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Spark: Ignite

Ignite logoWe are delighted to introduce a new programme of Spark Ignite sessions, which we hope will provide a useful platform for you to carry on some of the conversations we started at Spark 2020.

We appreciate that it’s an unusual and challenging time for everyone at the moment, but we are keen to build on the momentum from our symposium and have a programme of events in place for when things return back to normal.

The Ignite sessions aim to unpick and further explore some of the topics and themes of the day, present another opportunity for you to network with members of our creative community, and visit some of the district’s amazing cultural venues, spaces and places.

We’re holding back on confirming actual times and dates until we have a clearer idea of the COVID-19 situation, but are using this as an opportunity to find out what times and dates work best for you, and what topics you would most value in the programme given the challenges we are all facing at the moment. Please tell us by completing this short form.

We are also exploring other online ways to keep our creative community connected and updated on opportunities and support now that our symposium app (Whova) has runs its course. You can sign-up to receive news and updates about this at the end of the form.


The Programme

Here's a draft outline of just some of the sessions, which is likely to change as we develop the programme in response to the information you provide in our form.

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1. Social Prescribing and the Creative Industries

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Another opportunity to carry on the discussion about social prescribing and the positive impact it can have not only on people’s health but on the heath care sector and the creative industries. Once again, you can hear from people working in social prescribing in the district and join a discussion to explore how the creative industries can tap in to and support this agenda. New to social prescribing? It’s when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. The goals of social prescribing are to reduce the rise of healthcare costs and ease pressure of general practice clinics.

Speakers: To be announced
Host venue: Foundry Wood, Princes Dr, Leamington Spa CV32 6AF

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2. Networking

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There’s a whole host of amazing networking events and opportunities for people working in the creative sector in the district. Hear about these from their organisers, and enjoy and behind the scene tour of the host venue, as well as complimentary refreshments.

Speakers: To be announced
Host venue: Playbox Theatre, Stratford Rd, Warwick CV34 6LE

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3. Funding and Fundraising

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Join Carole Sleight, Arts Officer at Warwick District Council, to hear about funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations in the district, and be introduced to some free online resources and toolkits to help with your own fundraising. You are also invited to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the host venue. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Speakers: To be announced
Host venue: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Main Gallery

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4. Data and Insight

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How can arts and cultural organisations better use data to inform their programming and marketing decisions and inform fundraising activity? During this session you will find out about available datasets and discuss ideas on how to set up your own research projects.

Speakers: Dr Vishalakshi Roy, Earthen Lamp
Host venue: To be announced

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5. Mark Adams: Vitsoe

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Due to popular demand, we are delighted that Mark Adams, Director of Vitsoe, will once again present on the topic of ‘invest’, following his hugely successful Creative Morning session, which kicked of the Spark 2020 symposium. You will also be treated to a VIP tour of Vitsoe’s stunning building.

Speakers: Mark Adams, Vitsoe
Host venue: Vitsoe Ltd, Old Warwick Rd, Leamington Spa CV311

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6. Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme

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In July 2022, Birmingham will host the XXII Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sport event to be held in England in 10 years. The mission principles of the 2022 Commonwealth Games are to Bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, help the region to grow and succeed, be a catalyst for change and put the area on the global stage. At the heart of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a cultural programme, a world-class arts festival running March to September, surrounding the sports programme. The power of art and culture to bring people together, celebrate our identities and find common ground will be central to the Birmingham 2022 Games. For this, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme will commission, curate and collaborate on a six-month programme of new work, installations, exhibitions, performances and major events to showcase the artists, creatives and cultural organisations of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the Commonwealth, on a global stage. Find out about this and more from Louisa Davies, Senior Producer, Culture Programme and Live Sites – and enjoy light refreshments and a tour of the host venue.

Speakers: Louisa Davies, Senior Producer, Culture Programme and Live Sites
Host venue: To be announced

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7. Strength in Places Roundtable

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Take part in industry Roundtables related to the joint Strength in Places Bid on the Immersive Economy by Coventry University and Warwick University alongside local partners.

Speakers: To be announced
Host venue: To be announced

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Other sessions are likely to include:           

  • Sustainability: What you need to think about when procuring for public projects.
  • 5G: What is it and how it can support the creative sector?
  • Spaces and Places: Discussing the lack of work space and how we can overcome this challenge in the district.