Knowledge Sharing events kick off with a successful day in Newcastle


Turning Point Network's series of Knowledge Sharing events kicked off in Newcastle yesterday, and continues today in Liverpool.

The event in Newcastle began with Dougald Hine offering an inspiring talk to a packed Riverside room at the BALTIC in Gateshead. He spoke about the human nature of knowledge sharing, referencing a number of his own projects - including Space Makers, School of Everything - as well as examples by peers with whom his work has overlapped, since he emerged from the London School of Art and Business. 

"A good meeting should feel like a conversation in the pub, and not make you feel like you'd rather be having a good conversation in the pub." - Dougald Hine

Following on from Dougald, Michael Craven, an experienced Change Manager with a track record of developing and delivering knowledge initiatives for the likes of Royal Institute of British Architects and New Contemporaries, led a series of facilitated conversations between attendees. The session resulted in a map of knowledge and 'knowledge needs'. The hope this that this map will be used as a tool to support peer to peer sharing between attendees.

Videos from the day will be published on this site soon.

In the meantime, check out this post from one of the Newcastle attendees, about the value they got from the event:

Network Knitting in the visual arts - Turning Point Network's knowledge sharing days

~Flow, a project by Owl Project and Ed Carter. Part of Artists Taking the Lead

Turning Point Network is pleased to announce the programme for a series of knowledge sharing events taking place in April 2012.

  • Thursday 19 April at BALTIC, Gateshead 10.00am-4.30pm
  • Friday 20 April at FACT, Liverpool 10.00am-4.30pm

These events are open to anyone working in visual arts organisations, artists and freelancers wanting to explore practical knowledge sharing solutions to help them in their daily jobs, and who want to make the contemporary arts more sustainable. People who are members of Turning Point groups or other arts committees and management groups will find these sessions particularly valuable.

The programme for both days will be led by Dougald Hine and Michael Craven. Through inspirational presentations and equally inspirational and hands-on activities participants will explore knowledge sharing providing them with ideas to take back to their own environments. 

Dougald Hine is a writer, internet entrepreneur, informal learner and a founder of organisations including the ‘School of Everything; and the ‘Space Makers Agency’. He likes to tell stories, explore ideas, bring people together and make things happen and says: “If I'm good at anything, it is making connections - between people, between ideas and between worlds”

Michael Craven has extensive experience developing and delivering knowledge initiatives in the non-profit and public sectors and leading organisations through major change and development. Consultancy clients include the Royal Institute of British Architects, New Contemporaries, and national advice agencies. Michael was Director, Organisational Development, Arts Council England, Head office 2004/06 and Director Visual Arts, Arts Council, South East 2000/04.

Explore the visual arts

Each event will include a visit to a landmark project:

  • Newcastle: visit ‘~Flow’, a collaboration between Owl Project and Ed Carter, the North East’s Artists Taking the Lead project moored outside BALTIC.  Also visit BALTIC 39, a new cultural hub for contemporary art that includes a public gallery programmed by BALTIC and artists’ studios. 
  • Liverpool: tour FACT and see the giant spectacular ‘Sea Odyssey’ by Royal De Luxe. Sea Odyssey is a magical tale of love, loss and reunion played out on a gigantic scale. It will take place in key city spaces. 

FREE of charge. Book places and more information Claire Pollock and Ali Brown, Turning Point knowledge sharing coordinators:


t. 0191 440 4915.

Both venues are fully accessible:

When booking, please state any requirements you may have that would enable you to participate such as signer or material in large type, etc. 

We have up to five bursaries of up to £75 towards travel costs for each event for artists and freelancers who are registered as self-employed. If you are interested in a bursary email outlining what you think you will gain from attending. 

Knowledge Sharing days for Turning Point Network - save the date


As part of the ongoing Knowledge Sharing programme, Turning Point Network is holding a series of free events that include a mix of talks and practical sessions, facilitated by people who are using knowledge sharing techniques to make a difference within their organisations and networks.

19th April 2012 || Newcastle & Gateshead, hosted by BALTIC

20th April 2012 || Liverpool, hosted by Liverpool Biennial

These are the first two in an ongoing series of events that will take place across England.

"Experts and skilled trainers will explore ways to access and value knowledge you didn’t know you had" says Claire Pollock, coordinator of the Knowledge Sharing programme for Turning Point Network. "The days will also provide insights into the ‘why and how’ of knowledge sharing and how the Turning Point Network can strengthen the sector by supporting development of knowledge sharing across the contemporary arts."

"Attendees will hear from people inside and outside of the arts who knowledge share really well", continues Claire. "They will learn about: how they share, develop ideas and make things happen in collaboration; how in these challenging times, knowledge sharing can be a vital philosophy that puts people first; and how knowledge sharing can stimulate engagement and debate to effect change and achieve collective action."

Who should attend?

These free events are for everyone working in contemporary visual arts organisations, artists and freelancers wanting to explore practical knowledge sharing solutions to help them in their daily jobs, as well as wanting to make the contemporary arts more sustainable. People who are members of Turning Point groups or other arts committees and management groups will find these sessions particularly valuable.

Full programme available soon. For more information or to register your interest please contact Claire Pollock:

Turning Point Network is looking for an experienced Project Manager

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Knowledge Sharing. Image by Johnny Magee.

The Turning Point Network, through the national Knowledge Sharing working party, has commenced its search for a Project Manager to help deliver a new network-wide programme of activity.

The successful candidate will coordinate a national survey of the networks members, and will then use the information collected to help design and deliver a training programme / roadshow this coming April. You can download the full brief here.

Applications are welcomed from experienced project managers, anywhere in England. The deadline for applications is 09 February 2012.


Over the last twelve months, North by North West, the Turning Point group for Cumbria and Lancashire has been overseeing the work of the National Knowledge Sharing Group who were charged with producing a report on current knowledge sharing across the Turning Point Network and articulating how the network could work better moving forward.

 The National Knowledge Sharing Group are now about to embark on Phase 2 of their work which will involve a series of training sessions real world programmes that will help the network knowledge share more effectively cross regionally through a combination of social media and face to face activities.

Further information will be posted on this soon but in the meantime if you want to get the background information on this report click here to read the report.