17th April 2021

What are your Themes for 2020?

Themes of 2020

The first full week back at work and it was a busy one. I spent a day in London meeting amazing artists as part of our Future Arts Centres’ Here and Now project, a day in Newcastle with University academics and artists, discussing all things audience-related, and one in Doncaster with marketing teams from our ‘Here and Now’ partner venues.

In between, I worked on the earliest stages of a new project funding application, inducted a new member of staff, helped finalise plans for a regional event, resolved a complaint, chaired a finance committee meeting for a company I’m on the board of, and watched my inbox fill back up after a few weeks of keeping it under control. I also spent time in the company of two brilliant neuro-diverse women.

2020 has already provided the range and breadth of activities that are the reason I love my job so much.

Reminding myself of the purpose of this blog, to reflect more, I tried to imagine what key themes I would draw out from the week.

Kindness is probably the one that is most uppermost in my mind.

We can all be kinder, and it feels very important in today’s world to remember that, on a personal level, this is within our control.

Clarity is another – the need to be clear about what we want as well as what we are doing. Remembering the why, and communicating this – making sure we, and other people, know why we are doing things. Using normal everyday language, not being afraid to ask people what they need, empathy, and the best advice I heard all week: when things are tough and you reach the point you can’t help yourself any more, reach out and help someone else.

These are all things I hope to take through the next 12 months, and it feels great to have gathered them in my thoughts in the first week of the year.

What are your themes for 2020?

By Annabel Turpin, Stockton Arts Centre
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Annabel Turpin is currently Chief Executive & Artistic Director of ARC, a charity that uses arts and cultural activity to strengthen its local community. It works locally, in Stockton and the Tees Valley, and nationally, through leadership of networks and partnerships. ARC presents a year round programme of arts and cultural activity including live events, film screenings, workshops and classes, and works to ensure it engages people who might be socially excluded. Annabel is a board member of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Sunderland Culture Company and the North East Culture Partnership, where she has helped develop the region’s Case for Culture strategy. She co-chairs Future Arts Centres, a national network of more than 100 UK arts centres, committed to championing the role of arts centres within the wider cultural and community sector. She launched and chairs Venues North, a group of 35+ venues from across the greater North committed to helping performing artists get their work seen more widely, and also chairs the North East Artist Development Network. As a freelance consultant, she has undertaken work around organisational development for a range of clients, including companies, venues and local authorities, as well as mentoring and facilitation at both executive and board level.

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