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Wednesday 8th June 2022

9:30am - 2:30pm (plus Community Makers Meeting 3-5pm)

Post Hall Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 2AY

Free to attend and open to everyone


Join us as we explore The Art of Compassion and Imagination. 

Bringing together representatives from research, the creative community, health, voluntary sector and education we aim to examine how creativity can open up compassion and common understanding for all of us. We will delve into how this connection between the imagination and compassion can then guide and aid us in exploring social issues and difficult topics as well as reaching out into our communities. Featuring insightful talks, activities, group discussion and creative workshops. 


Free to attend and open to everyone. This conference is likely to be of special interest to those working in the creative, health, voluntary, research, policy and education sectors with links to the arts



Please see below for the conference timetable.

Watch this space - More details about speakers coming soon.

Wednesday 8th June

9.30 - Tea and coffee

10- Opening from Luisa Golob CEO, Ignite Imaginations

10.10 - 10.30 -  Mojisola Elufowoju, CEO and Artistic Director - Utopia Theatre
10.35 – 10.55 -  Emma Spencer, Informal Learning Programmer - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

11.00 - 11.10 - Break

11.15 - 11.35 - Mike Layward,  Artistic Director -  DASH

11.40 - 12.00 - Lucy Turner, Early Years Coordinator and Imogen Holmes-Roe, Curator - Whitworth Gallery

12.05- 12.25- SuAndi, Cultural Director Freelance - National Black Arts Alliance

12.30 - 1.15 Lunch
1.20 - 2.20-

Creative workshops x 2

Breakout talks x 2
2.20 - 2.30 Close of conference

Then stay with us for more networking and discussion about volunteering in the creative sector. Attendees are welcome to attend both or just one of these events on the day.


3-5pm - Community Makers:

Are you a creative or community/voluntary sector organisation that delivers creative activity in the community? From dance to creative writing, to sewing groups to choirs- if your organisation is a delivery organisation or supports those that do we want to connect with you.


We want to bring representatives from organisations to:

  • Network and explore future ways to connect

  • To discuss how we can map the spread of delivery within the city (recognising the gaps and needs in communities)

  • Introduce the Sheffield Community Makers scheme; an opportunity for the city to develop, connect and offer coordinated, attractive and manageable creative volunteer opportunities funded by Arts Council England and supported by VAS. 


Click here to book your place. In the meantime please keep an eye on the Ignite Imaginations Facebook page for more details and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch on

The conference is delivered by Ignite Imaginations, supported by Sheffield City Council, Compassionate Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University 

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