Cultural Sector Network Conference 2017 – Culture really does matter!

Cultural Sector Network Conference 2017 – Culture really does matter!

13 March 2017

The Cultural Sector Network held its second conference on Wednesday 8 March and it was even bigger and better than its inaugural conference last year. Some 200 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and volunteer helpers attended from across the country including representation from Scotland, Northern Ireland, London, Birmingham, Derby, Cornwall, Oxford, Brighton, Manchester and Leeds.

The annual conference continues to be the largest event of its type in the UK for arts and heritage fundraisers.  This year, delegates heard keynote speeches from Bernard Donoghue, Chief Executive of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council, both on the theme of ‘Culture Matters’ – making the case to our donors on why culture is vital in our everyday lives. 

There were also 12 separate break-out sessions aimed at fundraisers with all types of experience, and a lively plenary panel discussion on women in fundraising, appropriate for International Women’s Day!

What the delegates said:

"Amazing speakers, interesting points discussed and a lot of fun!"
  Silvia Dobrovich, Trusts Fundraiser, British Library, London

"Some extraordinary speakers, leading sessions that were directly relevant to me and where I'm at with my career. I'd definitely recommend it for the future."
  Will Harriss, Development Director, Saffron Hall Trust, Essex

"This was an exceptionally useful conference; both in terms of the content and due to the excellent networking opportunities."
  Jenny Boland, Fundraising Manager, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

"A day full of inspiration and ideas, I found it very helpful meeting a wide range of people at all stages of their careers."
  Hannah Litherland, Development Officer, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

"An excellent day around; I had the opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, meet other practitioners in the sector and to be inspired by Darren Henley's closing speech."
  Fiona Rose, Senior Development Manager (Major Gifts), Royal College of Music, London




(Left to right) Speakers Vikki Heywood, Anna Vaughan, Mary Nagele and Debbie Geraghty following the 'Women in Fundraising Q&A'


Samir Savant, Martin Kaufman and Dan Fletcher of the CSN with Arts Council Chief Executive Darren Henley (left centre)


Post Conference drinks at the Pullman Hotel