How the Virtuous Triangle of Arts, Higher Education and Business can make for Prosperous Places

On 22 June colleagues from over sixty cultural organisations, universities and sector bodies met at the University of Hull to explore the potential for three-way collaboration to create a more prosperous and resilient society though partnership.  See the programme below.

A summary of the presentations and workshops will be shared on the website shortly.

CFN symposium 24 May 2016 - delegates in HAR - COMPRESSED

11.00:  Welcome from professor Glenn Burgess, acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull

The University’s approach to partnership with the cultural and business sectors and how the University looks to build its City of Culture legacy.

Katy Fuller, Executive Producer, Hull: UK City of Culture 2017. 

How Hull 2017 has galvanised the Arts, Education and Business Sectors; legacy planning and how the experience can be shared for the benefit of places outside the City of Culture.

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director, Wykeland Group. The purpose of and approach to partnership from the business perspective; the pillars for success and what HE and cultural organisations can do better to engage with the business sector.

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council. Ten years on from European Capital of Culture, what arts, HE and business partnership has done for civic prosperity, and how others can learn from the experience.

See speaker biographies here.


Glenn, Katy, Dominic and Claire discuss questions from the audience.

13.30:  THREE RECENT CFN AUDITS: Presenting the summary findings of the audits

Three audits have been commissioned by the Forum to better understand the HE/culture partnership landscape in the North.  The audits explored the range of partnership working in each of the Forum’s three priority themes: –


Prof. Chris Bailey

Cultural & Creative Skills:

Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley

Public Engagement:

Kerry Harker

14.30:  WORKSHOPS:


Responding to the audit findings, the presentations and panel discussion, and informed by organisational ambitions, participants are invited to join one of three themes workshops.

Each group is asked to consider three questions, the responses to which will inform the next stage of Forum activity.

  1. In what ways is the audit information valuable, how can we add to and how can we disseminate it?
  2. What one or two shared programme/project ideas would help organisations achieve objectives and have broad sector impact that could not be achieved by working alone?
  3. What actions are required over the next twelve months to progress the idea? 

Feedback from the workshops will be collated and shared following the event.

Cultural & Creative Skills

How can cultural organisations and universities strengthen sector skills through diversity and longer-term partnership programmes with legacy.

Initial suggestion: Degree Apprenticeships


How can university research be more widely shared, how can it be used more effectively to inform practice, and how can the research agenda better reflect the needs of the cultural sector?

Facilitated by:  Prof. Chris Bailey, York Guild of Media Arts and Sue Hayton, Associate Director, Cultural Institute, University of Leeds

Public Engagement:

How relationships between small arts organisations and universities are perceived, developed and valued.

Facilitated by:  Kerry Harker, Independent Curator, Post-graduate Researcher and Adrian Friedli, Executive Director and Chair, Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network Ltd

Initial suggestion: The ‘Fourth Year’


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