A whistle-stop tour of the events I enjoyed in 2015 (beyond the world of Circuit) as part of my PhD research into partnerships between arts and youth organisations.
Y Research Conference, YMCA George Williams College, London, 6 February 2015
A conference addressing the need for good quality research in youth work. The event also launched this free publication: Innovation_in_Youth_Work
Strong Voices Conference, Sage Gateshead, 6 March 2015
Presentations and workshops following the conclusion of the two-year youth programme Strong Voices, led by a consortium of Bridge organisations. Watch recordings here.
Centre for Youth Impact event: What does an outcomes-led approach have to offer youth work?, Bubble Theatre, London, 10 March 2015
Heated debates about the perceived lack of appropriate evidence in the youth sector, and the implications of the outcomes agenda in youth work. For more information on the Centre for Youth Impact click here.
A New Direction Cultural Capital Conference, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, 17 March 2015
Talks and workshops stemming from A New Direction’s latest research into inequality, disadvantage and cultural opportunities. Download related resources here.
Ethnography and the art museum, Tate Britain, 23 March 2015
A seminar exploring and problematizing what it means to use ethnographic practices in the museum context. Listen to a recording from the event here.
Journal of youth studies conference: Contemporary youth, contemporary risk, Copenhagen, 30 March-1 April 2015
I presented a paper on the place of risk in partnership work at this international conference. Abstracts and reports from the conference are here.
London Play and Youth work campaign launch, Unite, London, 7 April 2015
An event to launch a joint campaign to resist cuts and privatisation in play and youth work in the capital. Follow the campaign here and related articles here and here.
BERA seminar: Youth work, informal learning and the arts: exploring the research and practice agenda, The University of Nottingham, 18 April 2015
An event I co-organised around current issues driving the research agenda across the intersecting ‘worlds’ of youth work and the arts. A full write-up is downloadable here.
Inclusive arts practice and research: discussion and 2020 visioning event, Tate Modern, 1 June 2015
A performative series of conversations on the future of inclusion hosted by Tate Research Centre: Learning. This coincided with the launch of new publication: Inclusive arts practice and research: a critical manifesto.
Museums Association seminar: Take your partners: creating sustainable participation, Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16 June 2015
Several of the talks at this event focused on the findings from Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s programme Our Museum: Communities and museums as active partners. Visit the website here.
British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, 15-17 September 2015
I presented a paper here on the changing geographies of youth policy and practice and the challenges of producing a collaborative arts programme in the current political context. The conference information is available here.
Oxford Ethnography Conference, New College, Oxford University, 21-23 September 2015
A conference with a ‘flipped format’, and lots of room for discussion. I presented on my ethnographic fieldwork into partnership working within Circuit. Abstracts can be found here.
100 hundred years of youth and community work education, YMCA George Williams College, London, 8 October 2015
A conference reflecting on the history and future of youth and community work training in the UK. There’s a useful summary of this event here.
Project Oracle conference: Breaking barriers – where evidence goes next, London, 12 October 2015
Debates and workshops around what’s lacking and what’s valuable about evidence in the youth sector. Click here for the event report.
Reclaiming youth: Breaking misconceptions about young Britain, Southbank Centre, 12 October 2015
A discussion on the damaging misrepresentations of young people in the British media, featuring the authors of Generation Z and Wasted: How misunderstanding young Britain threatens our future.
National youth sector debate, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, London, 16 October 2015
A debate which asked the difficult question: “In light of what has happened at Kids Company, does the sector need to change and if so, in what ways?” A summary of this event is here.
Engage International Conference, Glasgow, 19-20 November 2015
The gallery education sector’s annual meet-up saw many of us present breakout sessions and papers on working with young people in arts and youth settings. Coverage of the conference is here.