Torbay Culture Conference – Monday 30 September 2019

Torbay Culture Conference – Monday 30 September 2019

Torbay Culture is hosting a conference on Monday 30 September at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. Attendance is free and places can be reserved through the theatre’s website at 

The conference is structured around Torbay’s ten-year Cultural Strategy Enjoy, Talk, Do, Be and the Great Place Scheme themes of Building Resilience, Changing Lives, Engaging Audiences and Shaping Place. We will explore common issues that are relevant for Torbay, allowing attendees to hear from inspirational voices and learn more about the changing context in which we are working. 

 The day: 

  • Allows Torbay Culture to share findings from areas of work which have been in development (e.g. test and learn projects with NHS partners and Torbay Council, and collaborative approaches for culture, health and wellbeing)

  • Provides space for conversation - Q&As with the Arts Council, Heritage Fund, Active Devon, TDA and others; and discussion groups focusing on partnership working: ‘sharing solutions to common problems’

  • Enables the sector and the public to hear from national and local organisations about priorities relevant to Torbay

  • Provides networking opportunities over lunch and tea.

Speakers include:

  • Celia Atherton OBE, Trustee of Scope and LandWorks charities

  • Stephen Boyce, Deputy Chair, and Nerys Watts, Head of Engagement, London & South, National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • Richard Chappell, Choreographer and Producer

  • Jo Colin, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Karen Jones, Programmes Manager, Active Devon

  • Alan Denby, Director of Economic Strategy, TDA

  • Simon Jutton, Senior Manager Plan Priorities, Arts Council England

  • Frances Mason, Head of Partnerships, People & Housing, Torbay Council

  • Cat Radford, Creative Commissioning Lead, Torbay Culture

Discussion contributors include:

Jacob Brandon (Chair, Torbay Culture); Jade Campbell (Co-director, Doorstep Arts); Rebecca Davies (Senior Economic Development Officer, TDA, & English Riviera Destination Management Group); Lucinda Heron (Operations Manager, National Trust, Overbecks); Maureen McAllister (Operations Director, Palace Theatre); Nathalie Palin (Creative Director, Eyeview cultural programme)

Discussion convenors include Seema Patel (Community Builder, Torbay Community Development Trust) and Matt Harbour (Vice Principal, Curriculum, Quality & Performance, South Devon College) and the day will be co-chaired by Anna Matthews and Martin Thomas from Torbay Culture.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The day begins at 10am and closes at 5pm.

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