about us

In this section of the website you can find out all about us, what our aims are and what we do. You can also read about the region we cover, who is in our team, the organisations we have key connections with and the history of All Ways Learning.
about all ways learning

All Ways Learning is a catalyst, leader, guide and enabler in professional development for people managing the arts in the South East of England.

If you are an arts manager, co-ordinator, administrator, self-managed artist; an arts development officer or policy maker; in fundraising, finance, marketing, education or other specialist areas of work; board member or trustee, our programme of activities is designed to help you.

Whether you work in an organisation or alone, in a network, partnership or group, we can help you invest in your professional development. All Ways Learning can also be useful for educators, trainers, facilitators, consultants and anyone thinking of arts management as a career.

Regardless of job or role titles, employment status (employed, self-employed or unpaid) people who manage make things happen. They decide what is to be done, how it is to be done, with what and with whom.

All Ways Learning 2009 as seen on Calton is creating a framework for continuing professional development for those involved in managing the arts in the south east. We define management as part of the work of people who are either inside or outside of organisations.

We want to develop and sustain the dynamic learning community - networks of individuals who are actively engaged in learning from and with each other through a variety of activities which encourage sharing skills, knowledge and information.

Be part of our learning community.

All Ways Learning is a company limited by guarantee with a small core staff, a board of directors and a growing team of associates.

In order to provide the range of activities and services we work with a number of other self-employed individuals with relevant expertise.

We are funded by Arts Council England.
our aims

The central ethos of All Ways Learning is one of access, advice and guidance for people who manage in the arts, through sharing skills, knowledge and information which will help to develop models of good practice and set standards to which people in our profession can aspire. Our role is one of overview and context.

We aim to

*Invest in the expertise in people managing the arts in the region by supporting, promoting and provoking learning

*Strengthen and build a learning community

*Value diversity in individuals and ensure that all our services are inclusive and accessible

*Research, collect and disseminate information on the nature of arts management and other pertinent matters in our field

*Supply information on continuing professional development activities through effective communications

*Identify gaps in provision, and where applicable, commission or support activities and programmes to help fill them

*Work to secure funding and other resources for All Ways Learning to provide better services to individuals and organisations.
what we do

All Ways Learning is for people managing the arts in the South East.

We highlight the existing expertise in managing the arts in the region.

We conduct action and other research and disseminate the findings regarding a range of matters concerning the nature and nurture of arts management

We supply information on continuing professional development activities.

We assist individuals, networks, projects and organisations to undertake and implement professional development plans and to develop understanding of learning in and for various contexts.

We run Essentials of Arts Management, an annual 10 day accredited seminar programme.

We commission or support activities and programmes to fill identifiable gaps
our region

Based at the University of Sussex, our remit covers the South East region, mirroring that of Arts Council England, South East, i.e. Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, and the unitary authorities of West Berkshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Milton Keynes, Reading, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest, Slough, Brighton and Hove, and Medway.
our team

Jo Gillibrand is Director of All Ways Learning. Before joining All Ways Learning, Jo was Director of Smart Audiences, a regional audience development agency based in Surrey. During her six years there this new organization grew to become an integral part of the regional audience development infrastructure, with quality training courses, strong market research services and tailored organization-specific audience development initiatives. Before moving to the South East Jo worked in cross-artform marketing roles in the North West, at Arts about Manchester (the audience development agency for Greater Manchester) and UK City of Drama (one of the Arts Council's Arts 2000 'Year of...' schemes). Jo has an MA in European Cultural Policy and Administration, and professional qualifications in marketing and market research. Her particular areas of CPD interest centre on one-to-one guidance especially in the fields of mentoring and coaching. Email Jo

Verity Slater is Coordinator of All Ways Learning. Before joining All Ways Learning, Verity was Project Manager of Sciart, a national arts/science funding and development programme based at The Wellcome Trust. During her four years at the Trust, Verity led a number of professional development initiatives for arts/science practitioners including peer support networks and informal mentoring. She was co-editor of the publication, 'Talking Back to Science: art, science and the personal,' an exploration arts/science moving-image and performance projects. Verity's particular area of interest is supporting professional development within the visual arts. She has recently completed an MA in Arts Policy and Management, specializing in management approaches to collaborative arts practice. Verity has also worked in various public facing organizations, including the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Britain and Milton Keynes Gallery. Email Verity

Shannon Mackey-Witton is the Events Co-ordinator at All Ways Learning. Shannon previously worked as a Project Manager for a Business consultancy managing events for the Business Link Virtual University, as well as Central and Local Government. She also worked for eight years as a Government Information Officer working on media campaigns for National Government Departments. Shannon has a degree in Media Communications and since graduating has worked freelance in local radio and theatre and also helps with the organisation of the Crawley Proms, which is the finale of the annual Crawley Festival. Email Shannon

