Professional Development Training: what you need to know about arts engagement now

Thursday 15th June, 10am - 4pm
Studio 3 Arts, Boundary Road, Barking, IG11 7JR     
Price £180 including lunch and your own bespoke arts engagement 101 action plan

Barking and Dagenham gets bad press: it was voted by Right Move last year as the worst place to live. What is true is that many of the people living here face tough realities and responsibilities:  the housing crisis in the borough is one of the worst in the UK and we have more single parents and carers than 80% of the rest of the UK.

Despite this participation and support for the arts is thriving, and we can evidence that more people year on year are getting involved in choosing, steering and leading arts projects and events where they live and that the demand for the arts is growing.
Studio 3 Arts have 30 years experience of working in Barking and Dagenham.  As part of this they lead Creative Barking and Dagenham, which is a 6 year project (2013-19) funded as one of 21 national Creative People and Places project and that has become known for its flagship ‘Cultural Connectors’ network. Both S3A and CBD deliver multi-artform activity and this training will share our combined learning about the most effective ways to engage people with the arts right now.
This workshop is for anyone working in the arts who wants to engage their local audiences and/or find deeper ways to connect their audiences with their organization or project.  This workshop is co-delivered by Liza Vallance, Artistic Director of Studio 3 Arts with Helen Ball, Head of Engagement at Creative Barking and Dagenham and will include the opportunity to meet and ask questions to our local resident Cultural Connectors.
By the end of the day, participants will be able to:

  • Talk about the new models for modern arts participation that really work to build trust, enthusiasm and levels of engagement
  • Identify a range of current barriers to arts engagement and be able to develop solutions relevant to their own work
  • Understand and describe local residents’ motivations: why do they  get involved and what needs to happen to keep their attention and support?
  • Take away examples and guidance to share with colleagues, on how to develop your own practice and be well placed to be a great arts partner for communities

To book your place please contact Sophie on