SeaChange: Community Arts Encounters Conference – 17 and 18 May

Cork Community Art Link and Community Arts Partnership, in association with Blue Drum and The School of Applied Social Studies UCC have developed an all-island initiative to explore, through a range of discussions and deliberations, the power of community arts to promote, advocate for and ultimately deliver positive change. We intend this conference to provide networking, inspiration and peer support for all community organisations and practitioners who run arts programmes or wish to do so, and for everyone interested in the possibilities of the arts in community and social contexts.

Following on from Community Arts Partnership’s “What Next” conference in May 2018, SEA CHANGE heralds a new collaboration to promote understanding, deepen practice and find greater ways to include diverse communities and promote social wellbeing.  

An all island dialogue, bringing together in conference practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists to share, explore and co-author a blueprint for socially engaged arts practice to promote positive change.

Sea Change: Arts Encounters – Day One

A series of panels and discussions about the power of community arts to promote, advocate for and ultimately deliver positive change.

Key note speakers:

  • Francois Matarasso; community arts worker, independent writer and researcher.
  • Rita Fagan; manager of the Family Resource Centre CDP, community activist and social justice campaigner.
  • Ed Carol; Blue Drum Agency, advancing human rights, creativity and resilience in communities.
  • Carol Kane; freelance artist, arts facilitator, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding facilitator
  • Rosie Meade; Senior Lecturer School of Applied Social Studies UCC, writer, editor, activist, conference chair.
  • Ann O Connor; Head of Arts Participation Arts Council Ireland

Open to the general public.

Sea Change: Arts Encounters – Day Two

We present a series of discussions, workshops, and reflection on our practices aiming to build up networking, cooperation and to create a blueprint. Our goal is to offer support and guide a series of further actions, explorations and to deepen the strategy to assist all communities to access participatory and community arts and promote better practice and lasting change.

Key note addresses by video:

  • Franco Bianchini; Professor of Cultural Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Culture and the Creative Industries, University of Hull
  • Key issues around cultural development, participation and engagement
  • Conor Shields; CEO of Community Arts Partnership, Belfast

New culturally democratic possibility is just around the corner but, is that still out of reach?

All practitioners working in the fields of community and arts are welcome, you are required to attend the conference on the 17th of May in order to join in this workshop event.

Free event, but booking is essential:

Book here

Please contact Cork Community Art Link by phone at 00353 (0) 21 455 3747 or by email at if you have any further questions.

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