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A symposium on the role of arts and culture
in a world where there is no normal

  • York

  • Bristol

No Boundaries took place on 25 and 26 February 2014. It was an open symposium attended by 400 delegates that considered the premise that the cultural map was being re-drawn…by new behaviours, new technologies, new models of funding and new local, national and global thinking.

The debate built from October 2013 onwards culminating in a two-day event held simultaneously in York and Bristol. To view all the speakers using our accessible video player click here

Delegates could chose to attend No Boundaries at either of the two locations, York or Bristol, with each venue providing unique experiences and a live-link to seamlessly broadcast talks between both spaces. The aim being that working over two locations would reduce travel times and cost which, combined with a tiered ticket pricing structure, would enable a wide range of Arts and culture professionals to attend.

No Boundaries explored the role of arts and culture in contemporary society and aimed to be a conference about doing, not funding, stimulating the imagination and looking to the future.

The two-day format was created to create time for informal discussion around the formal speaker sessions. It provided an opportunity for the delegates to hear from brilliant speakers but also to join in with a range of playful interventions, to self organise discussions in whatever format works best, and to feed ideas back into the conference.

No Boundaries was a State of the Arts event supported by Arts Council England and British Council.

To read the full evaluation of No Boundaries 2014, including the feedback from delegates click here

To read the book containing all the talks, notes, alongside social media comments and reports from the cohort of young reporters click here

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness

Charles Dickens

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