Cultural Leadership Symposium:

Heritage Quay

13th September 2016

Key Notes

Prof. Charles Quick
In Certain Places, UCLAN

Dr. Keith Bartlett
Director of Culture, Durham University

Call for Presentations

Deadline: Monday 8th August


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Open Call for Presentations

The symposium commences a discussion on cultural leadership and public engagement in the arts, exploring examples that contest the place for the creative practitioner in society. The symposium provides an opportunity to showcase your research in the context of cultural leadership and public engagement with the intention of developing an initial cultural network, providing greater awareness of current activity and the potential for future collaboration.

The symposium seeks academic projects that engage with various communities and professional agencies to effect change and thinking with respect to researching public engagement, cultural policy, and related urban and economic strategies. How can academic research in the arts work in a responsive fashion that makes a contribution to practice as well as bring about stronger communities that are more connected and mobile?

The call starts from the assumption that there are many colleagues working across the University that have projects which partner with the cultural/creative and heritage industries.  The challenge is how best to make these projects visible and accessible, to potentially enable collaboration and cross-disciplinary research.

Keynote presentations in the morning include: Professor Charles Quick of In Certain Places, UCALN and Dr Keith Bartlett, Director of Culture, Durham University. The afternoon sessions will focus on staff presentations and ‘World Café’ format for delegate discussions. 

Submission Details for Presentations

  • Please provide a 200 word synopsis on your project – include project title and name of academic lead
  • Send synopsis to Professor Steve Swindells before Monday 8th August: and
  • Each presentation will have a maximum time of 15 minutes
  • Colleagues who are unable to attend or present on the day may present posters and/or publications of their research: details to follow

Symposium Aim

To identify models of research across the arts that engages with the public and/or cultural/creative industries.

Prompts for Discussion

  • How can we make creative projects more visible to our students, colleagues and the public?
  • Can we formulate a methods resource bank on engaging with the public in the context of cultural leadership?
  • What are the challenges to working across perceived social and cultural divides?
  • Is there a need across the University to establish a network of projects and practices that interrelate cultural, economic, and social research?
  • Who are the people, groups and organisations involved in developing the cultural ecology of Huddersfield and the wider region?

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Key Notes

Professor Charles Quick, In Certain Places, UCLAN

Since 2003, In Certain Places, led by curators Elaine Speight and Professor Charles Quick, has worked with artists and architects to develop temporary interventions in Preston City Centre, hosted artists’ residencies, and organised talks and debates about art practice and place. Collectively, these activities have generated new understandings of the urban environment, enabled new ideas to be tested in the city’s public spaces, and formed collaborations between artists, institutions, communities, businesses and other individuals in Preston and beyond.

The project is financially supported by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston City Council and the Arts Council of England through their Grants for the Arts scheme.

Dr Keith Bartlett, Director of Culture, Durham University

The University of Durham and Culture North East (CNE) are working together to gather evidence on the relationship between culture and policy in the North East of England, and to compare this with the situation in Europe. This work will focus on current culture-led economic regeneration projects and urban deprivation amelioration work, with particular attention being paid to the respective methodologies for the preliminary and subsequent evaluation of these initiatives, and to their general reception within regional discussion forums. This will contribute to the development of cultural strategy in the NE region, not just for CNE but also for other regional bodies such as universities and local authorities.

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Heritage Quay: Tuesday 13th September 2016

9:30am – 10:00am Coffee and Registration
10:00am Introduction Professor Steve Swindells, University of Huddersfield
10:15am Key note 1 Professor Charles Quick, UCLAN
5 minute comfort break
11:15am Key note 2 Dr Keith Bartlett, Durham University
12:00pm Plenary Q&A Panel Discussion
12:30pm Lunch Handmade Bakery of Slaithwaite
Opportunity to review poster/library presentations
1:15pm Presentations 1: Themes TBC 4 x 15 minute presentations
10 minute comfort break
2:30pm Presentations 2: Themes TBC 4 x 15 minute presentations
10 minute comfort break
3:45pm What Happens Next: World Cafe Open Floor Discussion
4:30pm Close

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