The second ‘Culture Change’ Conference took place on the 18th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House, London

The second ‘Culture Change’ Conference took place on the 18th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House, London

Create connections. Share vision. Sustain the arts.

Produced by Julie's Bicycle in partnership with the Royal Opera House and the Culture Change programme partners, the conference brought together inspiring speakers, practical workshops and performances from the Royal Ballet and Jette Parker Young Artists. The day celebrated the leadership of artists and organisations in the East of England working to make the creative industries more sustainable.

Speakers included:

Wayne Hemingway MBE (Designer), Alison Tickell (Director, Julie's Bicycle), Alex Beard (Chief Executive, Royal Opera House), Charlotte Jones (Director, ITC), Helen Cadwallader (Director, ISAN), Martin Roach (Director, BrandsWithValues), Ali Pretty (Kinetika), Paul Smyth (Something and Son), Lynn McFarlane (Dresd), Colette Bailey (Metal).


Practical Sessions Included:

  • Meeting future business challenges with an imaginative and practical sustainability strategy.
  • Engaging new audiences and build an effective, ethical brand.
  • Developing a financially-efficient, environmentally-conscious business model.
  • Discovering future funding opportunities from capital finance to crowdfunding.
  • The latest innovations happening in sustainable making and design.

Listen to Alison Tickells' opening speech and our podcasts on Value, Materials and Financing Change

Alison Tickell

JB's director Alison Tickell opens the Culture Change Conference 2015.

Alison Tickell Opening Speech by Juliesbicycle on Mixcloud

Valuing What You Do:

Charlotte Jones (ITC) and Chiara Badiali (Julie's Bicycle) look at value in the context of the performing arts, and discuss how employment rights, equality, diversity, environmental sustainability and inclusivity can bring value to your business.

ValuingWhatYouDo by Juliesbicycle on Mixcloud

Financing Change:

Joel Hughes (Crowdfunder), Ali Pretty (Kinetika), Feimatta Conteh (Arcola Energy) and Lucy Latham (Julie's Bicycle) discuss the opportunities and alternative funding platforms available with case studies on partnership working with local authorities, to crowdfunding and capital redevelopment.

FinancingChange by Juliesbicycle on Mixcloud

It's a Material World:

Paul Smyth, Something & Son, Lynn McFarlane, CEO, Dresd, Orsola de Castro, Founder, From Somewhere and Reclaim to Wear reflect how they're influencing and redesigning systems, and challenging business as usual.

It's a Material World by Juliesbicycle on Mixcloud

Sustaining Creativity