The third event in our Arts Council commissioned Knowledge Exchange Network programme, exploring key issues in participation and engagement in the arts, took place this week at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds.

The day focussed on exploring the psychological levers and barriers to participation and engagement in the arts, with presentations from Phil Russell at Hoot, Toby Lowe at Helix Arts, Ruth Melville at the Institute of Cultural Capital, Dr Myna Trustram of Renaissance North West and Professor Lynn Froggett from the International School of Communities, Rights & Inclusion at UCLAN. Workshops followed where the group enjoyed the chance to discuss the key issues collaboratively and to share their own experiences on the topic.

Again, Over 50 were in attendance from arts organisations, local authorities, Arts Council England and regional universities, with many having attended all events so far. In Summer 2012, the series will culminate in a one day conference in association with the journal Cultural Trends (Routledge).

Download the event programme here.

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