Announcing our Conference keynote

Date Created: 24th Oct 2017

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We’re delighted to announce that Sir Ken Robinson will be joining us live from LA, via video link, to give the keynote speech at our Creativity & Life Chances conference on Wednesday 22 November. This will be followed by a Q&A, where attendees will have a chance to put their questions directly to Sir Ken.

Acclaimed as one of ‘the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation’, Sir Ken works with governments, education systems and some of the world’s leading cultural organisations to help unlock the creative energy of people and organisations. His 2006 TED talk ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ has been viewed more than 40 million times, making it the most-viewed talk in the history of TED.

It is extra special for us to have Sir Ken, founding Chair and Honorary President of Artswork, delivering this keynote as we enter our 30th year.

Artswork empowers children and young people through arts and culture to find their voice, become skilled leaders and achieve their aspirations. This conference will inspire decision-makers within local authorities, housing associations, national charities, education and schools to use creativity to enhance their services and opportunities for the under-25s.

Through innovative case studies, interactive workshops and inspirational speakers – including young people themselves – this day provides opportunities to see and hear about the positive impact of arts and culture on the lives and wellbeing of children and young people.

Taking place at the Wellcome Collection, London, the conference will be compered by a group of young people from Bitterne Park School in Southampton.

Alongside Sir Ken, we will be joined by the following speakers and workshop leaders:

Kat Francois (poet, comedienne, actress, playwright, and schools and youth facilitator)

Darren Henley (Chief Executive of Arts Council England)

ART31 (youth-led arts organisation)

Heartnsoul (award-winning creative arts charity working with artists and young people with disabilities)

Ronda Gowland-Pryde (Head of Education, John Hansard Gallery)

Zoom Rockman (youngest ever The Beano Comic Artist and Creator of award-winning comic The Zoom!)*

Artswork’s Creativity and Life Chances conference takes place on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at The Wellcome Collection, London. Tickets can now be booked online via Eventbrite.

*Session sponsored by FocusBiz

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