Cultural education fair and lecture series to launch at Arnolfini

Issue date: 03 November 2016

Darren Henley, Cheif Executive of Arts Council England

Fair: 10 November 2016, 16:00 - 18:00, Arnolfini Talk: 19:00 - 21:00

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Arnolfini, are hosting the first Cultural Education Fair - a chance for educators and students to find out about creative and cultural opportunities for young people in the city.

The new series of fairs, and accompanying talks, are organised as part of a partnership between the UWE Bristol Visual Culture Research Group, Arnolfini and Bristol Cultural Education Partnership (BCEP).

With stalls from Bristol's leading arts, cultural and creative sector organisations, the fair offers visitors the chance to see examples of recent projects and find out more about how to participate in award-winning and inspiring activities, inside and outside of school.

The talks associated with each event will focus on issues connected to cultural education; the role that it plays in the city – specifically for young people – and its relationship to the wider discourses concerned in the development of cultural, economic and social capital - alongside opportunities for social mobility and creative sector employment.

Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley, launches the series, with his talk, 'How Investment in Cultural Education For Young People Today Will Create the World-Beating Cities of Tomorrow.'

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion, which will include Phil Gibby (South West Director, Arts Council England), Thangam Debbonaire (MP, Bristol West) and teachers and practitioners from Bristol's formal and informal education sectors.

Alex Franklin, Acting Director of UWE Bristol's Visual Culture Research Group, says, “The BCEP lecture series will help to consolidate Bristol's position as a centre of excellence in Cultural Education; bringing key national figures, policy makers, local experts and practitioners together to lead the way in supporting high quality cultural education for all children and young people.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome Darren Henley to open the lecture series; a series which promises to be stimulating, provocative, and speak of the vital importance of cultural education in all its varied and powerful forms.”

Entrance to the Cultural Education Fair is free. Tickets for the lecture series are priced at £6/£4 concs, and are available from Arnolfini's Box Office.

UWE Bristol students can obtain free tickets via the Visual Culture Research Group, based at the University's City Campus Studios at Arnolfini.

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