European Creative Hubs Network was invited to participate on CONNECT! Creative Europe Desk UK Forum on the Value of Networks, a forum wich aim was exploring why participating in networks is so vital, how to make the most of them, why the sector flourishes when working in networks, and what you lose out on by working alone.
This took place at Barbican, London, on 12 Sep 2018.
One of the main aims of the event is to encourage cross-sector learning and knowledge sharing, and both the speakers and audience will be a mix of creative professionals from the UK and Europe covering areas such as theatre, film, museums, dance, video games and visual arts among others.
While many speakers were involved in European networks and are beneficiaries of Creative Europe, there are also contributors who are part of unrelated UK- based networks (such as the Arts Marketing Association, the Creative Diversity Network and Ada’s list) to provide a wider perspective on the benefits of networks and collaboration of all kinds.
Tânia Santos was representing European Creative Hubs Network as a panelist on one of the Breakout Sessions: ‘How do you put a network together?’ In this session, Tânia shared some ideas and thoughts with John Peto, Head of Education from The Nerve Centre; Neil Butler from IN SITU Network and Amy Firth, Head of Marketing – Membership from AMA – Arts Marketing Association (moderator), about some where to start when setting up a network, the unexpected challenges and how professionals and organisations can benefit from taking part in in these systems.
During the day, it was possible to meet and networking with the representatives of several european networks (both old and new) as IETM, PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Diversity Network, Ada’s List, EDN – European Documentary Network / Mosaic Films, among others.