State of Play conference at the Old Market, Hove

Culture Shift delivered the State of Play conference in partnership with New Writing South on 19 June 2012 at The Old Market, Hove. The day mixed big ideas with policy updates and explored how arts and culture can play a central role in young people’s lives, in and out of school.  At a time of significant flux and new directions, the day offered those working across arts, culture and learning, an opportunity to reflect on the current state of play.

Who was involved?

  • Delivered by Culture Shift in partnership with New Writing South
  • Keynote speakers: Jane Bryant, CEO Artswork and Bill Lucas, Centre for Real World Learning
  • Further contributions from: Nik Mansfield, CAMHS Nurse, Brighton and Hove City Council; Marina Castledine, Arts Award, Trinity College; Gaynor Davies, Artsmark Trainer; Carole Somers, Senior Children’s Centre Qualified Teacher, East Sussex County Council; Jenny Stratton, Deputy at Westdene Primary School, Brighton and Hove; Ann Cockerham, Headteacher, Rye College for the Arts and Enterprise; Mike Roe, CEO, Brighton Youth Centre; Jo Bates, Brighton and Hove YOT; Rob West, Creative Cultural Skills


What will it take for arts and culture to thrive in young people’s lives in the current climate?


  • To examine the context of the arts and culture in the lives of young people in the current climate
  • To bring together colleagues from across the arts, culture, heritage, youth justice, health and well being with space to review, rethink and refresh


The conference was attended by 80 delegates from arts, culture, education, heritage, youth justice and health.

You can download presentations from Keynote speakers below:

Afternoon workshops took their cue from a series of challenges for the arts presented by colleagues working across early years, youth, primary and secondary education, careers and progression, Arts Award and Artsmark.

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I’m impressed and excited that everyone is keen to overcome the constant challenges of working in the arts with young people and in partnership

Conference delegate

Bill Lucas might help to change the way we teach our children…

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I was excited by all the energy and enthusiasm, mutual interests and shared focus

Conference delegate

New people, new ideas, the sun was shining, new people, shared enthusiasm, positive energy…

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I have discovered a number of new ways to speak to teachers about creativity in the classroom; I gotta put my money where my mouth is!

Conference delegate

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