Creative Network

In March, Voluntary Arts launched #CreativeNetwork - a series of online get-togethers open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity in order to connect and collaborate in unusual times. Facilitating these conversations has enabled people from across the UK and Ireland to talk with others, develop ideas and projects, and find sustainable ways forward in changing circumstances.

After more than 100 inspiring sessions since 17 March, we have started to develop successful themed sessions that take place monthly. We'll be continuing these for the foreseeable future and invite anyone interested in these topics to join a session. We will still also be hosting more open 'peer support' sessions, allowing people to raise other topics they'd like to discuss, but we don't intend to run a session every weekday anymore. Each week will still have plenty of discussions open to anyone to join - see what's coming up below. 

Most sessions take place via Zoom between 9:30am and 10:30am, but other times will be marked clearly. Join any session by clicking the 'Join' link below.

Wednesday 25 November 

#CreativeNetwork - West Midlands

Open conversation around issues and findings highlighted in our Common Ground - Rewilding the Garden report


Thursday 26 November

#CreativeNetwork - London 

Theme: Partnership Innovation: where to start?

Guest speaker:  Sandra Evans, founder of Community Bridges




Wednesday 2 December

#CreativeNetwork - Coventry


Thursday 3 December

#CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales

Looking Ahead. As this turbulent year draws to a close, what can we learn and build on in 2021?


If you have any additional accessibility requirements for Zoom meetings, please contact us at [email protected] in advance and we will do our best to make sessions inclusive for everyone.

Regular sessions

#CreativeNetwork - Children & Young People - Next session: Monday 7 December (6pm)

#CreativeNetwork - Crafts - Next session: Friday 8 January 2021

#CreativeNetwork - Coventry - Next session: Wednesday 2 December

#CreativeNetwork - Dance - Next session: Wednesday 9 December

#CreativeNetwork - Devon - Next session: Friday 18 December 

#CreativeNetwork - Disability Arts - Next session: Thursday 10 December (11am)

#CreativeNetwork - Ireland - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales - Next session: Thursday 3 December

#CreativeNetwork - London - Next session: Thursday 26 November

#CreativeNetwork - Open Peer Support - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Participatory Arts - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Science & Art - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - South East - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Spaces - Next session: Thursday 10 December

#CreativeNetwork - Theatre - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Wellbeing - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - West Midlands - Next session: Wednesday 25 November

#CreativeNetwork - West Yorkshire - Next session: TBC


The sessions above are particular areas of focus that we have embarked on recently, either because of local capacity or specific skills and interests. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every location or art form, but we hope there is something that interests everyone. We will continue to host open sessions for wider discussions so do check the weekly schedule above for details.

#CreativeNetwork Clips

See clips of previous guests on the #CreativeNetwork on our YouTube playlist, including Darren Henley (Arts Council England), Baroness Deborah Bull (Kings College London), Hilary Carty (Clore Leadership), Nick Capaldi (Arts Council Wales), Gary Cameron (Creative Scotland) and Baroness Beeban Kidron (5Rights).

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