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More than 400 arts professionals converge on Leeds for Spektrix Conference 2018

From early beginnings as a technology user group event, Spektrix Conference has grown to a full-blown industry summit, and the UK’s foremost annual gathering for technology and the arts.

Hosted this year at the stunning Leeds Town Hall, more than 400 arts managers, fundraisers, and senior executives came to Leeds on 26th September for a packed agenda designed to inspire, challenge, and encourage collaboration and positive change within cultural organisations.

Attendees from theatre, music, gallery, museum and venue organisations across the UK and Irelandsaw an inspiring day of keynotes from speakers at the top of their field, intensive breakout sessions, interactive discussions and opportunities to connect with peers.

“Spektrix Conference is an invaluable opportunity to understand the challenges arts organisations are facing so we can better help them thrive,” said Alice Young, Managing Director UK of Spektrix. “The arts economy is changing as rapidly as technology is evolving. Spektrix inhabits both those worlds so it’s crucial that we collaborate with and listen to our community of users.”

The theme for Spektrix Conference 2018 was ‘Leading for Change’. Highlights from Leeds included:

  • Keynote addresses by Clare Connor, CEO and Interim Principal of The Place; and Phil Batty, Director of Public Engagement for Hull UK City of Culture 2017
  • Packed breakout sessions discussing how arts organisations can apply agile working practices and other approaches from the engineering realm, to lead their teams and deliver projects in new ways
  • Popular user-led roundtables on sector themes such as access ticketing, acting as an agent, data visualisation and more
  • One consumer psychology workshop – The Price is Rightrun by Debbie Richards from Baker Richards – was so popular it had to be run three times

“Spektrix Conference was a really engaging and well-thought-out day, with sessions tailored to a wide range of team roles,” said Leon Gray, Head of Business Transformation at Aberdeen Performing Arts. “It was great to hear how other Spektrix users are leading change within their organisations, and how we can learn from it.”

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