Culture Forum North Symposium

5 December 2018, 10.15 – 16.00, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

See the full programme here

Research, policy-makers and funders are clear that the arts and culture need a more diverse, entrepreneurial and work-ready workforce.

This event discusses how university/cultural sector partnerships can ensure we collectively thrive.

Keynote speakers

Nina Bhagwat, Off-Screen Diversity Executive at Channel 4, Simon Dancey, CEO of Cultural and Creative Skills, and Professor Kate Pahl from Manchester Metropolitan University, will challenge participants to talk, think and act collaboratively with the aim of strengthening the cultural workforce through diversity.

Short keynotes will explore models for recruitment and retention within and outside our sectors; frameworks for increasing access to skills development; and the value of co-acquisition of the knowledge needed to create a diverse workplace.

We will also hear from Katie Jones, Haseena Ali, Lauren Goldsby, students at Manchester School of Art.  Frustrated by a design industry that is lacking in ethnic and racial diversity they have created FRESH, a movement aims to do something about it.

See here for the event programme.

See here for more information about our speakers and their themes.


Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss emerging questions, to share experience and to explore potential action through market place conversations.

It will make for a lively and dynamic event with peers from diverse arts and heritage organisations, universities and sector bodies from across the North and beyond, who share a commitment to working together to build a more resilient cultural sector.

Click here to to reserve your place at the symposium.



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