Inspiration Days

Inspiration Days have been central to ACA’s programme since its inception in 1998. These events bring together children’s arts professionals to share practice and explore ideas in an area of common interest. They contribute to all three aspects of ACA’s mission – celebrating, connecting, campaigning – but always with a significant emphasis on connecting.

The format of the day varies according to the chosen topic but always includes presentations or performances of current work by leaders in the field, discussion of relevant issues and opportunities for informal networking.

Each event is planned in partnership with one or more organisations active in the chosen field and hosted by one of those organisations at its own venue.

Inspiration Days have covered a wide range of topics, including opera for children, children’s dance, war as a theme of children’s literature, the impact of the National Curriculum on children’s reading, puppetry and the involvement of children in the design of cultural venues.



Immersive Arts for Young Audiences
In conjunction with Globe Education and Supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
28 August 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

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Disability and Children’s Arts
12 October 2012, Polka Theatre

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Circus for Children and Family Audiences
Supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
25 October 2011, Circus Space

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