Look back at our CONNECT! Forum on the Value of Networks

How can UK professionals benefit from taking part in networks? Can networks be a force for social change? What do we stand to lose by going alone? 

On 13 September 2018, 120 delegates from across screen, arts, and policy joined us at the Barbican for CONNECT! A Creative Europe Desk UK Forum on the Value of Networks. 

“In this climate where we so desperately need belonging it’s never been as important to have networks.” Dawn Walton at CONNECT! 2018

A keynote speech was delivered by Dawn Walton, Founder/Artistic Director of the Creative Europe-supported Eclipse Theatre, who talked about the local and international networks they had participated in to help raise the profile of black independent artists and develop audiences.

Updates on the value of international collaboration and EU funding came from Kate Arthurs, Director, Arts, British Council; Jack Powell, Senior Policy Analyst, BFI; Louise Jeffreys, Artistic Director, Barbican; and Victoria MacCallum, Deputy Director, Head of International Policy for Creative Industries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

A panel discussion on the power of the collective voice championed the role of networks in driving social change with case studies including Creative Europe networks that promote women in the music industry, socially conscious documentary, and theatre policy, as well as the Creative Diversity Network that pushes for a more diverse broadcasting sector. 

Afternoon panel discussions examined practical issues around networks, including how to keep them relevant and adaptive to change, and the day ended with putting it all into practice over drinks in the Barbican conservatory terrace.

See how it went with our CONNECT! Twitter story and Facebook photo album.

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Photos by Linda Linda Nylind.