The first meeting of our new Knowledge Exchange Network on participation and engagement in the arts took place on the 23rd September, with over 50 people in attendance including academics from 10 universities, cultural policy makers from the Arts Council and local authorities and a large number of practitioners from individual artists to representatives from some of the North's largest institutions.

Presentations were given by Leila Jancovich, from the UK Centre for Events Management, and Professor Franco Bianchini from the Cultural Planning and Policy Unit in the School of Cultural Studies alongside a guest lecture from Dr Andrew Miles, Senior Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), The University of Manchester followed by lively workshops exploring different factors influencing participation and engagement in the arts.

A series of seminars will be convened over the next 18 months, with a view to producing a publication in 2012, co-edited by Leila Jancovich and Professor Bianchini.

If you are interested in joining the network please contact Isla Brown on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.