Conference and event contributions

TEDx BRIDPORT 19 October 2022, 2.00pm – 6.00pm BST.  Theme: Outstanding in their field – innovation social and environmental change makers. Anna explores how the greatest act of love is to talk about death.

CULTURE, HEALTH & WELLBEING International Digital Conference  22 June 2021 17.45 – 18.30   Dr Rachel Clarke (UK) and Dr Sunita Puri (USA) in conversation; Chaired by Anna Ledgard, End-of-Life Doula.

THE PLANET MARK Awards Thursday 17 October 2019, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. Key note speaker at Awards ceremony showcasing outstanding achievements in sustainability from across growing community of holders of

DOING DEATH DIFFERENTLY Saturday 30 March 2019, London.  Chair of a conference bringing new perspectives and showcasing pioneering work focused on how to normalise death and dying. Guest speakers Dr Kathryn Mannix, Dr Mark Taubert – palliative care consultants –  and pioneer and founder of LWDW Hermione Elliott.

THROUGH ART WE CARE  SYMPOSIUM, BELGIUM     28 February 2019 Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.  Contributor to Symposium on the challenges of collaboration between the arts and care sectors.

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference       16 November 2018, Liverpool. Poster presentation with Sofie Layton and Elaine Wood: The Milk of Human Kindness (MILK): Giving parents a voice through creative participatory arts in a neonatal intensive care unit.

The Heart of the Matter at Copeland Gallery, London  1 – 11 November 2018. Tours and events programme

The Heart of the Matter Seminar: 14 July 2018                 What does the artist bring to the clinical landscape? hosted at Centrespace, RWA and University of Bristol in association with Arts & Health South West

The Heart of the Matter:  24 March 2018, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle.  Mediated discussion.

Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference  19th, 20th,21st June 2017 Bristol UK.  Presentation about The Milk of Human Kindness on Tuesday 20 June.

24 November 2016 Arts & Health South West Annual Conference: Contributor to panel discussion: The Artist in Dialogue.

9 – 11 February 2016 The Art of Health, Exploring Creative Engagement with Research, Wellcome Trust, Mumbai: Keynote  – Arts and bio-medical collaborations: tensions & trade-offs.

1 October 2015 The Barometer of My Heart:
Panel discussion about the making of The Barometer of My Heart.

9 July 2015 Wellcome Collection The Barometer of My Heart:
With Dr Leighton Seal, Mark Storor and the company.

7 May 2015 The Wellcome Trust: Evaluation of Public Engagement Seminar:
Professor Lynn Froggett and Anna Ledgard: The Barometer of My Heart – a new model of evaluation.

5 March 2015 Communities living Sustainably: Stories for Change:
Anna Ledgard, Raja Jarrah, Alison Jay and Rose Harris.

14 October 2014  Work Place:  The Place associate Artist Programme:
Anna Ledgard – Models of collaboration with non-arts professionals

8/9 March 2014  Doula Network, Newcastle
Using Creative Arts Practices at the end of Life.

13 February 2014,  Live Theatre, Newcastle,  Defining Values: Follow up Seminar 
Professional development seminars defining ‘value’ of organisational activity for senior staff in Development and Learning Departments of cultural organisations led by  Julia Rowntree (Independent Adviser on Strategic Development and Income Generation) & Anna Ledgard, with guest input from Diane Ragsdale – cultural economics researcher.

3 February 2014 at RSA, London, Connected Conversations: Passing it on
Roundtable discussion about participatory arts practice.

28 November 2013  King’s College, University of London MA Module Performing Arts in the Classroom
Arts Practitioner and Teacher: How can the skills of an artist be best utilised to maximise teaching and learning in an arts project? What can a teacher take from an artist that might be helpful in their classroom practice? How should an arts practitioner best synthesise and translate their experience as an artist to communicate with educators and young people?

Thursday 14 November 2013  19.00 – 20.30,  Artists in Conversation at Wellcome Collection, London, Chair: Anna Ledgard
What does it feel like to be a ‘foreign body’ in a medical research centre? Hearing from some of the artists whose work features in the ‘Foreign Bodies’ exhibition as they reflect on the experience of responding to medical research.

24 September 2013, London and 26 September, Newcastle, Defining Values: Follow up Seminars 
Professional development seminars for senior staff in Development and Learning Departments of cultural organisations led by Russell Willis Taylor (President and CEO of National Arts Strategies US), Julia Rowntree (Independent Adviser on Strategic Development and Income Generation) & Anna Ledgard

24 – 26 June 2013 Culture HealthWellbeing International Conference, Bristol
Contributer: The Role of the Arts in Chronic Health Care Settings

8 March 2013 Dorset Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: For the Best – Art and Metaphor in chronic health settings
In this talk Anna will explore the role of art and metaphor and the challenges, practicalities and ethics of arts practices in hospital settings

14 March 2013 Defining Values: new opportunities and adaptive strategies for uncertain futures Pilot Seminar:  
A professional development seminar for senior staff in Development and Learning Departments of cultural organisations led by Russell Willis Taylor (President and CEO of National Arts Strategies US), Julia Rowntree (Independent Adviser on Strategic Development and Income Generation) & Anna Ledgard

25 September 2012 Panel Discussion:Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester
Panel Contributor at Wellcome Trust Symposium event to showcase examples of best practice in the medical humanities at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. The panel is about projects relating to living with chronic disease.

