Gala Theatre, Durham


  • Stella Hall (Chair)

    Independent Festival Producer

  • Heather Ackroyd

    Artist & Environmental Campaigner, Ackroyd & Harvey

  • James Berresford

    Chief Executive, Visit England

  • Ben Cameron

    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

  • Nathan Coley


  • Christine Dalby

    EU Representation in the UK

  • Martyn Evans

    Creative Director, Cathedral Group

  • Judy Fulton

    Harvard iLab

  • George Garlick

    CEO, Durham County Council

  • Matt Jones

    Programme Manager, Federation Square

  • Rick Lowe

    Artist, Developer, Loeb Fellow

  • Tim Marlow

    Writer, Broadcaster & Art Historian

  • Sarah Maxfield

    Director, Arts Council England North

  • John Mowbray

    Co-Chair, Cultural Partnership for North East England

  • Simon Preston

    eat Newcastle

  • Susannah Sayler

    Canary Group, Loeb Fellow

  • Deirdre Schmidt

    One Roof Global Consulting, Loeb Fellow

  • Peter Sharp

    Curator, Kielder Art and Architecture

  • Edward Walker

    Founder of Cityworks, Loeb Fellow

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This one-day conference revealed the way in which culture is already a driver for change beyond its traditional role as a magnet for tourism and ticket sales. 

Art Means Business aimed to provoke and challenge accepted thinking. It offered insights and case studies from the UK and beyond, showing how artists and the creative industries offer innovative solutions to many of the challenges facing 21st century society.

The conference discussed themes of trade, economic impact, sustainability, transport and housing –topics not normally associated with the arts.

Speakers included visionaries and policymakers from the worlds of arts, urban planning, politics and business. This fascinating day left participants with a wealth of new ideas and new ways of thinking about how our cities are designed and managed.

Supported by Loeb Fellowship Alumni Association.