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.

Date
Discussion
Link
Monday 28 September

---- No Session ---

 
Tuesday 29 September

#CreativeNetwork - Dance

Theme: 'Dance and wellbeing' with guests Scottish Ballet

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Wednesday 30 September

---- No Session ---

Thursday 1 October

#CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales

Theme: Restarting arts activity in Wales

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Friday 2 October

#CreativeNetwork - Crafts

Theme: Turning your craft hobby into a business with guests Molly Plummer from The Mimo Yarn Company and Cass Barron from Bookbinding with Cass

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Wednesday 7 October

#CreativeNetwork - Coventry,

Theme: Creativity & Mental Health

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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 12 October

#CreativeNetwork - Crafts - Next session: Friday 2 October

#CreativeNetwork - Coventry - Next session: Wednesday 7 October

#CreativeNetwork - Dance - Next session: Wednesday 28 October

#CreativeNetwork - Devon - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Arts & Disability - Next session: Thursday 22 October

#CreativeNetwork - Ireland - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales - Next session: Thursday 1 October

#CreativeNetwork - Local Leadership - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - London - Next session: Thursday 29 October

#CreativeNetwork - Open Peer Support - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Participatory Arts - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - Science & Art - Next session: Tuesday 13 October

#CreativeNetwork - South East - Next session: Thursday 15 October

#CreativeNetwork - Spaces - Next session: Tuesday 20 October

#CreativeNetwork - Theatre - Next session: Wednesday 14 October (10am)

#CreativeNetwork - Wellbeing - Next session: TBC

#CreativeNetwork - West Midlands - Next session: TBC

#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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