EMERGENCE SUMMIT 7 – 9 September 2012
Living and Dying Well: workshop leader with Hermione Elliot at Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Wales

25 June 2012 at Project Phakama’s Velela! Pop Up Festival
Queen Mary Westfield College, University of London QMUL. A talk and discussion: A Different Heartbeat: integrating the arts into institutional settings: the role of the producer.

Monday 30 April 2012  at Bridport Electric Palace

Dorset County Council Learning and School Improvement
Dorset NeuroEducation Conference for Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, SENCO’s Teachers and Leaders of Learning.  Speakers: Nigel Osborne, Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University and Paul Howard-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Education at Bristol University.  Chair: Anna Ledgard

Friday 20 April 2012 Suffolk
A Living Curriculum – Eastfeast Open Forum. Anna is chairing this event with guest speaker Sir Tim Brighouse and contributions from Penny Hay – Senior lecturer, Bath Spa University and Director of Research 5x5x5=creativity; schools and artists in association with Eastfeast.

Saturday 28 January 2012: Death: South Bank Centre’s Festival for the Living – The Flower is Me
Aworkshop led by Mark Storor with Anna Ledgard.  A child’s relationship to death can be different to that of an adult. For children death can be a fascination somewhere between fantasy and reality, an opportunity for exploration and possibility. The Flower is Me is a chance to explore the subject of death. This workshop is hosted once with children and once with adults.

Thursday 6 October 2011 at Somerset House, London: Defining Values: new opportunities and adaptive strategies for uncertain futures Pilot Seminar.
A professional development seminar for senior staff in Development and Learning Departments of cultural organisations led by Russell Willis Taylor (President and CEO of National Arts Strategies US), Julia Rowntree (Independent Adviser on Strategic Development and Income Generation) & Anna Ledgard (Producer and Educationalist).

Bath Spa University July 2011 
Workshop presentation: EASTFEAST – ’To know our world through a plot of land’ This presentation will explore the practice and principles of Eastfeast as a model which supports schools through creativity, celebration and horticulture to be at the heart of sustainable and connected local communities.

Curious Minds: A celebration of Creative Learning Liverpool 6 July 2011
Panelist at Liverpool Hope University  

Palatine: The HIgher Education Academy: Making Theatre for Young Audiences 8 June 2011 Stratford Circus, University of East London
Waltzing with Tigers: A presentation on making theatre with children in chronic health settings with reference to For the Best.

Health Acts: Applied Theatre, Health, and Well-being
Wednesday 28 –Thursday 29 April, 2011
Department of Drama, University of Exeter

Anna made a presentation based on her work with Mark Storor exploring the uses of narrative, metaphor and story-telling in acute medical care settings.

Healthy Communities, Sustainable Places
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset  Monday 28 February 2011

How the Arts are making a difference to public health and community development.  Anna spoke about Eastfeast as a case study demonstrating the impact of a creative approach to social inequality and public health.

Helium Arts in Health Seminar & Workshop: For the Best,  Dublin
Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2010. Presentation with Mark Storor about the making of For the Best  followed by a workshop led by artist Mark Storor.

For the Best Symposium
Friday 19 November 2010
Unity Theatre, Liverpool

National Sustainable Schools Conference 2010
Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo, Bristol
Friday 25 June 8.45 – 16.45.   Anna is contributing a key note provocation at this conference.

Bath Spa University:   Creativity Conference: Making Waves -Sharing creative and reflective practice in early years, primary, special and secondary schools
Friday 18 June 2010 at  Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, Newton Park Bath BA2 9BN.
Anna will be running a workshop exploring Eastfeast strategies for building learning communities with particular reference to the use of the Learning Journal with adults and children across the Eastfeast programme.

Central School of Speech and Drama London: Theatre Applications: Performance with a purpose.
Anna contributed to this international conference at the Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre  at Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London in association with RiDE: The Journal of Applied and Performance. London, Westminster 21 – Friday 23 April 2010

The Wellcome Trust International Public Engagement Workshop. Telling Stories: Why narrative matters in public engagement with science.
Bengaluru, India from 7 – 10 December 2009 

Cape UK Conference: Creativity: Luxury or Lifeline?
National Media Museum, Bradford 30th September 2009. Anna facilitated a group workshop on the theme of Learning by doing: Enquiry at the centre of Professional Development.

Practice: Practise A Seminar 16 May 2009
The Higher Education Academy PALATINE Dance, Drama & Music Higher Artist Partnership Programme Seminar Mark Hunter (University of East London) and Anna Ledgard (Teacher Artist Partnership Programme)

London Arts in Health Forum Discussion 11 June 2009
with Mark Storor, Polly Moseley and Anna Ledgard

For the Best Symposium 26 June 2009
Producer & panellist. An opportunity for dialogue about participatory theatre practice in relation to public engagement with bio-medical science. At The Living Room, City Hall, London SE1