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Arts and Place Regional Conversation
Tuesday 6 March 2018, 12:00 –17:00

FREE. Booking Required.

This half-day seminar – including a panel discussion, shared meal and workshops – will
 delve into questions around embedding the arts and artists in place: bringing together artists, programmers, architects, planners and community workers. This event is 
part of a series of conversations gathering regional voices held by the Arts and Place Working Group, part of the Place Alliance.

This event builds on a series of workshops and conversations held at Primary as part of our Public Programme, including ‘Art, Public and the Commons’ (September 2017) and extends questions we are exploring through our long-term Making Place programme.

Throughout the event we aim to explore the following questions and themes:

  • Who makes places and who is invited to imagine a city / neighbourhood?
  • What are effective strategies for artists and arts organisations to work with local authorities and decision makers?
  • Questions of scale and time – exploring different formats and methods of working with place.

Contributors include:
Aldo Rinaldi, Freelance producer & former Senior Public Art Officer, Bristol City Council
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Designer
Boseda Olawoye, Creative Engagement Manager for Threshold Studios and independent Engagement Curator
Charles Quick, Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLAN, Co-Founder of In Certain Places
Diane Dever, Director of Folkestone Fringe
Suzannah Bedford Creative Director at The Renewal Trust, Nottingham – developing the Place project
Wolfgang Buttress, Artist


12.00: Arrivals & Coffee. Introduction to the day.

12.30-13.45: Presentations  & round-table discussion
Three perspectives on working on Place-based creative projects, with Aldo Rinaldi, Diane Dever, and Suzannah Bedford.

13:45-14:45: Lunch Provided by the Small Food Bakery

14.45-16:00: Workshops/ Small group discussions (3 parallel groups)
Exploring three different approaches / methodologies to artists working with place:
A: Wolfgang Butress: Ambitious large-scale public art projects
B: Boseda Olawoye & Suzannah Bedford: Collaborating with communities and challenging the language of funding.
C: Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad 

16:00-17:00: Gathering themes and ideas
Session facilitated by Rebecca Beinart / Charles Quick: Feedback from each of the workshop groups; Drawing out key themes and questions;  Sharing info and next steps.

The working group is coordinated by Beam with support from Arts Council England.


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