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BIG MEET 8: Artists and the Arts in Placemaking

April 18, 2018 @ 10:00 - 16:00 BST

Hosted at UCL, sponsored and organised with the help and support of Beam and the Arts Council

The Government Cultural white paper of 2016 stated that ‘Cultural placemaking can shape the fortunes of our regions, cities towns and villages’ and went on to say that ‘We want more local leaders to grasp the potential of culture to achieve their vision for their community, and to put culture at the forefront of their strategies’. Local authorities, developers, the private sector and communities have all created different models of practice supported by imaginative approaches to funding.

Big Meet 8 will: share examples that demonstrate the range of models of practice in the field of Art and Place from across the UK; Investigate artists led approaches to engaging with place through temporary interventions and local authority initiatives to work with communities; developers support for cultural place making; While framing the wider issues of how cultural led placemaking can have a sustainable impact on the development of a place and its communities.

We will be reviewing the models of practice presented and asking the following questions: Is there an innovative and more robust approach to financing the future integration of the arts and artists in the development of places? Can this be developed by the sector with Arts Council England and other key organisations? In turn can this influence the forming of national policy?

We will be asking if there are lessons to be learnt, which can in turn influence national policy to further integrate artists and the arts in place. Is there an innovative and more robust approach to financing the arts in place, developed by the sector with Arts Council England and other key organisations.

Confirmed speakers: Wolfgang Buttress, Artist – Matthew Carmona, Prof of Planning & Urban Design at UCL and Chair of Place Alliance – Diane Dever, Director at Folkestone Fringe – Graham Henderson, Chief Executive of the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation – Lorna Lee, Head of Culture & Heritage Services, Waltham Forest Council – Adriana Marques, Head of Cultural Strategy for Thamesmead at Peadbody – Anita McKeown, Director of CATALYST initiative at SMARTlab UCD – Michael Pinsky, Artist – Charles Quick – Prof of Public Art Practice at UCLAN, Co-Founder of In Certain Places & Chair of National Arts & Place Working Group

Tickets: £10 (inc. VAT) – lunch and refreshments are included, concessions available.

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April 18, 2018
10:00 - 16:00 BST
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