ArtWorks Alliance members meet regularly in a Forum.

Our next Forum is on 28 July from 2 – 4 pm (with a break) via Zoom and will be facilitated by Åsa Malmsten from Sound Sense.

We’re delighted that Kate Fellows, Head of Learning and Access at Leeds Museums and Galleries, has very generously offered to speak to us about the work of the four task and finish groups on education and learning for the cultural sector which Clore Learning Spaces has been supporting with input from GEM, Engage and a number of performing arts networks/organisations to help colleagues plan for education, learning and participation work, as lockdown relaxes. And there’ll be plenty of opportunity for networking, information sharing and knowledge exchange between everyone.

The following Forum is on 18 September from 2 – 4 pm (with a break) via Zoom including international learning from the ITAC5 conference. Then on 8 October, there’ll be a bigger, longer Gathering…for which planning starts soon! We’re looking forward to building on our first ever Gathering back in January and running the event online.

The last Forum meeting was on 9 June 2020, hosted and chaired by John Whall. There was a special focus on digital participation with plenty of discussion about the impact of Covid-19 on the participatory arts sector and the support and championing that ArtWorks Alliance provides.

Forum meetings are great opportunities for general information and knowledge exchange as well as focusing on specific topics that members want to discuss and action. Everyone always leaves a Forum with at least one new idea or contact to follow up – and often, several!

 ‘It’s fantastic having your work contextualised, feeling you’re not on your own but part of something where there is a shared level understanding. This really supports being able to move things on. And it’s so great being collaborative rather than transactional.’

Check out how you can Join in.

Contact Mary Schwarz, Secretariat at for more information.


The previous (‘in person’) Forum meeting was held on 18 September 2019 in Leeds, hosted and chaired by Heads Together Productions.

Partners held a pre-Forum conference call about participatory arts with Alison Clark, Director of Combined Arts at Arts Council England, shaped the upcoming Gathering for Partners and Associates, discussed the Alliance’s Development Plan and planned the next stages for the ArtWorks Fellowship.



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