Tickets for Wild Conference go on sale, delegates get the chance to pay what they decide

Alan Lane

Alan Lane

On Tuesday 12 March tickets will go on sale for Wild Conference, a new kind of national arts conference that has been commissioned by Arts Council England and produced by award-winning performance company Slung Low.

 In line with Slung Low’s democratic and inclusive approach to all the company’s activities, each delegate will decide how much to pay for a ticket/place to/at Wild Conference. Operating beyond the market Slung Low’s Pay What You Decide policy is a ten-year experiment in value, worth and thinking. Those interested in attending Wild Conference are encouraged to book via the Slung Low website. Only after they have received a series of announcements and further information will delegates commit to making a payment.

 Wild Conference will take place on 4 and 5 July around a large camp fire in the grounds of Temple Newsam, Leeds. Designed to provide the space, time and inspiration to encourage new and innovative thinking in the delegates it is hoped that the event will inspire creative solutions to pressures facing the cultural sector.

 With a brief to provoke and challenge current and future leaders from arts, museums and libraries, Slung Low are devising this reimagined event to be of wide interest and useful to as many people from the sector as possible.

 Together with a Curation Panel of eleven artists and producers drawn from the cultural industries, Slung Low is assembling an unusually broad list of speakers and contributors. Leaders from a diverse range of disciplines – from science to sport, farming to healthcare, academia to activism – all with compelling stories to tell, will be invited to stimulate discussion, trigger new thoughts and inspire delegates to be the drivers of change in their industry.

 Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low, said: “The problems facing the cultural sector are urgent and demand our collective efforts alongside determined, inspiring leadership. Wild Conference has been designed to engage and empower those willing to lead to spend some time preparing the plans of action we need. To come together and hear from leaders in the worlds of science, politics, sport and religion, to recharge our thinking and determination.

Gathered around a big bonfire, under wide summer skies, delegates at Wild Conference can expect a free-thinking, mind-shifting couple of days. A chance to step out of the regular rhythm of their lives and see things from a fresh perspective.”

 Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “Wild Conference will push current and future arts and cultural leaders to challenge the status quo and come up with new ideas, reinvigorating the ambitions and direction of the sector. Diversity of thought is paramount in allowing fresh perspectives to flourish, and so we are particularly excited to announce Slung Low’s Pay What You Decide Policy, which demonstrates their determination to curate a truly inclusive thought-leadership event.”

Curation Panel

Abigail Greenland: Co-Director Rash Dash.

David Cahill-Roots: an arts producer currently working for Wellcome Collection co-producing new work in performance and visual arts with partners across the country.

Emily Lim: makes theatre with communities to affect social change. She is currently a resident director at the National Theatre and an associate artist of Company Three. 

Geraldine Collinge: Director of Events and Exhibitions, RSC.

Helen Goalen: Co-Director Rash Dash.

Maddy Costa: writes about theatre and live art online in fanzines and in collaboration with others.

Natalie Ibu: Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi.

Nickie Miles-Wildin: independent theatre maker/director.

Rani Moorthy: writer, performer and artistic director of Rasa Productions Ltd.

Tobi Kyeremateng: the Executive Producer (Up Next) for BABYLON Festival at Bush Theatre, Producer at Apples and Snakes and founder of Black Ticket Project initiative.

Zodwa Nyoni: poet and playwright.