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8.00 - 9.00am
Registration and coffee
9.00 - 9.10amWelcome address
9.10 - 10.20amKeynote presentation: 'To be realists we must first be visionaries'
What is the vision for the arts beyond the cuts? (Part 1)
10.20 - 11.20amKeynote panel discussion: 'To be realists we must first be visionaries'
What is the vision for the arts beyond the cuts? (Part 2)
11.20 - 12.00am
Coffee break
12.00 - 1.00pmMorning: Parallel panels
Panel A: Where are the new audiences?
Panel B: Reimagining artistic innovation
Panel C: Making the arts more resilient
1.00 - 2.00pmLunch
2.00 - 3.00pm
Cultural question time
3.00 - 4.00pmAfternoon: Parallel panels
Panel D: Rethinking cultural philanthropy
Panel E: Should the arts lead the Big Society?
Panel F: Are the arts complacent about talent and diversity?
4.00 - 4.30pm
Coffee break
4.30 - 5.45pm
Keynote panel discussion: What needs to change?
5.45 - 6.00pm
Closing remarks
6.00 - 7.30pmDrinks reception

Welcome address

Speakers: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA and Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Keynote presentation: 'To be realists we must first be visionaries'

What is the vision for the arts beyond the cuts? (Part 1)

Opening remarks by Dame Liz Forgan, Chair, Arts Council England
Keynote speaker: Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

What is the vision for the arts beyond the cuts? (Part 2)

Chair: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
Speakers:
Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery
Deborah Bull, Creative director, ROH2
Ekow Eshun, Writer and broadcaster
Phil Redmond, Creative Director, Liverpool Culture Company

Panel A: Where are the new audiences?

For some time now the 'supply side push' model of building cultural participation / new audiences has been under question, and we have begun to think much more deeply about how we build people's appetite for artistic experiences – as audience members, participants and producers. The Arts Council has strengthened its commitment to tackling 'cold spots’ of non-engagement in its recent 10-year framework, Achieving great art for everyone. So is it time to start putting less money into punting supply-led creative experiences? Do we need to a different approach to  investment, that provides fertile ground for a wider range of cultural expressions? What might be lost in the process, and is that a cost worth paying?

Chair: Andrew Nairne, Executive Director, Arts, Arts Council England
Speakers:
Tabitha Jackson
, Commissioning editor, Arts, Channel 4
Melanie Howard, Chair and co-founder, The Future Foundation
Marcus Romer, Artistic director, Pilot Theatre
Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive, Peterborough Council

Panel B: Reimagining artistic innovation

The ways that artists create and share new work are multiplying and changing at breakneck speed. Traditional notions of ‘the new’ and innovation are challenged by this, but it’s all too easy for the debate to focus on how art is made and produced, rather than the art itself. This session is about the nature and role of innovation in art, and about the ways in which artists keep their work alive and contemporary. Is new work the same as innovative work? What does it mean for art to be relevant to our times and is this intrinsic to innovation? The panel will present their own experiences of artistic innovation and open up a discussion about what it means in the arts today.

Chair: Razia Iqbal, Special correspondent, BBC
Speakers:
Alex Farquharson, Director, Nottingham Contemporary
Peter Gregson, Cellist and composer
Emma Gladstone, Producer, Sadlers Wells
Andy Field, Co-director, Forest Fringe
Ruth Mackenzie OBE, Director, Cultural Olympiad

Panel C: Making the arts more resilient

The resilience of people and organisations working in the arts is clearly going to be severely tested in the years ahead. As yet, new ways of thinking and organising which will enable greater adaptivity and resilience are still evolving – whether that be in the form of new leadership approaches; new financial models and instruments; or new approaches to collaboration and partnership. What are we being resilient for? Should we prioritise resilience in different aspects of our work - financial, artistic, organisational?  What resilient qualities do people and organisations working in the arts already have, and how can these be built on quickly and effectively?

Chair: Clare Cooper, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Mission Models Money
Speakers: Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton
Shreela Ghosh, Director, Free Word Centre
Tony Nwachukwu, Music producer
Clare Reddington, Director, iShed and Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed

Cultural question time

This year's State of the Arts conference is being run more interactively than the 2010 event, with written provocations prepared in advance, a table discussion in the opening keynote session, and with the use of social media to generate questions both prior to the event and on the day. This session is designed to give a platform for these questions arising from the written provocations, social media activity leading up to the event, and  table discussions during the opening keynote session to be fully explored. It will also enable the audience to react to what’s happening at the event in framing their questions to the panel. We are sure that Cultural Question Time will be a lively, challenging and wide ranging session.

