Cultural Commissioning Symposium

Thursday 29 November 2018
Reading, Place of Culture are holding a Cultural Commissioning Symposium

The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes. This will be done in two ways:

  • by making public service commissioners more aware of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver effective interventions around their priority outcomes
  • by enabling the arts, culture, heritage and voluntary sectors to better engage with public sector commissioning.

Now that we are part way through our pilot year, we invite you to join us for our first Cultural Commissioning Symposium. This will be a chance to discuss best practice at both national and local levels, to be inspired, and to network.

The event will build a picture of how commissioners and cultural practitioners are working together to effect change and share how local research is shaping our understanding of Reading’s needs and priorities including:

  • Health (from falls prevention to stroke rehabilitation to long-term conditions).
  • Mental health and wellbeing (from hospital wards to adolescent mental health units to care homes).
  • Work experience and skills development (particularly for vulnerable or disadvantaged young people).
  • Reducing re-offending.
Who is this symposium for?
  • Public Service Commissioners looking for innovative approaches to deliver on outcomes.
  • Policy makers with responsibility for public services.
  • Health and social care professionals.
  • People working in arts, culture, and heritage.
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations working with disadvantaged or vulnerable populations.
Further information

For more information about the event and to register for a free place, please visit Reading, Place of Culture’s Eventbrite page or email

Type of event
Event theme
Voluntary sector
Event date
29 November 2018
Start time
9.30 am
End time
1.00 pm
Address line 1
Reading Town Hall
Line 2
Blagrave Street
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified