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State of Play conference: how arts and education can collaborate

  • Date: 31 May 2012
  • Area: South East
Image courtesy of New Writing South

Image courtesy of New Writing South.

A new arts and education conference set in Brighton this June offers educators and the arts and cultural sector a chance to discuss how they can work together to create a shared, sustainable future.

The conference, called State of Play, is organised by Culture Shift, and writing development organisation New Writing South, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, and it will take place on Tuesday 19 June 2012 at The Old Market.

State of Play promises a day of lively dialogue, activity and insight into the current thinking around arts and learning. It mixes big ideas, with policy updates and the opportunity to work with colleagues across arts and education to understand the challenges and explore opportunities.

The Culture Shift team bring their many years of expertise in running the Creative Partnerships (CP) in Sussex and Surrey to inform this much-needed conference that addresses the serious issues facing schools, teachers, creative practitioners, youth workers and others working in the cultural education field.

Keynote speakers include Jane Bryant from Artswork, who has recently taken on the role as the Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for the South East. Jane will be sharing her organisation’s latest work and its implications for the sector alongside Peter Chivers, Director of Music and Arts at Brighton & Hove City Council, who has recently been named a successful applicant for the Arts Council England Music education hub programme.

Bill Lucas, co-founder and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and the Expansive Education Network at the University of Winchester, will be posing the questions: What can arts professionals learn from learning sciences? What do we know about the most effective ways to cultivate creativity?

Jane Bryant, Chief Executive of Artswork, said, ‘This is a very timely conference and will undoubtedly ensure that we are up to date with recent development in arts and cultural education and will facilitate as well as inspire us all to seek to work in new ways.’

Afternoon workshops will see series of challenges for the arts presented by colleagues working across early years, youth sector, primary and secondary education, careers and progression, Arts Award and Artsmark. Confirmed workshop leads for the afternoon are as follow:

•    Headteacher, Rye College for the Arts and Enterprise
•    Deputy Head, Westdene Primary School, Brighton & Hove (a new teaching school)
•    Senior Children’s Centre Early Years teacher, East Sussex County Council
•    CEO, Brighton Youth Centre
•    Social Worker, Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Team
•    Creative & Cultural Skills
•    chances4change Big Lottery Wellbeing programme for the South East
•    Artsmark and Arts Award representatives

Catherine Orbach, Co-director, of Culture Shift said, ‘This event is a response to the significant change brought about by cuts, changes in policy and new ways of working. We aim to bring people together for fruitful conversations that cross art form, cross sectors and inform new thinking.’

State of Play takes place on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 10.30am - 4.30pm at The Old Market, 11A Upper Market Street, Brighton BN3 1AS. Tickets are £55 including lunch and can be purchased from the New Writing South website: