Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference 2021: Activism for Social Change

On May 27th we delivered the 3rd Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference, online this year due to the continuing Covid -19 restrictions. Entitled Activism for Social Change, our speakers were Panya Banjoko and Anna Vinegrad.

  • Panya Banjoko, a Nottingham based poet, archivist and founder of the Nottingham Black Archive in 2009, gave a presentation entitled Nottingham Black Archive as Activism.
  • Anna Vinegrad, Director of Communications at Artichoke a charity that produces some of the most celebrated outdoor art experiences in recent times gave her talk entitled Transforming Lives Through Art.

The advantage of being online this year meant that delegates were able to attend from further afield, one delegation even joined us from Africa. Attendees entered into a lively discussion about Activism and how the Arts can contribute towards raising awareness of issues and imparting important messages.

To end the conference delegates were invited to take part in an arts activity, to make a Heritage Data Selfie. Led by artist Cora Glasser, delegates assembled various data relating to a heritage asset of their choice and  made a creative visual statement using materials sent to them through the post.

The event was a great success as these comments from delegates illustrate:

‘I’ve had a fabulous and inspiring time’. DC

Thanks to all in our group for a lively discussion. Lots to take away from this’. CB

‘ This has been amazing, thank you so much!’. JB

A final thank you must go to Foundation Derbyshire, who  supported the conference by awarding a grant towards the costs.