Speakers announced for Venue Network Day

opening the doors to young people

We’re thrilled to announce the speakers and session leaders for this season’s Venue Network Day:

Roundhouse-Logo-Red-2Tatum Swithenbank | Young Trustee | Roundhouse
Cathy Weatherald | Community Programme Manager | Roundhouse
Find out about Roundhouse’s work with young people aged 11-30, and discuss how you can include young people on your board and in your decision-making processes.



gulb logoMaeve Mena | Advisory Group Member | Gulbenkian
Eleanor Cocks | Head of Creating Learning | Gulbenkian
Gulbenkian, the arts centre at the University of Kent, will present their new ART31 strategy, exploring how to embed authentic youth voice in all activity from participation to programming to governance. They will also lead a breakout session exploring ARTY31, a youth leadership programme for 8-12-year-olds, with a focus on reaching diverse communities. The session will be led by young people and Gulbenkian’s Head of Creative Learning.

Family Arts Campaign croppedAnna Dever | Head of Family Arts Campaign
The Family Arts Campaign is a national, cross-sector initiative to engage more families in arts and culture. Learn more about their activity to help the cultural sector become more welcoming and accessible to inter-generational groups.



Zest+TheatreToby Ealden | Artistic Director | Zest Theatre
Award-winning theatre company Zest Theatre produces immersive, interactive and inspiration theatre which reaches around 20,000 young people across the country each year. Toby will discuss not only the importance of programming a breadth of quality work for young people, but how Zest have worked with venues to develop a new generation of theatre audiences. This presentation will be digital and pre-recorded.


The Garage LogoAdam Taylor | Executive Director | The Garage
In this breakout session, Adam will explore the role of arts organisations in education, and discuss if there is a responsibility to ensure the arts survive within schools. He will share the successes and challenges of The Garage’s recent journey to become an accredited organisation, offering GSCE and Foundation courses in performing arts.



more about the event…

Friday 04 October 2019, 11:00 – 16:30
Cecil Sharp House, London

This event will explore how venues and arts centres in the house network (and beyond) can engage and empower young people through activity, theatre and leadership programmes. It will include presentations, breakout sessions and lunch, with plenty of time to connect with organisations in the network. All venues in the South East and East of England are welcome.

This is an opportunity for venues in the South East and East of England to make share ideas and discover ways of addressing challenges.