovative practice to engage people and help deliver better health, wellbeing and stronger communities, and to develop networks to increase effectiveness in commissioning.  I'll be blogging in due course about how I put some of this into practice in my own setting at the University of Huddersfield Archives and in particular with our Heritage Lottery Fund/University funded project over the next three years (more on this on our blog library.hud.ac.uk/heritage).

    The day mixed keynote speakers followed by breakout sessions presenting some inspiring, thought-provoking, challenging and joyful case studies.
  2. [3 July 2014] The presentations are now online at  http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/cultural-commissioning-seminars/ 
  3. Linden Rowley started the day with her perspective as a consultant who was worked extensively with the cultural sector and with public service commissioners.
  4. PIcking up the other side of the coin, Paul McGarry spoke about the experience in public health in Manchester from a local authority perspective, focussing on the older peoples agenda.
  5. Breakouts followed - I first went to "the relationship between high artistic and cultural quality and the delivery of good public service outcomes", delivered by Jenny Peevers of Creative Health Community Interest Company, and by Toby Lowe Helix Arts.
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