This is an invitation to the final What Next Devon meeting of the year on the 1st December.
What Next is a national movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture in our society.
This month, we'll be at the fabulous Dartington Hall and will here from the even more fabulous Rhodri Samuel.
Rhodri became the Chief Executive of Dartington Trust last year. By looking to the founding values of the estate, Rhodri is developing exciting plans for the future of the organisation. I've had the pleasure of listening to him speak about the wide range of influences on his thinking and have been inspired by his openness and honesty in wrestling with the challenges of leading a complex cultural organisaiton in the twenty-first century.
Where is it?
We'll be in the Ship Studio in the West Wing of Dartington Hall.
When does it start?
We kick off at 4pm. It's only an hour but you can head to the White Hart round the corner.
More on What Next
"What Next is an experiment. We are not constituted and strive to remain non-hierarchical, open and responsive to best meet the needs of our chapter attenders. We aim to be responsive to the changing climate and the ideas of everyone who gets involved.
The power of the movement is in its people who voluntarily come together and collectively take action around issues that affect everyone. No one is part of What Next for their own individual agenda but for the issues and challenges that face us all."
More on Rhodri
"I began my career after university working in arts management and production (theatre, film and music), including a stint at the Bath International Music Festival. This led to a long-term association with Bath and a desire to play an active role in helping the city to imagine and move towards a more creative, inventive and entrepreneurial future. I have worked with a wide range of partners across the cultural, business, environmental, education, health and community sectors to initiate and deliver a series of pioneering projects.
Achievements include leading the long-term Future for Bath Vision, the Bath City Identity Project (bringing the community together to create a new story for Bath) and a major long-term strategy and delivery programme to transform streets and public spaces across the city. I have also led and overseen the delivery of a series of major master-plan, design and regeneration projects within the challenging World Heritage Site environment of Bath, several of which have won national and international awards. Working closely and collaboratively with a broad range of local people and organisations has always been central to my approach.
Until recently, I was Managing Director of the Craneworks project, a social enterprise to create a new centre for invention and making in Bath. I am particularly interested in bringing together creative, talented and entrepreneurial people from different backgrounds and disciplines to make interesting things happen. I set up the Creative Bath and Bath Bridge networks."
Some interesting reading from last month's meeting
Devon's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: http://www.devonhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/jsna/
A Matter Of Conviction: A Blueprint for Community-Based Prisons: https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/a-matter-of-conviction-a-blueprint-for-community-based-prisons
Space is limted for this one so please book a place to avoid having to stand outside with your ear pressed to the door.
And please share this invite with anyone who you think may be interested.