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. The Sea Change conference is taking place on 17 and 18 May 2019. 

This conference intends 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. The conference will bring together practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists to share, explore and co-author a blueprint for socially engaged arts practice to promote positive change.

The conference is free of charge.

Sea Change: Arts Encounters – Day One – 17 May
A series of panels and discussions.

Keynote 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.
Location: Boole 1, Boole Basement, Main Campus, University College Cork

Sea Change: Arts Encounters – Day Two – 18 May 
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 participatory arts are welcome. You are required to attend day 1 of the conference in order to join in this workshop event.
Location: The Lido, 71 Watercourse Road, Blackpool

For further information contact Cork Community Art Link by phone at 021 455 3747 or by email


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