In the first of three posts looking back at this year’s annual conference, Taras Young, Digital Content Manager at the AMA, shares the experiences of some of the AMA members who were there.
A brilliantly sunny Bristol was the setting for our conference this year. The event was held from 22-24 July, across two main venues – Colston Hall, a traditional 2,000-seat venue, and Watershed, a cultural cinema and digital creativity centre.
On Tuesday 22 July, the AMA team packed up the van with delegate packs, banners and conference guides, and headed down to Bristol to join the delegates from across the UK and around the world.
— AMA (@amadigital) July 21, 2014
— Adam James Cooper (@adamjlcooper) July 16, 2014
— Sarah Burry (@sarahburry) July 22, 2014
Meet the people
The theme of this year’s conference was “the people formerly known as the audience” – how the relationship between cultural organisations and their audiences/visitors is rapidly changing.
Proceedings kicked off with the traditional Tuesday evening social event, which was held at M Shed – a museum focusing on Bristol’s history and people. It provided a great networking opportunity, against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset over the city.
Delegates took the opportunity to meet each other, talk to AMA staff and board members, and visit the two exhibitions – Bristol People, and Wallace and Gromit: From the Drawing Board. The main focus of the evening, though, was networking, and we once again ran a sticker networking competition – where the challenge was to speak to a large enough range of people to collect a full set of stickers – and our ever-popular speed networking sessions.
— Caroline Schreiber (@Clc_Schreiber) July 22, 2014
— Philippa Barr (@PhilippaBarr) July 22, 2014
— Verity Sanderson (@VeritySanderson) July 22, 2014
First night of #amaconf : full of lovely chats with other venues and reunions with old friends. What will we all be talking about by Thu?
— Lindsey Cook (@lindseycook77) July 22, 2014
Coming next on the blog: our summary of the first full day of the AMA conference 2014