Creative Network

In March, Voluntary Arts launched #CreativeNetwork - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity in response to the effects of the pandemic and the lockdown. Facilitating these conversations has enabled people from across the UK and Ireland to connect with others, develop ideas and projects and find sustainable ways forward in changing circumstances.

Each weekday morning we meet each other via Zoom between 9:30am and 10:30am. Join any session by clicking the 'Join' link below.

Monday 6 July

#CreativeNetwork - West Midlands

What is West Midlands Culture? How do we use our new Creative Network to express and expand it?

Tuesday 7 July

#CreativeNetwork - Digital Skills

Want to know how to make a video, podcast or Facebook banner? Join us for a chat about how to make digital content at home.

Wednesday 8 July

#CreativeNetwork - Theatre

How have professional and amateur theatre-makers adapted participatory practices during lock-down?

Guests: Steph Meskell-Broken, Minerva Threatre and National Association of Youth Theatres
Dale Freeman, National Operatic and Dramatic Association 
Ian Wainwright, Royal Shakespeare Company

Thursday 9 July

#CreativeNetwork - Performing Arts

Are socially distant performances sustainable?

Barbara Eifler, Making Music
Joe Frankland, PRS Foundation

Friday 10 July

#CreativeNetwork - Recovery, Renewal, Resilience

What are the priorities for supporting the future cultural ecology? 

Guest: tbc



Monday 13 July

#CreativeNetwork - Children and Young People

Tuesday 14 July

#CreativeNetwork - Ireland

Wednesday 15 July 

#CreativeNetwork - Local Leadership

Thursday 16 July

#CreativeNetwork - West Yorkshire

Friday 17 July

#CreativeNetwork - Devon


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.


Feel free to keep up the conversation by joining @voluntaryarts on social media and using #CreativeNetwork to share your thoughts. We've also made a Facebook group to sustain the conversation.

#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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