Over 50 people attended including representatives from the arts and cultural sector in Wakefield, local business owners and representatives from local community groups.
Guest speakers included Bev Ayre and Jack Welsh from COoL (Creative Organisations of Liverpool) and Anna Wiseman from Cultural Destinations Calderdale.
Group discussions resulted in some common themes that WAP members will explore further to develop a set of key priorities to focus on in the next year:
- Data – data gathering and collation around the Wakefield arts and cultural offer / current engagement / social and economic impact of activity
- Communications – collective communication about the Wakefield arts and cultural offer that is open to individual artists and larger organisations
- Strategy – a new cultural strategy for Wakefield
- Talent – support and develop local talent
- Collaboration – increased collaboration between the arts and cultural sector and other sectors such as health and wellbeing and local businesses
- Resources – sharing knowledge and resources / increased funding for collaborative events and activities