Provoking Change: The Arts & Kindness Conversation

Tuesday 12 November 9.30am – 5pm
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS

People United are hosting a symposium on arts, social-action and kindness on the eve of World Kindness Day 2019.

We’ve held back a limited number of spaces to offer out to our social networks on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Attendance is free, so if you would like to attend and join in with the conversation please email [email protected]

The symposium will celebrate the publication of our third research report Taking Care and its companion methodology resource Navigating with Kindness. It will involve presentations and debate on how the arts can and should influence radical change – particularly in the context of our challenging social, political and environmental landscape.

We’ll be discussing why kindness is more important than ever – on an individual, community and structural scale; looking at the role of the arts in encouraging empathy and embedding prosocial behaviour; asking what’s being done and what needs to be done, what are our aspirations and how can we shift from aspiration to action to impact? Are there limitations, where are the boundaries and how do we push them? How can the arts change our world?

Speakers include: Darren Henley (CEO, Arts Council England), R.M. Sánchez-Camus (artist and co-founder of the Social Arts Network), Bernadette Russell (storyteller), Jane Steele (Director of Evidence and Learning at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation), Ben Thurman (co-author of The Practice of Kindness at the Carnegie Trust), Michele Gregson (General Secretary, National Society for Education in Art and Design), Matt Peacock MBE (Founder and Director, With One Voice) and Lizzie Hodgson (Global consultant on tech, media and society).

Alongside keynote speakers, we’re looking forward to provocative panel debates and lively table talk, with lots of opportunity to discuss key themes and challenges that arise during the day, and a pledge-based activity geared towards World Kindness Day.

We hope that by provoking us to think deeply about the radical nature of the arts and the power it has to change the world, our discussions will spark new ideas, forge new friendships and encourage future action and research.

Just a reminder, this allocation is on a ‘first come first served’ basis, so you’ll need to be quick to grab one. We’ll let you know either way by 31st October.