Culture Cares Conference 2021

Tue 16 November 2021 Archive
How arts and culture are making a positive impact and creating pathways in the lives of care-experienced young people.

Following the successful launch of Culture Cares in 2018, the conference returned for 2021 both in-person at Derby Theatre and livestreamed online.

About Culture Cares

In the context of the current Care Review (England), this is our second conference bringing the cultural and care sectors together for insightful and lively conversations, presentations and workshops.

The day features a brand-new performance co-created with care-experienced young people, commissioned by Arts Council England for this event.

Produced by care-experienced young people, this nationally significant event enabled delegates to:

– Extend and update their practice as an artist, policy maker, care sector/arts professional or educationalist through examples of inspirational work

– Join practitioners and speakers to explore what is making a positive impact on the lives of young people in care and care leavers

– Hear from the young people themselves who will be sharing their thoughts and questions with delegates

– Experience an insight into the lives of young people in care through an inspiring performance that has been co-created with them


Main House


Time: 10am - 5pm (Registration from 9am)

Booking Information

Please Note: only one ticket per booking can be purchased. For group bookings, each party member must be booked invidividually to allow all delegates’ choices to be selected.

During the day there will be two Breakout Sessions, both in the afternoon at 1:30pm and 3pm.

For in-person bookings, you must choose two workshops to attend from the options available during these sessions. Early booking advised to secure your preferred choices.

To view the workshops available, download our Culture Cares Conference 2021 In-Person Workshop Guide:

– Download In-Person Workshop Guide as a PDF

– Download In-Person Workshop Guide as a Word Document

Once you have chosen, simply add your tickets to your basket and you will be asked to select your workshop choices through a drop-down menu.

Lunch will be provided at Derby Theatre for the in-person conference attenders. You will be asked to let us know of any dietary requirements when booking tickets.

The Culture Cares Conference can also be attended online, with all speakers, performances and presentations being livestreamed from Derby Theatre and breakout sessions held on Zoom.

For any online attendees, you will attend two set breakout sessions at 1:30pm and 3pm. You can find out more about the online workshops by downloading our Culture Cares Conference 2021 Online Workshop Guide:

– Download Online Workshop Guide as a PDF

– Download Online Workshop Guide as a Word Document

After booking, livestream and Zoom links will be sent nearer to the time.

£60 for individuals

£100 for members of organisations and charities

£50 online conference

Please Note: only one ticket per booking can be purchased. For group bookings, each party member must be booked invidividually to allow all delegates’ choices to be selected.


9am – 10am: Registration

10am – 10:15am: Official Welcome from Lucy & Sam (Plus One Ambassadors)

10:15am – 11am: Plus One Performance

11am – 11:30am: Break

11:30am – 11:50am: Key Note Speaker Darren Henley (Chief Executive, Arts Council England)

11:50am – 12pm: Presentation by Emily Bowman (Deputy CEO, The Mighty Creatives)

12pm – 12:30pm: Key Note Speaker Ashley John Baptiste (Journalist and Presenter)

12:30am – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Breakout Session 1

2:30pm – 3pm: Break

3pm – 4pm: Breakout Session 2

4:15pm – 5pm: Sophie Willan, Final Reflections and Call To Action from Young People

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

– Sophie Willan – Award-winning actor, comedian and writer of Alma’s Not Normal

– Darren Henley – Arts Council England’s Chief Executive

– Ashley John-Baptiste – Acclaimed BBC broadcaster and presenter who grew up in the care system from the age of four and was nominated for the Young Talent of the Year award at this year’s RTS Television Journalism Awards.

Ashley says: “As a child growing up in care, music became a sacred outlet for me – it was my place of expression, safety and making sense of my trauma.

Creativity allowed me to navigate the care system, and I think it’s remarkable that this Culture Cares conference delves into that important intersection of care and culture. Whoever attends this event, will be richer because of it.”

The conference has been developed by Derby Theatre, Plus One and DCEP in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Young People Leaving Care funding stream partners, including Curious Monkey, Blue Cabin and Articulate.

This is a radical investment programme with the aim of challenging and changing injustice and structural inequality for care leavers.  We are very excited that they will be joining us to lead many of our breakout sessions to share their approaches.

Photography by Chris Webb: Culture Cares Conference 2018 featuring attendees, Plus One participants, performance Leaving by Curious Monkey and performance Trust In Care by Nathan Geering.

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