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The next session will be scheduled shortly. Our most recent meeting was at Ovalhouse, London on 28 June 2017.
Meetings are open to programmers only. If you are interested in being part of this group or attending our next meeting (details above), please make a request initially to Chris Elwell.
The Consortium is for people across the country who programme work for children and young people into their venue, into touring networks, community, rural or local authority spaces. The sessions are scheduled quarterly and aim to provide a space to discuss work, latest trends and explore collaborative programming, and, importantly, provide a networking opportunity. The group is unconstituted, non-minuted and is without a formal agenda working to Chatham House Rules providing an open, safe space for discussion. The group first met in 1990, and has met regularly since then with a broad membership of around 75 venues, averaging about 35/40 attendees at each meeting.
The host venue for meetings rotates across Consortium members who provide an opportunity to watch a piece of work as part of the day. This varies from a piece in development to a full production.
A typical gathering follows this pattern (times can vary):
10.30am: meet, teas/coffees etc.
11am: main meeting
1.30pm: opportunity to see performance / work share / work-in-progress at host venue and meet the company/short discussion
The Consortium is open to any programmer. If you are interested in being part of this group or attending our next meeting (details above), please make a request initially to Chris Elwell.