bgen Annual Conference 2017: Growing Your Audience PROGRAMME

The theme of the bgen Conference 2017 focuses on Growing Your Audience. The varied programme of talks, workshops and special events will offer new perspectives on how organisations can use art, science and heritage to appeal to a wider audience or deepen their relationship with existing audiences.

PROGRAMME

Evening networking activities for delegates arriving on Tuesday 7th November

Wednesday 8th November 2017

9.15 – 10am Registration and coffee
10am Welcome and Introduction to Glasnevin & Themed Tours
11.45am BREAK
12.15-1pm TALK: ‘Walking the walk while talking the talk’ Éanna Ní Lamhna, broadcaster
1.00 – 2pm LUNCH
2.00 – 3.00pm Workshop Session 1:

Engaging disadvantaged communities through story, Andy Crofts and Max Coleman, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Inquiry-based learning in the Garden, Sandra Austin, Marino Institute of Education

3.00 – 3.30pm Graphic Studio
3.30 – 4.00pm BREAK
4.00 – 5.00pm Building, bonding and beyond: How art can grow and develop new audiences
 5pm Botanical Cocktails and bgen AGM

Thursday 9th November 2017

8am Wicklow Tour to visit education and interpretation programmes at National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh and Glendalough.
LUNCH
 1.45 – 2.45pm Telling Ireland’s Story – Learnings for Visitor Attractions Mark Henry,  Tourism Ireland and Rory McCarthy, Fáilte Ireland
2.45 – 3.05pm BREAK
3.05 – 4.20pm Workshop Session 2:

Growing for good: reaching new audiences at RHS Garden Wisley, Ian Thomson and Kate Orchard, Royal Horticultural Society

Making connections, Joanne Bradshaw, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Engaging disadvantaged communities through story, Andy Crofts and Max Coleman, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

4.20 – 5.20pm  Speed Making – Pocket sized!
5.20pm CLOSE
7.30pm CONFERENCE DINNER

Friday 10th November 2017

9.15 – 10.30am Workshop session 3:

Muck and Magic – learning through natural science, Dale Treadwell, Naturally Wild

Using creative writing to reach new audiencesCaoimhe Creed, Dublin Castle

Growing for good: reaching new audiences at RHS Garden Wisley, Ian Thomson and Kate Orchard, Royal Horticultural Society

10.30 – 11.30am TALK: Place Based Learning, Áine Bird, Burrenbeo Trust
11.30am – 12.45pm Workshop session 4:

Muck and Magic – learning through natural science, Dale Treadwell, Naturally Wild

Using creative writing to reach new audiencesCaoimhe Creed, Dublin Castle

How musical play enhances learning and wellbeing, Stuart Wood MBE, Guildhall School of Music and Drama / Wellcome Trust

12.45pm CONFERENCE CLOSE, lunch available

 

For further information, contact the bgen Coordinator: info@bgen.org.uk or 0734 113 1965