Dr Janet Summerton is the Chair of All Ways Learning, a position she has held since 2001. Her work focuses on development of people and organisations in the arts and cultural milieux, through mentoring, consultancy, research and writing. Most recently she produced Dimensions of Practice, reporting on a study of the working lives and aspirations of 300 practitioners in the South East. The report is available on the Arts Council England website. She is currently writing a book on the human dimension of managing in the arts. Janet is on the boards on a number of organisations in the region and a member of Brighton and Hove's Arts Commission, She developed and ran the Arts & Cultural Management Programmes at University of Sussex where she is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Email Janet

Madeline Hutchins is a Board member of All Ways Learning. Madeline has worked in arts management since 1979, initially in small-scale theatre, and was Director of the Independent Theatre Council. She is now a freelance trainer, consultant and facilitator, specialising in learning and the legal, organisational and people aspects of arts management. She is a core tutor on the MA and Certificate programmes in Arts and Cultural Management at Sussex University, and a visiting lecturer at other Universities and Colleges. She has a Masters Degree in Management Development, and a particular interest in building an infrastructure to support arts managers' learning. Madeline is the lead partner of Knowledge Services for Arts Management; runs SAM's Books, the UK's only specialist books service for arts management; and organises the book reviews for Arts Professional magazine. She is a Board member for Theatre Exchange. Current research includes new models for governance and organisational design, mapping arts management, and the use of the arts in learning and management. Email Madeline
key connections

We are partners in CreativePeople, a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers. www.creativepeople.org.uk

We have a structural link with Knowledge Services for Arts Management (KSAM) which is the knowledge bank supporting arts and cultural management containing a searchable website of text-based knowledge to help you as an arts and cultural manager, Arts Development Officer, self-managed artist or arts practitioner, Arts Education Officer, researcher, consultant, trainer or writer. Research reports and other material from All Ways Learning's work is held on KSAM's website for the benefit of the UK-wide arts management community. www.ksam.org.uk

SAM (Services for Arts Management): SAM's Books is where UK arts managers, arts and cultural development officers, arts workers and self- managed artists can find and buy books that are relevant and accessible. SAM's fast response mail order usually provides next day service. Where appropriate, SAM's Books provides a book stall at All Ways Learning events, and because it is based in our region, offers occasional Open House Browses to All Ways Leraning mailing list members. SAM's Books offers one-to-one guidance on books for professional development, booklists for courses and conferences and selecting titles for an organisation or project's bookshelf. www.sam-arts.co.uk

We are based within the new Sussex Institute on University of Sussex's campus at Falmer on the outskirts of Brighton. The connection with the University goes back to the original partnership established in 2000. Links particularly with the Arts and Cultural Management programmes have been strong and we are exploring the potential of future collaborations on research and events. For information on the arts management programmes at Sussex visit www.sussex.ac.uk/cce/programmes/index.html or contact Maeve O'Brien, Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, by phone on 01273 678566 or email.

We have recently developed a partnership with Arts Development South East (ADSE) who have been set up to develop and manage the South East regional audience development strategy. Arts Council England, South East are funding ADSE for an initial three years to ensure that audience development services are equally accessible for their full range of organisations at the same level and quality across the region, and that these services have an enduring legacy for both organisations and audiences. The Programme is managed by the Regional Programme Director, Adrienne Pye(biography on Contact ADSE page), supported by Arts Council England South East's Audience Development Officer, Rob Marshall and the Programme Partners and advisers. The ADSE advisory group is currently being recruited and will begin to meet early in 2006 to help develop momentum and make sure the standard of work is effective and of high quality. www.developingaudiences.com

All Ways Learning was formed as a partnership in 2000 to build a framework to promote continuing professional development for people managing the arts. The partnership included Southern Arts, South East Arts, Hampshire County Council, Kent County Council, West Sussex County Council, Slough Borough Council, Arts & Business Southeast, the arts marketing agencies in the region (with Hampshire Arts Marketing as the lead for the first three years, followed by Smart Audiences), the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex.

We have had two previous directors, Roger McCann and Mary Tennant, and a host of willing associates too numerous to mention.

Although the partnership has now been replaced by a company limited by guarantee (in 2004) and a new team of people, All Ways Learning owes a great deal to all those who have worked hard to build our foundations and the vision.

Initial funding for the partnership came from Southern and South East Arts, the Arts Council, SEEDA and ESF. We became a Regularly Funded Organisation of Arts Council England in 2003.

In our new structure we will be inviting applications for interested people in the region to join our board or our forum. Details will be circulated shortly and we are looking forward to reconnecting more closely with old friends and garnering the help and support of others interested in our work.