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Council for Culture conference announced

11 October 2010

This year’s Council for Culture conference will take place on Saturday 27 November at Hautlieu School. It will include 3 guest speakers from different areas of the arts and heritage.

Announcing this year’s conference, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture Deputy James Reed said the event had 2 main purposes.

“First, we want to report back on a number of developments which were directly inspired by comments made at last year’s conference. The conference is the opportunity for us to take account of wider opinion and, in spite of the challenging financial times, there have been a number of very positive steps taken since the 2009 Council for Culture conference.

“Secondly, we want to look forward to specific areas of work led by 3 excellent speakers from the UK whose experience we hope will stimulate further discussion and debate,” he said.

Those speakers include urban designer Maggie Bolt, former Director of Public Art South West. She has worked with a range of organisations, including the public art think tank Ixia, and brings a wealth of experience to the commissioning of public art and bringing artists, architects and planners together. She will be talking about the way in which art can reinforce the identity of a place and discussing how to build on the progress made since the publication of the public art strategy last year.

A second speaker, Ruth Jones, will be discussing the way that young people can be encouraged to engage with the arts. She is a trainer for the Arts Award scheme, which gives formal recognition to young people with interests in the arts that can lie anywhere on the spectrum from rock music to stone carving. 

Among the projects she has been closely involved in is the establishment of the Football Arts Academy, a pilot project on which she worked with 4 English professional football teams to stimulate interest in film, photography and other arts projects through the medium of football.

A detailed programme for the conference, which will also include a keynote speaker on heritage, will be published ahead of the event which takes place 9.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday, 27 November at Hautlieu School. 

Admission is free but participants must register in advance, by contacting Rod McLoughlin via email or by phone on +44 (0) 1534 449285.

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