CAN Network Events

​Cambridge Arts Network delivers a range of different events and initiatives to bring CAN members together, strengthen connections and enable better arts networking in Cambridge.  CAN organises regular informal meet ups, talks, workshops, information and skills sharing sessions, debates and conferences.  Please see the listings below for all the latest CAN network events.

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Alison Richard Building, Cambridge

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Cambridge Arts Network (CAN) Annual Conference


16th Dec 2014 9:30am

16th Dec 2014 4:30pm


The sold out 2014 Cambridge Arts Network (CAN) Conference took place on Wednesday 10 December at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge.

CAN, a forum of over 1000 professional artists, arts and cultural organisations operating in Cambridge and the surrounding area, is convened by Cambridge City Council.

The theme of this year’s conference was Cambridge – the Creative City, and it asked how the arts and cultural sector can contribute to the future of the city.

Cambridge City Council presented its vision for the future of its directly delivered arts service. Sara Garnham, chair of the trustees, gave the first public presentation about Cambridge Live, the new charity which has been established to take on the operation of Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge Folk Festival, Guildhalls and city events from 1 April 2015.

Daniel Brine, director of Cambridge Junction introduced Inspiring Cambridge, a shared high level vision for arts and culture in the city, developed by the Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders group.

A series of break-out sessions, led by local practitioners, looked at how arts and culture is already addressing key questions around communities, education and public health; as well as providing opportunities to learn more about making the most of the digital environment, how to use data effectively, and introducing new projects that aim to drive genuine city wide engagement.

The Executive Councillor for Community, Arts and Recreation, Richard Johnson, said of the conference: “It was great to see the enthusiasm and energy of the Cambridge arts community as they came together to share ideas and knowledge about how the arts can continue to make a positive impact in Cambridge. Our city is lucky to have such a diverse and respected arts and cultural scene, so events like these are important in enabling people to make the links and connections to take exciting projects forward.”

Posted by CAN network on 16th December 2014.