Thrive Bath Conference Schedule (30 March at Univ of Bath)

The inaugural Thrive Bath Conference rakes place on 30th March 2015 at the University of Bath.  Our keynote speaker is Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Programme who will be talking on the subject of leadership in the cultural and voluntary sectors. Other speakers include The Audience Agency talking about audience development, Natural Theatre Company talking about programming in non-specific spaces, and Tracey Guiry from Literature Works talking about fundraisining. Tickets onsale now for £40 including a buffet lunch and parking


08:45 – 09:15 Registration; tea & coffee

09:15 – 10:00 Keynote – leadership and strategy – Sue Hoyle – Clore Leadership Programme

Sue will be looking at the qualities, skills and perspectives that cultural leaders need in the 21st century. In a complex, fast-moving and uncertain environment, how can leaders navigate through choppy waters and how can they shape their organisational cultures so they are fit for the future?

10:00 – 10:45 Programming & Content for unticketed/public spaces – presentation (10mins) and discussion – Natural Theatre Co

10:45 – 11:00 Break; tea & coffee

11:00 – 11:45 High Performing Teams – presentation (10mins) and discussion – Jim Coulter

11:45 – 12:00 Soundbite 1 – Luke Emmett, Theatre Bath – A Career in the Arts – What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started

Luke’s talk will focus on his career so far in the arts as a multi discipline arts professional. It will touch on how he started out, what worked for him, what didn’t work. And a few hints and tips about knocking on doors of organisations to find work.

He will also discuss how he set up Theatre Bath and what has worked well so far and areas that have proved difficult. The importance of community, building relationships and using social media to connect organisations with their audiences.

12:00 – 12:15 Soundbite 2 – Cultural Forum for Bath Area – collaboration

12:15 – 12:30 Soundbite 3 – 44ad – Devon consortium response to commissioning proces

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:15 Audience Development – presentation (10mins) and discussion – Audiences Agency

14:15 – 15:00 Fundraising – presentation (10mins) and discussion – Tracey Guiry -Literature Works

Fundraising is very like a first date at a speed-dating event. You find someone you like the look of and you have between 30 seconds and an hour to make them feel they want to have a relationship with you. This session looks at the questions you should be asking yourselves before venturing into a funding relationship, as well as sources of funding open to arts practitioners and organisations for revenue projects, plus plenty of tips and strategies for making the most of that first impression.  

15:00 – 15:15 Break; tea & coffee

15:15 – 15:45 Applied Technology – digital communications– presentation (10mins) and discussion 

15:45 – 16:30 Efficient Operations – using Agile – Belinda Waldock

Belinda will share key concepts behind agile thinking and simple practical approaches to discover smarter, leaner and faster ways to develop efficient operations in your business.

16:30 – 17:00 Panel and Closing

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