When: 9th October -9.00am-4.000pm
Where: Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter.

The delivery of public services is undergoing significant changes.

The impact of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review coupled with national and local policy changes is presenting significant challenges to those that:-

  • design and commission services
  •  provide services
  • need and use public services

As budgets shrink, commissioners and providers need to consider more innovative approaches to maximise scarce resources and achieve positive outcomes for the people and communities they serve.

This conference will explore the challenges faced by commissioners along with the positive contributions that the arts and culture sector can offer both in the the design and provision of effective services, and in contributing to the achievement of community wellbeing and good social outcomes. The conference will draw on the experience of Devon County Council, who will openly share the challenges and opportunities they are currently facing.

This event aims to provide a platform for national and local commissioners along with representatives from arts and cultural organisations, charities, social enterprises, not for profit organisations, libraries and museums to consider the benefits of commissioning arts/culture activities to affect positive social outcomes and how this can be achieved.

To support this, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of regional and local speakers who will highlight some of the issues and provide examples of local arts and cultural initiatives that have contributed to individual and community well-being. Facilitated discussion activities will also form a key part of the event to:-

  • Challenge current thinking
  • Identify the key messages for both commissioners and providers
  • And consider how opportunities can be better aligned to deliver good social outcomes.

There will also be opportunities during the day for more informal networking and for local providers to show case some of their work.

The event will take place at Exeter Library, recently cited by the Guardian as the most innovative public library in England. The library re-opened in May 2014 following a £4.1million redevelopment and is the first public library in the UK to feature a Fab Lab (a fabrication laboratory offering a range of digital prototyping equipment including 3-D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers).