The event will be taking place over Zoom. There will be breaks and opportunities to interact. And if you get a knock at the door, someone seeking out a snack or similar, don’t worry. We know what it’s like when you’re working from home.

(Pssst… scroll down for a PDF download of the programme and speaker profiles.)

10am – 10.10am
Welcome and introductions


10.10am – 10.30am
Alan Lane (Slung Low) – When the Bubble Bursts

Slung Low makes large-scale outdoor theatre in city centres with hundreds of people  about political change. They also run a Cultural Community College. A few years, Slung Low took over management of the oldest working men’s club in Britain. It’s been a hell of a ride. Useful, frustrating, joyful and, at times, a little scary. At a time when people complain the arts are in a bubble, Alan will talk about what happens when the bubble bursts.

10.30am – 10.50am
Grace Harrison (Kitty’s Laundrette) – Get Your Wash On

Founding member of Kitty’s, Grace Harrison outlines how a group of Liverpool residents began to reimagine the humble and well-loved laundrette. Following the development over roughly four years, and exploring the role of creativity in the process to establish a real neighbourhood social enterprise.

10.50am – 11.10am
Alex Barker (Be More Pirate) – Causing Good Trouble: How to be More Pirate

Be More Pirate, the bestselling book by Sam Conniff, tells the untold history of the Golden Age Pirates – how they took on the establishment, rewrote the rules of their day, and were the original social entrepreneurs. Sam’s Right Hand Pirate, Alex, will explain how the book has sparked a global movement, encouraging organisations from Google to the NHS to start breaking the mould, and why rebellion has now become the responsible choice.

11.10am – 11.20am


11.20am – 11.40am
Edward Boott (Nonsuch) – Doing The Sh*t Hot Good

Edward Boott is the Artist Director and CEO of Nonsuch in Nottingham which he founded aged 20 in 2013. Starting out is hard and growing things is tough but it’s all worth it when you start doing things you love and making change happen. From building projects and track record, gaining experience and making your own budgets when funders won’t play ball, hear how Nonsuch did it and how you can too!

11.40am – 12pm


12pm – 12.30pm
What next?

A chance to hear what’s out there to help you take your next steps in developing your cultural enterprise. This includes more information from First Art as well as details about the Prince’s Trust’s Explore Enterprise programme that provides business support, mentoring and potential funding for 18 – 30 year olds.


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