June 2016

Business Planning - Making a Persuasive Case

Turning an idea into an opportunity means expressing it in a way that will persuade stakeholders - including you - that you’ve got all the bases covered. Time for a systematic plan. We’ll take a look at contents and structure of model business plans and show you how to add some personality to yours that will make people want to read it. This needn’t be a dry sequence of tasks so prepare to reveal your inner Dragon creative ways. You’ll also have the opportunity to read and deconstruct a genuine business plan which successfully secured financial support to launch a new business.

To reserve a place click Business Planning

When: 22 June 2016 / 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Where:Durham Dales Centre, Castle Gardens, Stanhope, DL13 2FJ

County Durham Cultural Partnership Conference 2016

Following the success of last year’s conference, we’re delighted to tell you about this year’s event which is for anyone interested in the development of the cultural and creative sector in the county.

If you represent an arts, cultural, heritage or educational organisation, a social enterprise or community initiative using arts for social benefit, a creative sector business or are an individual practitioner, then this event will be of interest to you.

The programme for an engaging, exciting and informative day has pretty much taken shape and the Chair of the Partnership, Roger Kelly, will be welcoming the following confirmed contributors:

Peter Stark OBE, former Director of Northern Arts and Professor in Cultural Policy and Management at Northumbria University in 2000, will shed light on the national context: Peter was a co-author of  ‘A Policy for the Arts and Culture in England: The Next Steps?’ published in February in advance of the publication of the Culture White Paper in March.

Mick Stephenson, creator of The Rose Window installation at November's Lumiere, will describe his creative practice and talk about how his community engagement work enables an exploration of place from a local perspective. Mick will also talk about how his current transnational work supports the notion of place-making.

Nick Malyan (Durham Community Arts Officer) and Jane Shaw (Durham Creatives) will host a discussion about how local artists work might create a perception of place and how this can potentially create oppounities for them.

Eileen Atkins will introduce the work of the Local Cultural Education Partnership through Culture Bridge North East, which is one of the 10 Arts Council England Bridge organisations across the country helping Arts Council England achieve its mission ‘great art and culture for everyone’. Eileen will describe how Culture Bridge North East works to achieve this goal by connecting children and young people, and schools and communities, with art and culture across the region.

We've case studies to share from those who've walked the talk: Tony Harrington of the Forge will talk about their work with young people, what we they do well, what they got wrong and what lessons they learnt and will discuss why schools commission artists and how The Forge supports them. Jane Whittaker of Bowes Museum and artist Celine Elliott will share the story of how they approached the task of creating young audiences for art and culture.

There will also be an opportunity to join workshops during the afternoon session. Topics covered will include:
•    Information about funding cultural activities for young people
•    A practical look at how practitioners and organisations can support young people and schools to achieve accreditation for their arts and culture engagement activities, including an overview of Arts Award and Artsmark.
•    Marketing arts and culture opportunities to schools and education providers with Sally Dixon of Beamish Museum. Sally will share initial findings from a research project recently commissioned by County Durham Museums Learning Network.

Last year's conference introduced research findings into how the county’s creative and cultural asset base can best be harnessed to the purpose of building a vision for the county. This year Roger Kelly will open the event by launching the strategy that emerged from this work and discuss how creators and consumers of the arts can contribute to and benefit from the strategy's implementation as it opens the way for new opportunities across the sector.

There’ll be lots of people to meet and opportunities to share and develop ideas about how we can make County Durham a culturally rich place to live and work so click the link here and join us at our conference.

When: 21 June 2016 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Where:Town Hall, Durham

Enterprise Opportunities in Industrial Heritage

The less industrialised Britain is, the more fascinating Durham’s internationally important industrial heritage becomes. There may be few nuggets left to dig from the ground but there are plenty to unearth in the archive: who knew (not me!) that Weardale’s spectacular fluorite deposits gave the world the word ‘fluorescence’? And are there any railway passengers crossing America or Argentina or Australia right now who know that the rails beneath them are set at a gauge first laid down in Willington?

There may not be silver in them thar fells any more (though there once was) but there are stories galore. In a globalised world, niche audiences are no longer small audiences so how can we capitalise on these tales? And what links with other sectors like food or nature tourism can create new opportunities?  

Join us at this FREE full day event to explore how we can shine a fluorescent light on how you can earn money from Durham’s rich industrial heritage. 

To resereve a place click Industrial Heritage

When: 16 June 2016 / 10:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Where:Durham Dales Centre, Castle Gardens, Stanhope, DL13 2FJ

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