A Place for Creativity?

Organiser: RUDI / Places Matter!
Location: The Lowry, Salford Quays

Unlocking the original in urban design and development. A national one day conference from RUDI and Places Matter! Highlights: • Creative collaborations & working partnerships • Identity & individuality: True creativity • Community connections: Avoiding elitism • Funding & sponsorship: Who pays & how? • Arts partnerships with housing market renewal areas A Place for Creativity? As the leading resource and knowledge sharing network for urban design and placemaking, RUDI believes that there is an important emerging agenda for how artists and the creative community are involved in the planning, design, development and delivery of vibrant, culturally relevant and inclusive communities. This conference is being organised by RUDI in partnership with Places Matter! to bring together all those involved in placemaking, art and design that have an interest in creating unique, interesting and stimulating places for people to live, work and play in. The venue for this important national conference will be the top floor atrium of the Lowry Gallery. Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays, the architecturally dramatic venue will provide a stimulating environment for debate and discussion. The event will explore collaborative working practices, the role of artists and the creative community in making better places, how projects can and should be funded and ways of involving the people that live and work in the places to be re-designed. In 2008, RUDI, in partnership with Public Art South West, organised ’Fairytale or Horror Story. Artist & Urban Designer Collaborations: What Value do they bring?’. Following the huge success of the event, this second national conference has been planned to take forward the debate on artists and the creative community’s involvement in placemaking. Videos from the first national event can be viewed online at Who should attend? This event will provide valuable information and insights for the following: urban designers; planners; architects; regeneration specialists; public art specialists; artists and designers; landscape designers; funding bodies; developers; consultants; commissioners; policy makers; economic development officers; town centre managers; local politicians. To book a place, visit Programme 10.00 Registration & coffee 10.25 Welcome & introduction by conference chair Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities Group Session 1 Creating unique places: Working practices & funding options 10.40 Creative collaborations: Urban visions and working realities David West, Urban Designer, Planner & Partner, Studio Egret West 11.10 A meaningful role for the artist in the public realm Charles Blanc, Architect & Tristan Surtees, Artist, Sans Façon 11.40 Funding & sponsorship: Who pays & how? Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive, Architecture Centre Network 12.10 Questions & discussion 12.30 Lunch Soundwalk map by Liminal. Foreground image arranged by Sustran Session 2 A place for art? Urban developments & housing renewal areas 13.30 The aims & delivery of large urban development schemes: What’s art got to do with it? Rod Holmes, Chairman, Mersey Partnership 14.00 Arts partnerships with housing market renewal areas Anthony Preston, Head of Resource Development, Arts Council England NW & Paul Kelly, HMR Public realm Project Manager, NewHeartlands 14.30 Questions & discussion 14.50 Afternoon tea Session 3 Design & conception of place: Involving art & the creative community 15.15 Involving artists from the start: In Certain Places, Preston Charles Quick, Artist, Researcher and Curator in the Public Realm & Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire 15.35 A creative design partnership: Creating a unique place in Burscough Bridge Andy Thompson, Partner, BCA Landscapes & Smiling Wolf, Designer 15.55 Sound & place: Considering sound in urban development projects David Prior, Artist, Liminal 16.20 Questions & summing up by chair 16.55 Close of conference For more information about speakers and topics visit the conference page on RUDI at Printed programme may be subject to change Price per Delegate: £281.75 – Early Bird, Small Business and Voluntary Sector discounts available

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