Caroline Mason from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Hedley Swain from Arts Council England and Jess Cordingly from Lankelly Chase Foundation will join a conversation about art, culture, relationships and place. The Old Fire Station is an arts centre in central Oxford looking for ways to entertain, support artists and include people facing tough times in a public building. We’ll use some of the learning from our first six years to provoke debate about how arts organisations can create inclusive public spaces, build bridges across boundaries and foster good quality relationships. How can we influence systems change and place-based change?
The day will include
-a presentation of stories emerging from the Old Fire Station
-a chance to learn about storytelling evaluation methodology
-Short presentations about Gulbenkian Foundation’s -Inquiry into the Civic Role of the Arts and the Rethinking Relationships Report and the significance of relationships in preventing homelessness.
-Group discussion about the potential for relationship based organisation
-A panel debate including senior leaders from funding bodies, artists and people facing tough times
-Premiere showing of our Hidden Spire documentary by BAFTA award winning Moving Target Films.