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Symposium | Creating Community: Exploring Values Led Engagement

Share your insights, passion, and expertise

This one-day symposium, taking place on 18 March 2024, will be a melting pot of ideas, inspiration, and meaningful connections.

21 years ago the Community Programme was founded on a clear set of values and principles that have shaped and defined it for the past two decades, driven by the core notion that every participant’s unique journey as an artist remains front and centre in programme development and delivery. Whilst the values and principles have remained the same, the programme has constantly evolved and developed.

As we come of age we have been reflecting on the concept of values-led engagement, what it means for us and for the cultural sector, both now and in the future.

Join us and colleagues from across the cultural sector and beyond, for a one-day symposium to explore values led engagement, what it means, its challenges, its successes and its potential to impact people’s lives for the better. There will be opportunity for informal conversation and reflection with colleagues, alongside a programme of speakers and facilitated workshops.

There will be time included in the symposium programme to explore the Gallery, with an optional evening reception the day before and access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Pallant House Gallery is producing this event in collaboration with Engage, the leading charity for promoting engagement and participation in the visual arts.

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The symposium will discuss the following themes, exploring theory, practice and experience:

What is Values-led engagement to you and/or your organisation?

(Possible discussion points: definitions, implementation, a whole organisation approach, long term vision)


What skills and attributes do we need to facilitate successful community engagement?

(Possible discussion points: reflective practice, cross sectoral working, networks, leadership, training)


What are meaningful outcomes for Community Engagement?

(Possible discussion points: wellbeing, personal development, inclusion, autonomy, accessibility, equity, social impact)


How do we engage with communities for the long term?

(Possible discussion points: adaptability, partnership working, programming, capacity, funding)



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We have a fantastic selection of speakers from across the sector from a variety of different organisations:

  • Trish Scott, King’s College London
  • Alex Woodall, GLAM Cares
  • Jane Sillis & Hannah Gaunt, Engage
  • Kate Maple, Southampton Forward
  • Becky Waite & Laura Yates, Bluecoat Liverpool
  • Lucy Elmes, Take A Part CIO
  • Flora Kay, The Barber Institute

We will release more information on our speakers in the new year.

Practical information

Here is a list of hotel and B&B accommodation in central Chichester:

Cherry End Bed and Breakfast, 3 Clydesdale Avenue, Chichester, PO19 7PW

Chichester Cathedral 4 Canon Lane, Chichester

Chichester Inn, 38 West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RP

East Walls Hotel, 3 East Row, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1PD

Harbour Hotel, 57 North Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1NH

OYO George and Dragon Inn, 51 North Street, Chichester

Premier Inn, Chichester Gate Leisure Park, Terminus Road, Chichester, PO19 8EL

Purchases, 31 North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LX

The Vestry, Southgate, Chichester, PO19 1ES

Travelodge Chichester Central, Chapel Street, Chichester, PO19 1DL

Trents Greene King Inns, 50 South Street, Chichester, PO19 1DS

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