Arts World

Here is where we share thoughts and debates about the arts sector and culture in the wider world.

See some of the blogs we’ve published (right or below, depending on your screen). Please do get in touch if you have comments or responses to anything you see here, or have something you’d like to share on this page.

There are also some blogs specifically about Jabberwocky Market Pop-Up Theatre Events here.

Below, watch (or listen to) some of our In Conversation events in full. In Conversations are our discussion events in which invited speakers from across the arts and beyond gather to share thoughts, ideas and experiences on specific topics in front of audiences for just an hour each; they are a record of special moments in time when those people were in a room together, talking to develop everyone’s thinking.

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Mobility and Change, 2019, featuring Caroline Williams, artist and creator of the show Now Is The Time To Say Nothing and Fran Wood, founder of the charity Darlington Assistance for Refugees ,chaired by Caroline Pearce; taking place at Darlington’s Quaker Meeting House.

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Room for More, 2018, featuring Miriam Sherwood and Thom Andrewes from the show Rendezvous in Bratislava, and Jade Byrne, associate artist and creator of Pricks, chaired by Kerami Roberts; taking place at Polam School’s Liddiard Theatre foyer.

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Play, 2017, featuring artists Kirsty Harris and Hazel Anderson, Ed Patrick aka Kid Carpet and chaired by Miranda Thain of Theatre Hullabaloo; taking place in Paines Plough’s Roundabout venue, on location in Darlington’s market square.

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Truth & Compassion, 2016, featuring artists Kirsten Luckins, Joe Sellman-Leava, Rhiannon Armstrong, Conrad Murray and Will Taylor, chaired by Steve Gilroy of Northumbria University and Live Theatre; taking place in Polam School’s Liddiard Theatre.

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World Class, 2015, featuring business leader Haani Hasnain, Bill Vince from Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre’s David Jubb and chaired by renowned writer and thinker, Maddy Costa; taking place in Be Premiere hair salon.

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In spring 2015 we had another discussion event on the topic of Touring and how great that is for the artists who do it and the audiences around the country, featuring director Amy Golding, producer Katie Duffy, performer Adam Farrell and director Nel Crouch, with chair Ayla Huseyinoglu; unfortunately the recording was lost but it looked like this, taking place in Voodoo Cafe.

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How Social Conflict Affects the Development of Theatre, 2014, featuring Nir Paldi from Theatre Ad Infinitum with artist Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh and chaired by Stella Hall, Director of Festival of Thrift; taking place in Voodoo Cafe, Darlington.

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The Power of Personal Stories, 2014, featuring artists Will Dickie, Jo Hellier, John Berkavitch with  chair Lynda Winstanley, Director of Darlington Civic Theatre; taking place in the Conservatory Bar of the Civic Theatre.

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Epic in the Everyday, 2013, featuring Leandra Ashton and Marta Isabella Rizi from Flying Cloud Theatre, Jessica Latowicki and Christopher Brett Bailey from Made in China Theatre, chaired by Katy Milne, Director of Greenfield Arts; taking place in the cafe in Darlington’s famous indoor market.

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