Imagine if… 2019: Save the date

24 April 2019

Imagine if… creative arts and cultural experiences supported children’s mental health from birth to adulthood

Conference: Wednesday 13 November 2019, Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

Imagine if... is Culture Bridge North East’s annual conference, which brings together delegates from the education and culture sectors to explore a key theme each year. Through a mixture of keynote speakers and interactive workshops, we aim for delegates to feel that they have:

  • been exposed to new ideas, challenging their thinking
  • had the opportunity to connect with others who share an interest in the theme
  • at least one thing to take back to their setting and do

In 2019, Imagine If will explore ways in which creative arts and cultural experiences might support children and young people’s mental health. We want to explore:

  • current issues in and thinking around children and young people’s mental health
  • ways in which schools and arts organisations are currently responding to children and young people’s mental health
  • the potential for creative arts and cultural experiences to better support children and young people’s mental health
  • the potential for creative arts and cultural experiences to support teachers’ mental health

Imagine if is a full day conference. The audience will be around 100 people. Through our booking process, we aim to ensure a 50/50 mixture of delegates from the education and culture sectors. This year we hope also to attract a wider range of delegates with an interest in the subject, for example from children’s social care or health services.

The day combines keynote speakers addressing the whole audience with interactive workshops for smaller groups of delegates, usually between 10 – 30 people. Keynote speakers are chosen to share ideas which are critical to the theme and inform delegates thinking during the workshops, as well as for a wide appeal across the audience. Workshops may be targeted to specific groups of delegates (for example, delegates working with Early Years children or young adults) and are chosen on the basis of relevance to the conference theme and interactivity. We also curate the sessions to ensure that as far as possible a range of art forms, age ranges and sub-themes are represented.