A one day masterclass, Sheffield, 15th September 2010

How does culture fit within the Big Society, localism, and making neighbourhoods better?  Is there room for culture within the the local authority improvement agenda? How can creativity help to engage people? In lean times, what is the argument for embedding culture within renewal work? Is the role of the arts in public realm bigger than public art?

This one day conference, supported by Arts Council England, will draw upon a successful and nationally unique three year programme called ‘Creative Places’ in Sheffield.

Creative Places provides opportunities for the arts to be embedded within large-scale housing/community building programmes and improved cultural provision in the places experiencing housing renewal and growth. The programme has been successful in: giving housing staff the confidence to use the arts to deliver their core priorities | Getting more people and more different sorts of people engaged in local changes | Challenging thinking about design and landscaping in neighbourhoods.

The conference will bring together nationally acclaimed experts with a wealth of experience in culture, regeneration, placemaking, meanwhile opportunities, and wellbeing. Participants will be given tools and evidence to help embed cultural policy within their work and to take a persuasive & practical argument to their organisations and the event will launch a brand new brand new visioning document.

Speakers include…

  • Richard Russell – Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England
  • David Barrie – Urban renewal and real estate creative, consultant to British Council’s ‘Creative Cities’ programme, and project manager of TV’s ‘Castleford Project’
  • Emily Berwyn – Director, Meanwhile Project
  • Matt Bell – Director of Education and External Affairs, CABE
  • Paul Squires – new economics foundation
  • Miranda Plowden – Director, ADF North Sheffield Council
  • Andrew Skelton – Public Art officer Sheffield City Council

Who should attend?

Local authority planning, housing, regeneration, economic development and arts officers | staff from registered social landlords, housing associations and HMR pathfinders | developers | consultants | artists and creatives.

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