Summit Programme

Part of the International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival is a 4-day conference at The Whitworth. This Summit will explore the themes of People, Practice, Policy, Performance and Partnerships in relation to arts and homelessness. With People and Performance at its heart, the Summit focuses on one of the themes each day bringing together practitioners, artists, activists, academics and policy makers together.

50% of the tickets available are allocated for people who are or have been homeless to be able to attend for free. To book tickets for the Summit, click here

Each day, attend panel discussions in the morning and join in practical workshop sessions and World Cafe conversations in the afternoon. On Saturday, visit organisations across Greater Manchester to see their work first hand. On Sunday, join us for a reflection day and the closing event. Each evening, Summit delegates are also invited to attend free Festival events. 

 

Day 1 - Thursday 15th November - Practice Exchange

Conference at The Whitworth Grand Hall and break-out spaces around the gallery: 09.00-17.30.

9.00     Breakfast available.

9.45     Welcome.

9.55     Poem commissioned for the Summit written and performed by Lawrence McGill.

10.00   Mini PechaKuchas No. 1: Bite-sized introductions to arts/homelessness projects across the globe.

10.20   Panel introduced by John McGrath (Manchester International Festival)Cultural Spaces’ Response to Homelessness. Chaired by researcher Phyllida Shaw who shares findings, so far, in a search for cultural spaces that are welcoming people who are or have been homeless to take part fully in their programmes/services. With a panel including Adriana Carla (Museum of Tomorrow); David Tovey (One Festival of Homeless Arts), Helen Wewiora (Castlefield Gallery) and Jo Guidice (Dallas Public Library). 

11.30  Tea Break.

12.00   Practice Exchange Workshops: Delegates are invited to attend break-out workshops around The Whitworth sharing practice in film-making, theatre, music, photography, arts/crafts, poetry/creative writing and dance

13.45   Lunch provided by Back on Track social enterprise.

14.45   Mini PechKuchas No. 2: Bite-sized introductions to arts/homelessness projects across the globe.

15.10   World Café Conversations: Delegates can join conversations around key questions in the arts/homelessness sector including 'Building an audience', hosted by Mark Horvath, Invisible People (Los Angeles), 'Theory to Practice' hosted by Holly Jacobson, Path With Art (Seattle); 'Who Pays the Price for Narrative-led Social Change in the Arts', hosted by John Organ, Manchester Street Poem and Manchester Homelessness Partnership; 'Learning from Experience: Researching and Writing about Arts and Homelessness' and the launch of a review of international arts/homelessness evaluation and reseach, hosted by Phyllida Shaw and Katie Bruce; 'The Value of Non-Issue-Based Art Practice', hosted by the Booth Centre; 'The Arts as Tools for Community Held Justice', hosted by Julian Diego, Sketch (Toronto). 

16.50   World Café feedback and pledges: Delegates are invited to make pledges of their actions on the Pledge Wall.

Evening events – see Festival Programme.

 

Day 2 - Friday 16th November - Policy

Conference at The Whitworth Grand Hall and break-out spaces around the gallery: 09.00-17.30.

9.00     Breakfast available.

9.45     Welcome 

9.55     Panel: How Manchester has integrated people who are and have been homeless and the arts into the homelessness strategy. Beth Knowles (Chair of With One Voice) leads a panel including John Organ (Manchester Homelessness Charter), Amanda Croome (Booth Centre), Fee Plumley (Cultural Partnership Framework, WOV) and Leonie Bell (Paisley Partnership, Cultural Regeneration)  

11.00   Creative slot.

11.10   Mini PechaKuchas No. 3: Bite-sized introductions to arts/homelessness projects across the globe.

11.30   Tea Break.

11.45   Legislative Theatre Workshop: Led by Theatre of the Oppressed, NYC.

13.15   Lunch provided by Back on Track social enterprise.

14.20   Mini PechKuchas No. 4: Bite-sized introductions to arts/homelessness projects across the globe.

14.50   World Café Conversations: Delegates can join conversations around key questions in the arts/homelessness sector including: 'What powers do the right to culture and the 'right to the city' hold?', hosted by Laura Ratling, Creative Producer; 'Pay for Art - How do we Create a Structure of Fair Pay?', hosted by Helen Wewiora, Castlefield Gallery; 'Arts and Hidden Homelessness - from rural communities to people leaving care and people living in squats', hosted by Lucinda Meredith, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmonds; 'What could be done at a practical level to make homelessness provision better for LGBTQIA+ people', hosted by The Men's Room; 'Campaigning' hosted by Cardboard Citizens; 'Cultural Spaces continued - new buildings and more'

16.00   Tea break.

16.30   World Café feedback and pledges: Delegates are invited to make pledges of their actions on the Pledge Wall.

Evening events – see Festival Programme.

 

Day 3 – Open Day! 

Greater Manchester is opening its doors to over 50 events in the arts and homelessness sector including cultural venues, homelessness centres, and pop-ups on the streets.

See Festival Programme for details.
 

Day 4 - Final wrap-up and Closing Event

Conference at The Whitworth 09.00-14.00, then Mayfield Depot for the Closing Event.

9.00     Breakfast available.

9.45     Welcome.

9.55     Mini PechaKuchas No. 5: Bite-sized introductions to arts/homelessness projects across the globe.

10.15   World Café: Final conversations and discussions including legacy projects.

11.45   Tea break.

12.00   Final thoughts, pledges, and actions for the future.

13.15   Lunch provided by Back on Track social enterprise.

15.00   Closing Summit & Festival Event: Man on Bench Fairytale by David Tovey with Museum of Homelessness at Mayfield Depot (booking required).

 

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