We will be live streaming the Cultural Question Time panel at 2.00pmview the live stream

Chair: Anne McElvoy, Public policy editor, The Economist
Speakers:
Alan Davey
, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Journalist and author
Josie Rourke, Leading theatre director
Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Culture 2010
Rt Hon Don Foster, MP for Bath, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat, Parliamentary Policy Committee on Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

Panel D: Rethinking cultural philanthropy

With deep funding cuts on the way, our cultural institutions must learn new ways of harnessing private philanthropy. Whilst some individual arts organisations have developed sophisticated fundraising strategies, the arts as a whole lacks a coherent rationale for its 'ask'. So what needs to change? How do we need to rethink cultural philanthropy and what can we learn from elsewhere?

The so-called 'American model' (which relies on indirect subsidy primarily via individuals who make contributions), has been fuelled by tax incentives, a culture of asking, a culture of giving, investments in development and fundraising capacity building and the time required for network effects to manifest (relationships to build between people in organisations and the community, etc.). Are these conditions present in the UK? If they are not, how should the arts respond? Will the arts have to campaign much harder to become seen as a deserving good cause? And what are the potential limitations of the 'new' philanthropy?

Chair: Diane Ragsdale, Promovendus, Erasmus University, Cultural Economics
Speakers:
Julia Peyton-Jones OBE
, Director, The Serpentine Gallery
Ed Whiting, Founder, WeDidThis
Peter Bazalgette, Media consultant and digital media investor
Marcelle Speller, Founder and owner, LocalGiving.com
Erica Whyman, Chief Executive, Northern Stage

Panel E: Should the arts lead the Big Society?

If a Big Society involves – as the Prime Minister has implied – an ability to develop conceptions of the good life which go beyond possessive individualism, artists are well placed to explore such ideas in their practice. The invitation to the arts community is to develop coherent (and challenging) accounts of the role art does, can and could play in helping us imagine and create more fulfilling lives in a better society. This will no doubt involve those in the arts in deepening their work in education, health and other public service delivery agendas, enriching the lives of UK citizens through highly relevant and local projects.

But shouldn't the ambitions for the arts here be broader? Surely the arts should be aiming to give people greater voice, civic pride, and encouraging people to take an active role in civic society? This will not only help them transform their communities but will ensure that people can better challenge government, local authorities and the commissioners of public services to respond to their needs and aspirations. In all these ways, are the arts a crucial spark for the Big Society, and the Big Society a crucial spark for the arts?

Chair: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
Speakers:
Caoimhin Corrigan, Cultural Broker, ILEX Derry/Londonderry
Miranda McKearney OBE, Director, Reading Agency
Jesse Norman MP, Hereford and South Herefordshire
Andrew Dixon, Director, Creative Scotland
Gavin Stride, Director, Farnham Maltings & Caravan

Panel F: Are the arts complacent about talent and diversity?

Few in the arts would dispute the importance of encouraging diverse talent and presenting a diverse range of work. But are the arts conscientiously concerned, rather than committed, to real change? Has there been any significant change to what we regard as mainstream arts in recent years, and what has this meant for the art and for audiences? What else do we need to do and how urgent is it?

Chair: Vanessa Trevelyan, President, Museums Association
Speakers:
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Theatre Royal Stratford
Baba Israel, Director, Manchester's Contact Theatre
Mark Williams MBE, Artistic director, Heart n Soul
Clary Salandy, Mahogany & Artists Taking The Lead

Keynote panel discussion: What needs to change?

During the course of conference, attendees have debated the challenges facing the arts, competing visions about how to ensure the arts remain relevant and vital, and about how they can secure greater resilience and support. What stands in the way of these visions of how the arts are going to matter – and thrive in the future? What are the big shifts required? What are the big changes that will need to happen in the arts if the aspirations of the sector are going to be met in the future?

Chair: Dame Liz Forgan, Chair, Arts Council England
Speakers:
Candace Allen, Author, political and cultural commentator
John Knell, Leading cultural policy strategist
Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media And Sport
Jonathan Mills, Director, Edinburgh International Festival
Mark Wallinger, Turner Prize-winning artist

Closing remarks

Speakers: Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
Luke Johnson, Chairman, RSA

View the State of the Arts conference programme for 2010