CAKE 39: Small Stories and Great Communities
Small Stories and Great Communities
Creative Fuse in Action
Date: Thursday 24th June
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Our June networking event, CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange), will take place on Thursday 24th June. CAKE 39: Small Stories and Creat communities will focus on local stories of creativity and their role in the development of strong community identities. Our speakers will share their experiences of community interventions based on local talent and enthusiasm and the lasting impact of such collaboration, in the streets where we live.
CAKE 39 focuses on how creativity can support the development of strong community identities with stories of talent, enthusiasm and action aiming to inspire. We’ll hear about current projects targeting community development through the arts and social change through creative intervention. We’ll also be joined by the creators of our Creative Fuse small stories to reflect on lived experiences of innovation in action. For those who like a discussion, we’ll be having breakout sessions considering how best we can get our small stories to the wider world.
Whatever your professional background, our CAKE events are designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration. To help this along, this month we’re also having a networking session before the event, starting at 9:45.
We hope you can join us!
Lily Daniels – Churches Conservation Trust
Seventeen Nineteen works to bring heritage to life through creativity and conversation, during lockdown small successes and moments of connection were hard to find. Participation and Engagement Officer, Lily Daniels, will host a conversation between volunteers and participants to share those little moments of connection and creativity. We’ll be asking little questions and making little pieces of art while we chat and hope you find some small way to take part.
Suzy O’Hara – Seascapes
Suzy O’Hara, curator and Research Fellow at Sunderland University is leading a two-year creative engagement project entitled Seascapes Co/Labs. Seascapes Co/Labs are community focused creative labs, designed to catalyse our natural curiosity about the world we live in. Each lab will bring together Seascapes project partners, artists, academics and coastal communities to draw out the untold stories hidden within this coastline.
Seascapes focuses on the natural, cultural and industrial heritage of the often overlooked Magnesian Limestone coast between the Rivers Tyne and Tees. It has a marine and coastal footprint that covers from the River Tyne to the River Tees and six nautical miles out to sea. The aim of the project is to stimulate communities to have a real and positive impact on our natural world and will make sure that it can still be enjoyed by future generations. Seascapes is the only scheme of its kind to be supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.
Facilitated by Rebecca Ball – Sunderland Culture
Rebecca Ball is Creative Director and Interim Chief Executive at Sunderland Culture where she is responsible for leading the organisation’s artistic and cultural programme across National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Arts Centre Washington, The Fire Station and through city-wide programmes such as Great Place. Prior to this, Rebecca led the creation of Sunderland’s bid for UK City of Culture and was the Director of The Cultural Spring, Sunderland and South Tyneside’s Creative People and Places programme.
Joined by creators of our small stories to reflect of lived experiences
Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration. The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop app.
CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East’s monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors and wider economy. Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.*
“Not only was the event interesting and enjoyable but, for my company, it was an opportunity to make new connections. It has created new opportunities for Living Archive Limited, at a time in the company’s development where such opportunities are crucial for survival… The CAKE event was a chance to step back for a moment and focus on the bigger picture, and this has been very valuable to me.”
[Dr. Nick Williams Founder, Living Archive Limited]
*[when we return safely to in-person events]