The Second Big Gathering: The Findings

12 Feb 2021

The Second Big Gathering: The Findings

The summary of discussions from the second Big Gathering which took place on January 21st, 2021 have been published by the Arts Collaboration Network*.

The purpose of the second Big Gathering is to bring people from across the arts and creative sector together to reconnect as a sector on shared challenges and needs to inform conversations and advocacy key sector asks. To seek feedback on Arts Collaboration Network’s 5 asks. To strengthen our sector’s voice in the recovery and its influence of what’s possible and to demonstrate the importance of collaboration and that it is a vital ingredient in helping us all to get through this.

*The Arts Collaboration Network is an informal network of the main sector support organisations and a number of creative hubs across Northern Ireland. The people involved are Margaret Henry, Thrive Audience Development, Niamh Flanagan, Theatre and Dance NI, Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI, Rob Hilken & Noel Kelly, Visual Artists Ireland, Kevin Murphy, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Katherine McDonald, Craft NI, Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah, Sarah Jones, Creative & Cultural Skills, Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery/Chair Belfast Visual Arts Forum, Sophie Hayles, Crescent Arts Centre, Cath McBride In Your Space Circus / Chair: DCSDC Arts & Cultural Strategy, Co-Delivery Group, Anne McReynolds and Maeve Hawkins, The MAC, Damien Coyle, University of Atypical and Jenna Hall, Belfast Community Circus School/Co-Chair Belfast Festivals Forum.

Hosted via Zoom on Thursday 21 January 2021, 2pm-3.30pm, the second Big Gathering had 137 attendees from across the sector representing artists, venues, freelance practitioners, arts organisations, festivals, academic and resource organisations.

To read the full summary of discussions please click here.

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