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The Big Gathering

The arts and creative sector are in crisis due to the impacts of Covid. We are all facing loss on a scale that we couldn’t have imagined.

Our sector is vital to the recovery of NI. We are strongest when we converse, collaborate and speak with similar messages, nuanced to reflect our diversity and creativity. This is why the Arts Collaboration Network membership organisations are holding the Big Gathering.

The Big Gathering is to bring people from across the sector together to:
• build on the many conversations already taking place and open them up
• strengthen our sector’s voice in the recovery and its influence of what’s possible.
• demonstrate the importance of collaboration and that it is a vital ingredient in helping us all to get through this.

It will take place on Zoom on 19th August, 2:00 – 3:30pm.
2pm Welcome and Intros
2.15pm Update on we’ve done so far
2.30pm Q&A
2.50pm What Next?
3.20pm Wrap Up
3.30pm Finish

The Big Gathering is for anyone who is involved with the arts and creative ecology.

Arts Collaboration Network (ACN) is an informal network of the sector resource and organisations across Northern Ireland. The people involved are Margaret Henry, thrive, Niamh Flanagan, Theatre and Dance NI, Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI, Rob Hilken & Noel Kelly, Visual Artists Ireland, Kevin Murphy, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Katherine McDonald, Craft NI, Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah, Sarah Jones, Creative & Cultural Skills, Peter Richards, Belfast Visual Arts Forum, Sophie Hayles, Crescent Arts Centre, Jane Morrow, University of Atypical and Jenna Hall, Belfast Community Circus School.

We responded to Covid-19 by seeking to bring people together and broaden dialogue, as others have done, not as a representative body for the sector but a network of people who work in the sector.

Things are changing at such a pace. It’s hard to keep up & not feel anxious. It feels like the right time for a chance to get together so we hope you’ll come along.

To sign up, click here.