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Cultural Commissioning National Seminars, June 2014

May 09, 2014 by James Mullarkey

These seminars bring together arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners to explore ways in which they can deliver effective public service outcomes.

by James Mullarkey last modified May 09, 2014 11:54 AM

Public services: the value of cultural commissioning

Are you an arts or cultural organisation looking to engage in public service commissioning or are you a public service commissioner looking for innovative providers who can deliver better outcomes for users and communities?

The public service landscape has changed – services are increasingly delivered through commissioning, and commissioners are looking for improved outcomes. At the same time, as traditional sources of grant aid diminish, many arts and cultural organisations are looking to use creative and cultural approaches to deliver public service commissions and to develop alternative income sources.

The Cultural Commissioning Programme's national seminars brings together arts and cultural organisations, and public service commissioners, to explore ways in which the arts and cultural sector can deliver effective public service outcomes. We will also launch our research report into cultural commissioning, including findings on the social value of arts and cultural provision.

About the seminars

This series of two national seminars bring together arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners to explore ways in which arts and culture can deliver effective public service outcomes. Whether you are from the arts and cultural sector, or are a commissioner, they will help you:

  • understand how arts and cultural organisations can work creatively with individuals and communities to tackle social issues and challenges
  • discover innovative artistic and cultural practice which engages people, and helps deliver better health, wellbeing and stronger communities 
  • develop networks to increase your effectiveness in cultural commissioning for better outcomes.

The seminars feature:

  • keynote speeches by leaders in the arts and cultural sector and in strategic commissioning
  • practical examples of commissioning cultural programmes to deliver better outcomes in mental health and wellbeing, older people, places and communities
  • peer-to-peer learning on cross-cutting issues, including: collaborative working; demonstrating impact; engaging users in service design; relationship between high artistic / cultural quality and public service delivery.  

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Vikki Haywood, Chair of the RSA
  • Carole Wood, Director of Public Health, Gateshead Council 
  • Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Public Health Manchester
  • Linden Rowley, Consultant
  • Sally Bagwell, NPC Research

Book now

Friday 6 June 2014: Camden Centre, London

Tuesday 10 June 2014: Cast, Doncaster

Both seminars run from 9.30-5 with a series of breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Download the booking form (2.2 MB PDF) to secure your place. You can also find out more from the Arts Development UK website..