Create Gloucestershire's 4th birthday bash: Art and (In)equality on 1 June 2015

There is a widening gap in who has access to wealth and opportunities - politically, socially and culturally. How can arts and culture tackle this head on?

Every year Create Gloucestershire holds a Creative Gathering where people can be inspired and challenged by artists and have an opportunity to think about what action they can take to change things.

We have a trailblazing line up of inspirational speakers to provoke our conversations:

Jenny Sealey - Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and Co-Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics. Graeae have been a "force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage." 

Stephen Pritchard - Founder and Executive Director of Dot to Dot Active Arts, an independent artist-led arts organisation, who work on socially engaged arts projects with communities in Northumberland and contributor to the Warwick Commission. 

Conrad Murray - is a Beatbox/Hip-Hop Theatre and Performance Maker and one half of the performance company Beats&Elements.  He creates work from a representational standpoint as a member of the working class and as someone who is half Indian.  He directs the Battersea Arts Centre Beatbox Academy.  

Malaki Patterson - Founder and Director of Scope Music Management and Founder of Studio 340 in Cheltenham. 

With the election results only a couple of weeks ago - and the proposed scrapping of the Human Rights Act and disability support funding cuts, this gathering is more important than ever. 

Our event will help us all better understand how the arts and culture can tackle some of the bigger political, social and cultural issues.  Once our inspirational speakers have fired us up, there will be a chance for us all to get stuck into exploring what this means for our own creative practice and what actions we can take to change things.  

We are delighted to be co-hosting this event with The University of Gloucestershire, as part of their Festival Fortnight and the Barnwood Trust, a local organisation that's all about creating inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods across Gloucestershire that buzz with friendship, support and kindness and focus on what's strong not wrong. 

Date: Monday 1 June 2015
Time: 2pm - 6pm with drinks and food from 5pm
Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Gloucester GL2 9HW
Cost: £5 (members/associates/students), £7 (non-members/associates)
Booking: tickets are available through our Eventbrite booking page here
Travel and parking: more details here