The Start of Something

The Start of Something was a platform for conversation between different parties within the region, to explore issues and topics deemed relevant to the region’s visual arts community, expand the community of interest, encourage collaboration and stimulate ideas, and ultimately to make things happen.

We invited people working within or with relevance to the East Midlands’ visual sector to propose a conversation to enable people to envision could happen here, for the benefit of artists, organisations and audiences. This could be new networks, projects or opportunities.

Proposals for conversations were invited at any time. We considered how each conversation would benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region and supported those that best addressed our aims to:

• engage artists and organisations in tackling common issues resulting in new ways of working and more informed decision making
• support collaborative working across the region leading to new opportunities, new experiences and new networks
• celebrate and promote contemporary arts in the region, from making to presenting.

Conversations could take any form be it a conference, a walk, a meal, a workshop, whatever was the most suitable format for each discussion.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we supported.