13.02.12 – Hosted by Arts Council England in conjunction with the BBC, Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and the British Council, ‘State of the Arts’ is returning for its third year. The conference is taking place at The Lowry, Salford.

The programme opens with an introduction from journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark and welcome by Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey. Then comes Keynote presentation, ‘Future now’, by Arts Council England Chair Liz Forgan and Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey.

Break out parallel sessions during the day include: ‘Artists and the creative economy’ with speaker Godfrey Worsdale (Director BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art); ‘Artists and communities’ with speaker Dan Thompson (social artist and Artistic Director, Revolutionary Arts); ‘Artists and fundraising’ with speaker Régis Cochefert (Head of Arts at Paul Hamlyn Foundation); ‘Artists and a changing society’ with speaker Neville Gabie (visual artist in residence at Olympic Park); and ‘Artists and international’ Chaired by Kettle’s Yard Director Andrew Nairne with speakers Jude Kelly (Artistic Director, Southbank Centre) and visual artist Pavel Büchler.

See full conference programme www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/pdf/Final_SOTA_Programme_web.pdf

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View ‘State of the Arts’ live video stream at www.artscouncil.org.uk/jobs-and-conferences/conferences/state-of-the-arts-live-video-stream/

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Pre ‘State of the Arts’ further reading

State of the Arts: how can artists and managers make the most of it?

Artists shaping the world at SOTA 2012

Artists are their own agents of change