Doses Of Inspiration

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse is hosting a series of five events: Doses Of Inspiration on Fridays at 4pm.

These events are open to everyone – all are welcome.  We can promise you an hour of innovative ideas, good company and a free glass of wine. What better way to round off your week than with a dose of inspiration?

Afterwards, feel free to keep chatting in the bar; you could also check out the Errol Flynn Filmhouse film programme , see a show at Royal & Derngate or pop into NN Contemporary Art’s latest show, Mladen Miljanovic: The Garden Of Delights.

Book your place by calling Box Office on 01604 624811.

Friday 26 September 4pm
Art for artists or for audiences? 

Chris Goode is a writer, director, performer and musician and lead artist for Chris Goode & Company. He has been described as “one of the most exciting talents working in Britain today” (The Guardian).

Chris will be challenging us to think about why artists make work and who they make it for. Are we making art for artists or art for audiences? How do we make work in ways that are both experimental and at the same time accessible and inclusive for audiences?  What’s the role of the artist in society today and how do artists help us to see the world around us a bit differently?

Chris Goode and Company make theatre by creating welcoming spaces and interesting structures in which something something unexpected to happen. Their principal aim is to make space for unheard voices, talking to ordinary people about their lives, and using their words; and involving people who perhaps don’t think of themselves as artists.

The new production of Chris’s 2006 hit show, Longwave, is on tour throughout Autumn 2014, in partnership with house, opening on 25 September at South Street Reading.

 Friday 3 October 4pm
Social Investment Explained 

Nandini Das and Mike Niedzwiecki from Social Investment Business will tell us why social investment is a good investment. Find out about social investment, whether it is right for your organisation, how it could help and how to start the journey towards your first investment.

You can also learn more about Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund delivering approximately £10m of grant funding over three years. The aim of Big Potential is to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of eligible Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations to deliver greater social impact.

Interest in social investment is growing: there is less money available and there is bigger demand for the grants that are still available from government, donations or charitable trusts. Social investment can help to address the decreasing resources available by attracting money from new sources. Join us to hear more about how you can get involved and benefit from a range of new finance solutions to help you to grow.

Social Investment Business aims to bring finance, knowledge and expertise to help civic society organisations to thrive.

Friday 10 October 4pm
Cultural Commissioning: Innovating for better outcomes

The NCVO Cultural Commissioning Programme, funded by Arts Council, is working to strengthen the environment for cultural commissioning.  The continuing squeeze on public sector budgets and pressure on services, coupled with major demographic changes, means that the need for local innovation is growing.

A programme of support is now being launched to help arts and cultural organisations engage with public service commissioning and diversify their income.  From 2014 to 2016, they will work with arts and cultural organisations, and with commissioners, to build knowledge, skills and understanding, and to bring these sectors together. Project Manager, Jessica Harris, will tell you how to get involved and make the most of these new opportunities.

Commissioning is increasingly a central part of the approach to redesigning council and partner services because it offers a means of joining up resources to focus on improving outcomes for individuals and communities.  The challenge is how to position the cultural sector so that the contribution it makes to the wider corporate agenda is universally acknowledged and interventions are shaped locally to deliver outcomes that support commissioner’s priorities.

Jessica has worked in the independent arts sector, in local government and for national bodies, including MLA and Arts Council England.

Friday 17 October 4pm
Creative Industries Federation: cultural and creative talent in a common cause 

John Kampfer is Director of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), the new national body for arts culture and creative industries in the UK, launching this autumn. CIF, the brainchild of Sir John Sorrell and other senior figures in the cultural and creative industries, aims to find a way of giving the sector a stronger and more unified voice.

Find out more about how to get involved and how to influence its work in pursuing effective advocacy, rigorous research and encouraging effective collaborations.

The creative industries have grown at three times the rate of the economy since 2008. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills identifies 11 key sectors for growth, but not the creative industries. In government policies, in the education system and in the way we run our companies, CIF intends to make sure that we make the most of our natural advantage. CIF was founded to enable the creative sector to speak with one voice so that government can focus on its needs and one of its first campaigns is to show how critical the visual and performing arts are for a rounded education. Science, technology, engineering and maths are important, but underpowered without the arts.

Independent of government, representing all sectors, and bridging private and public, CIF is a membership organisation that represents the views of the UK’s creative industries, while challenging the sector to stay ahead of the international competition. Find out more about how to get involved and how to influence its work in pursuing effective advocacy, rigorous research and encouraging effective collaborations across the large and smaller organisations in the creative landscape.

John Kampfer is an author, broadcaster and commentator and also Chair of Turner Contemporary.

Friday 24 October 4pm
The Art of Living Dangerously

Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice will talk about ideas arising from this collaboration between Mission Models Money, new economics foundation and Exchange, a group of Tyneside-based performing arts organisations. They looked at three inter-linked issues: the role of arts and culture within sustainable economic development; how artists and creative practitioners can contribute to sustainable development and how artists and creative practitioners might achieve sustainable livelihoods.

Mark and his co-authors identified three key areas:

– Practising Livelihoods: Artists coming together to critically reflect on how they create and maintain livelihoods.

– Pooling Risk: Ways for artists and creative practitioners to share the risks of new financial, operational and creative models

– Utilising Space: Ways for artists and creative practitioners to access, animate and use unused space in towns and cities

Mark will also reflect on how this might connect to efforts to increase cultural participation.

Mark founded Thinking Practice in 2010. He is the author of the influential papers Making Adaptive Resilience Real, and of The Role of Diversity in Building Adaptive Resilience (with Tony Nwachukwu). Other publications include 6 Degrees of Connection (f2014 or Tyneside Cinema, a poem/prose mixture on youth engagement) and The Art of Living Dangerously (Mission Models Money, 2014, with co-authors.)

Presented by the Strategic Arts Network and supported by Arts Council England.


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