Blackpool Peer Learning Event 15/16 October

The ‘Transported’ CP&P lead consortium are travelling to Blackpool to attend a Peer Learning Event with the other 6 successful regions.   It’s going to be a great opportunity to find out about the other projects as well as areas where we can all work together:

Creative people and places: peer learning event


15th – 16th Oct 2012, Winter Gardens Blackpool 


  • Inspiration and reflection– ensuring great art happens and raising ambitions, inspiring communities to take ownership
  • Information exchange – regarding evaluation, data collection and audience trends, commissioning artists etc.
  • Networking – consortia to meet each other, join up and learn from each other; establish the national peer support programme


Monday 15th Oct

10:30 -11                     Arrival and registration

11 – 11:40                   Introductions

11:45-12:45                 Keynote: John McGrath, National Theatre of Wales

12:45-13:45                 Lunch

13:45-15:00                 Places presentations (up to 7 mins each)

15:00-15:15                 Break

15:15 – 16:45              Community engagement and arts practice

Edward Andersson from Involve on methods of participatory decision making. Tom Andrews from People United on the successes and challenges of running community-focused arts initiatives that can bring about social change. Matt Adams from Blas Theory will talk about the company’s innovative digital participation projects

16:45                           Break and discussions in places as below

16:45-17:15                 How does it apply to us?

Discussion in each consortium – main points applicable to local context; feedback to the group

17:15 – 17:30              Closing

19:00                           Dinner

20:30                           Evening activity: visit to Blackpool Tower

 Tuesday 16th Oct

9:30 -10:00                  Arrival

10:00- 11:15                Roundtable discussions across places (two sessions per group)


  • Designing your arts programme and commissioning artists
  • Community engagement
  • Sustainability including income generation
  • Evaluation and working with universities

11:15-12:15                Understanding your audience

Anne Torreggiani and Helen Ball from The Audience Agency about current audience trends and how the Agency can support the places

12:15-12:30                Break

12:30-13:30                Evaluation

Arts Council & consultant Scott Dickinson will lead a discussion on the evaluation plans for the whole programme and the involvement required from the places

13:30-14:15                Lunch

14:15-15:45                Interactive communications workshop

With Louise Wylie, Arts Council’s Media Relations Director

15:45-16:15                Peer-learning programme

Planning for delivery, outlining possible areas to explore and agreeing next steps:

  • Research / data collection
  • Excellence in arts
  • Excellence in community engagement
  • Sustainability
  • Working in partnerships and across sectors
  • Communications and documentation

16:15-16:30                Reflections, next steps, closing

16:30                             End