We are also very excited to announce news of the inaugural Thrive Bath Conference on 30th March 2015 at the University of Bath.  Tickets onsale now for £40 including a buffet lunch & free parking.



08:45 – 09:15 Registration      


09:15 Keynote – leadership and strategy – Sue Hoyle - Clore Leadership Programme

Sue will be looking at the qualities, skills and perspectives that cultural leaders need in the 21st century. In a complex, fast-moving and uncertainenvironment, how can leaders navigate through choppy waters and how can they shape their organisational cultures so they are fit for the future? 


10:00 Programming & Content for unticketed/public spaces – presentation and discussion – Natural Theatre Co

Andy Burden is has been the Director of The Natural Theatre Company since January 2014.  He had performed and directed projects for the company since 1997.

The Natural Theatre Company has been making people laugh across the globe for nearly 45 years.


10:45 Break


11:00 High Performing Teams – presentation and discussion – Jim Coulter


11:45 Luke Emmett, Theatre Bath – A Career in the Arts - What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started

Luke's talk will focus on his career so far in the arts as a multi discipline arts professional. It will touch on how he started out, what worked for him, what didn't work. And a few hints and tips about knocking on doors of organisations to find work. He will also discuss how he set up Theatre Bath and what has worked well so far and areas that have proved difficult. The

importance of community, building relationships and using social media to connect organisations with their audiences.


12:00 Cultural Forum for Bath Area - Marian Mcneir– collaboration

Marian will be speaking on the theme of collaboration as exemplified by the CFBA's history, ethos and current partnership working. Her presentation will touch on the CFBA's journey from an informal association to a community interest company, its involvement in projects such as the Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations consortium and Bath's Child Friendly City initiative, and its central role in the creation of a new umbrella entity to help deliver B&NES new Cultural and Creative Strategy.


12:15 44ad – Devon consortium response to commissioning

Katie O’Brien studied Fine Art at Bath School of Art and Design, graduating in 2012.

Katie is a practicing artist and curator and is the founder and director of 44AD artspace, which is based in central Bath.

44AD artspace very much aims to encourage the public’s engagement with the visual arts and has a fantastic track record of delivering a dynamic gallery programme of free admission art exhibitions and associated events.


12:30 Lunch


13:30 Audience Development – presentation  and discussion – Audience Agency


14:15 – 15:00 Fundraising – presentation and discussion – Tracey Guiry -Literature Works

Fundraising is very like a first date at a speed-dating event. You find someone you like the look of and you have between

30 seconds and an hour to make them feel they want to have a relationship with you. This session looks at the questions

you should be asking yourselves before venturing into a funding relationship, as well as sources of funding open to arts

practitioners and organisations for revenue projects, plus plenty of tips and strategies  for making the most of that first impression


15:00 Break


15:15 Digital communications with Impact– Rachel Picken- MPAD

When the whole world seems to be doing everything online, what is right for your practice or business? Where to start, and how to make the most of digital communications as part of your overall marketing activity.


15:45 Efficient Operations – using Agile – Belinda Waldock

Belinda will share key concepts behind agile thinking and simple practical approaches to discover smarter, leaner and faster ways to develop efficient operations in your business. Agile is a globally recognised term for a set of methods and practices which have emerged from the software sector to enable teams to work effectively when operating environments of extreme change and constant innovation.


16:30 Panel and Closing





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