A Cultural Future For Bournemouth, Christchurch And Poole

Monday 23rd March 2020
09.30 – 17.00
Lighthouse Poole


In light of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following advice from central and local government, we are postponing this event. A revised date will be confirmed in due course.

In the meantime, we’re forging ahead with public consultation about culture across the conurbation and we’d love to hear your views. Your contribution will feed into discussions at the rescheduled conference and help us build a long-term cultural strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Please take two minutes to fill in our short online surveys below and choose your top three priorities around culture for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

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We hope you stay well at this difficult time.

Best wishes from all of us.

Join us for a morning session of fantastic speakers reviewing the outcomes of the Cultural Enquiry and find out about the BCP Cultural Collective – an independent body linking the Cultural Sector with Business, Healthcare and Education. Or come for the whole day and also enjoy four workshops dissecting the key themes of the Enquiry.


Delegates attending the full day will take part in workshops on the three key themes identified in the Cultural Enquiry – Talent, Infrastructure and Quality of Place – and an additional workshop on Outdoor Festivals, identified as a development option for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Online surveys are also available on these topics for those who can’t attend. See below for the full event schedule and ticket links. 

Conference Event Schedule

Morning Session

09.30 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.45 Introduction

By Dick Penny (Former Watershed MD) and Isabel Garcia-Godoy (Arts University Bournemouth Student)

Thoughts from: 

Councillor Vikki Slade (Leader of BCP Council)
Culture in the Conurbation

Phil Gibby (Arts Council England) 
BCP Cultural Compact 

Chair of Cultural Enquiry Steering Group Prof. Stuart Bartholomew CBE

Dr Tom Fleming (Tom Fleming Consultancy) 
BCP Cultural Enquiry 

10.45 - 11.20 Speakers

Prof. Emma Hunt (Arts University Bournemouth) 

Bill Cotton (BCP Council)

Phil Richardson (Our NHS Dorset)
Quality of Place

Angus MacKechnie (Outdoor Arts UK) 
Outdoor Festivals 

Natasha Player (Umoja Arts Network)
Community and Diversity

Mark Cribb (Urban Guild)
Tourism and Business  

11.20 Tea Break

Full Day

A Full Day ticket also includes workshops, lunch and a feedback session. Click here to download your workshop guide. 

11.35 - 12.20 Workshop Session 1
12.20 - 13.05 Workshop Session 2
13.05 - 14.05 Lunch and Networking

Menu available here. 

14.05 - 14.50 Workshop Session 3
14.50 - 15.35 Workshop Session 4
15.35 - 15.50 Tea Break
15.50 - 16.50 Feedback & Reflections
16.50 - 17.00 Thanks and Wrap Up

Thanks and wrap up by Dick Penny and Cllr Mark Howell (Deputy Leader of BCP Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture). 

17.00 - 18.00 Networking

Drinks available to purchase at the bar. 

Pre-booking essential (Limited places available)

Morning and Full Day Event Tickets Are Free 

For those unable to attend the conference, a livestream of the morning speakers and afternoon wrap-up sessions, and a post-conference video of the same sessions will be available on this website. Online surveys on the four workshop topics and on the creation of a long-term cultural vision for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are available here: 


Hosts and Introductory Speakers

Morning Speakers and Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Summarisers

Conference Team

Additional Information

Delegate packs will be distributed electronically a week prior to the event (paper copies will NOT be available at the conference) 

The whole day is fully accessible. Please contact us about your accessibility needs including wheelchair spaces, signing for the deaf and large print. An accessibility guide is available here

For further information about the conference please contact leigh.hayler@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or 01202 454746