Online event

Thursday 30 July 2020 1-4pm

This event will take place through Zoom – you will be emailed the link and details once registered through Eventbrite. 

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Covid-19 has impacted Temporary Contemporary as a place-based initiative working in partnership with Kirklees Council. Since 2018, the project has expanded to create a cultural hub for arts and cultural practitioners/workers and academic researchers in the centre of Huddersfield town. 

To coincide with the book launch of Temporary Contemporary: creating vibrant spaces to support the conditions for creative and cultural activity, we invite you to participate in an afternoon event which considers the progress of the initiative to date and asks how we might continue to realise arts and cultural activities in-situ and within vacant spaces in Queensgate Indoor Market and in the Piazza Shopping area of Huddersfield.

We encourage you to think with us about the evolution and growth of Temporary Contemporary in a Covid context. What mechanisms and modes of delivery might be designed, developed and programmed to aid in the future development and sustainability of this initiative?

Key strands for the event with guest speakers and breakout rooms for discussion:

  1. Sustainable Income Generation for Temporary Contemporary (creative sector)
  2. Structures of Support – what do artists and cultural producers need?
  3. Environmental/Climate Change – ecological approaches
  4. Place-based/Public Space Huddersfield – mixed cultural ecology

Dr Rowan Bailey and Dr Stella Baraklianou talk to Parley about the impact of and response to COVID-19, Temporary Contemporary in a post covid context, the ways in which we experience art and how art and artists respond to a time of crisis and much more

Sofa Sessions is a podcast series as part of a new programme of work "Popped-Up" by Parley. Throughout the series we hear from people who work in arts and culture in Kirklees about the impact of, and response to COVID-19.

Running order

1pm Zoom event opens
1.05pm Introductions and general Zoom-keeping
1.10pm  What is Temporary Contemporary?
Speakers - Dr Rowan Bailey/Dr Linda Pitwood
1.25pm  Sustainable Income Generation for Temporary Contemporary (creative sector) and Structures of Support - what do artists and cultural producers need?
Speakers - Susan Jones (published writer, commentator, and researcher on visual arts and artists' practice), Kath Davies and Robin Widdowson (Kirklees Council), Wilsons Republic (Darren Evans and Aidan Nolan). Chaired by Victoria McCorkell
1.45pm  Environmental/Climate Change - ecological approaches
Speakers - Mike Prior (Kirklees Declares Emergency), Dr Anna Davidson (University of Huddersfield), Dr Ioanni Delsante (University of Huddersfield). Chaired by Laura Mateescu and Tabassum Ahmed (PhD students, University of Huddersfield).
1.55pm  Place-based/Public Space Huddersfield - mixed cultural ecology
Speaker - Liz Ainge (East Street Arts). Chaired by Rowan Bailey
2.10pm Breakout rooms for discussion (5 minutes break for participants before discussions start)
2.15pm  Discussions/prompts for thinking (30 minutes)
The speakers listed above will be part of these breakout discussion rooms in order for us to collectively generate conversations with you as part of this event.
2.55pm General discussion/feedback
3.15pm Launch of 3 briefs - pitched by Victoria, Tabassum/Laura, Rowna and Liz
3.30pm Questions and close


This event will aim to finish at 4pm.


***Please note - you will be emailed the Zoom link and password if you have signed up and have a virtual ticket through Eventbrite.

This is an event hosted by the Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture.

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