Convene, Challenge, Connect has been co-created with the region's arts, cultural, heritage and community sector, and brings together the collective knowledge from across the region to deliver the programme, ensuring it is effective, sustainable and useful for organisations, community groups and freelancers.
The programme runs from July to October 2022 and includes a freelancer development cohort as well as a wide range of strategic and practical events, workshops, webinars and Q&As that will be open to all.
Explore the three strands of the programme:
Convene is a programme of webinars, presentations and Q&As, designed to address practical topics and themes that through research identified as being areas of need within the sector.
Challenge is a series of four full-day events taking place at different locations in the West Midlands, during September and October 2022, from 10am to 5pm and will include:
- Wednesday 7 September, 10am - 5pm: Audiences - What is the future experience of creativity and culture for people in the region? Keynote: Andrew Lovett OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Black Country Living Museum.
- Wednesday 21 September, 10am - 5pm: Placemaking - Character, people, histories, and culture make a place. But what does placemaking mean in practice for cultural organisations? Keynote: Catherine Mallyon – Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.
- Wednesday 5 October, 10am - 5pm: People - Creativity is fundamental to our understanding of ourselves and our society. How do we work in a way that values our collective creativity to imagine a more equitable future? Keynote: Jenny Sealey MBE, CEO & Artistic Director, Graeae.
- Wednesday 19 October, 10am - 5pm: Partnerships - A successful future is collaborative! How do we harness the power of partnership working to increase investment, share our resources and collective knowledge for the benefit of the people and places of the West Midlands? Led by: People Make It Work Connect: Freelancer Development Programme Connect is a freelancer development programme for 30 arts, cultural or heritage freelancers working in the West Midlands.
Connect is a freelancer development programme for 30 arts, cultural or heritage freelancers working in the West Midlands.
Mentors needed to support creative and cultural freelancers
As part of the Convene, Challenge, Connect West Midlands freelancer development programme, Culture Central is facilitating a mentoring programme. It is looking for 30 mentors with a variety of expertise to work with creative and cultural freelancers on the programme.
You will need to commit to holding a minimum of three one-hour sessions (online or in person) to support the participants in their development between September and October 2022. A contribution of £150 is also offered towards your time as a mentor. Read more here.
Who is this programme for?
This programme is specifically targeted at creative, cultural and heritage freelancers in the West Midlands historically underserved by the sector.
Applications were open to arts, cultural and heritage freelancers working in the West Midlands who identify as ethnically diverse, (d)Deaf, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, care-experienced, from a refugee, migrant, Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community, and/or from working-class/ low-income backgrounds, or who have identified as such in the past.
Convene, Challenge, Connect is generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.