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No Boundaries 2015: second wave of contributors announced for our annual arts and culture conference

#nb2015 is shaping up to be an engaging, inspiring two days in September.

Livestreamed online and simulcasted between two locations: HOME Manchester and Watershed Bristol, the new speakers will add to a diverse and talented roster of speakers.

The second wave of speakers has just been announced for the annual conference which explores the role of arts and culture in contemporary society.

Moira Sinclair, new director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Dr Maria Balshaw, director of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, which has recently undergone an award-winning multi-million redevelopment and just been announced as, ‘Art Fund Museum of the Year 2015’, and Dr Sugatra Mitra from Newcastle University will be putting forward provocations for delegates to consider.  They will be joined by Prof. Wang Xingquan from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in China, a country whose policy decisions on culture and creativity are now considered by many to be some of the most forward thinking in the world.

Speaking for the first time in the UK will be Munuve Mutisya, Founder, Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation and Curator, Akamba Peace Museum in Kenya. He will discuss the work of his Foundation and how culture can support peace building in a post-conflict landscape.

For more playful moments between discussions, No Boundaries has invited artist and singer Jen Bell to R&D a new project live from the conference, recording phrases and snippets of delegate and contributor thoughts, which will then be transformed into an original piece of music with no boundaries.

‘Many in the business world treat the arts as a marginal form of distraction. They think of the arts as ‘soft’ and tiptoe around artists they consider to be fragile, weak, or prima donnas. But they’ve got it all wrong.’

Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur and author, at No Boundaries 2014

Find out more

Learn more about the conference contributors and book to attend No Boundaries on 29 and 30 September

Follow No Boundaries and the Arts Council on twitter, and join the conversation using #nb2015


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