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Public Engagement and Impact: Articulating Value in Art and Design

23 May 2013

In 2010 The Work Foundation published a report entitled A Creative Block? The Future of the UK Creative Industries, which stated, "the UK creative industries are now under threat from a combination of recession-induced cuts, [and] the global trends towards convergence and digitalization", adding that, "unless acted upon quickly, there will be a block to the UK creative industries as a driver of growth and innovation" (Dr Benjamin Reid and Alexandra Albert, The Work Foundation, December 2010).

Successive Arts Council policy goals have underlined the importance of greater public engagement and collaboration, with a view to attracting and inspiring new audiences and ensuring the arts are "sustainable, resilient and innovative" (Achieving Great Art for Everyone, A Strategic Framework for the Arts, Arts Council England, November 2010). It was further observed in 2010 in an AHRC/ESRC report to the DCMS entitled Measuring the Value of Culture, that due to the "cooler climate" facing cultural and arts organisations, central government and parts of the publically funded cultural sector have recognised the need to "more clearly articulate the value of culture using methods which fit in with central government's decision-making' strategies" (Measuring the Value of Culture: A Report to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Dr. Dave O'Brien, 2010).

In light of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework these complexities are now being addressed with renewed vigour for UK art and design HE institutions. This symposium explores the social, cultural and political challenges around measuring public engagement in relation to evidencing impact, and the implications of this for those working in Higher Education and Museum/Gallery sectors.

For tickets, please book via the University of Huddersfield website.

Symposium Programme

11am
Arrival and registration (ROTOR film-screening - cinema)

11.30am
Welcome, Professor Steve Swindells and Dr Anna Powell, University of Huddersfield

11.40am
Speaker 1: Dr Claire Donovan, Reader in Assessing Research Impact, Brunel University

12.05pm
Speaker 2: Dr Sarah Shalgosky, curator of the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, and Professor Stephanie James, Associate Dean/Head of the School of Visual Arts at Arts University College at Bournemouth

12.30pm
Speaker 3: Bob and Roberta Smith, contemporary artist

1pm
Plenary 1 - Creative Feedback*

1.30pm
Lunch break (ROTOR film-screening - studio)

2.10pm
Welcome back

2.15pm
Speaker 4: Dr Helen Pheby, Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Peter Murray CBE, Founding and Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2.40pm
Speaker 5: Paul Manners, Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol

3.05pm
Speaker 6: Dr Rosa Scoble, Deputy Director of Planning, Research and Resources at Brunel University

3.30pm
Plenary 2 - Developing a Visual Narrative**

4pm
Refreshment break

4.15pm
Speaker 7: Ailbhe McNabola, Associate Director of Policy & Research at the Design Council

4.40pm
Speaker 8: Jocelyn Bailey, Head of Manufacturing Design and Innovation Policy, Policy Connect

5.05pm
Final plenary - summary and feedback, review of the day's discussion topics and responses

5.35pm
Close 

*Plenary 1 - Creative Feedback:
This plenary encourages hands-on, creative responses to the ideas, questions and issues in discussion at the symposium. Utilising placards, banners and slogans, participants will work in small groups to create textbased artworks inspired by the themes of the day, presenting visually what they consider to be the most significant outcomes of the day’s talks. The outcomes of this workshop will be displayed throughout the day in the ICA’s studio space, enabling symposium attendees to view and, in turn, respond to a vibrant review of the symposium.

** Plenary 2 - Developing a Visual Narrative:
In this plenary delegates will be asked to add their ideas and opinions about the event’s discussion topics to a large-scale, wall-mounted mind map outside of the cinema space. Participants will be provided with colour-coded sticky-notes and pens, and will be asked to add text or image comments within the construction of the map. This will help to create a visual narrative that will expand and develop throughout the day. 

This symposium is in partnership with the University of Huddersfield

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