Friday 19 Feb

9.15am – 9.30pm : REGISTRATION
(plenary 2)

  • Transition Towns: New challenges for societies, new opportunities for the arts sector
    – Lucy Neal, theatre maker and community activist, co-founder director of the London International Festival of Theatre
    Among her various engagements in the cultural and arts sector, Lucy Neal is a collaborator of Transition Network. Transition network is a charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. Ultimately it’s about creating a healthy human culture, one that meets our needs for community, livelihoods and fun, to support local stakeholders to take initiatives and face climate change locally.
    Lucy Neal will speak about Playing for Time – a recent publication identifying collaborative arts practices emerging in response to global challenges, reclaiming a traditional role for artists in the community as truth-tellers and agents of change. She will also give a feed back on the recent COP21 from a grass roots network perspective, and open creative path for actions for the civil society sector to tackle these shared challenges.
    Link here
  • The Happy Museum Project
    – Tony Butler,  Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust
    Tony Butler is the director of the Happy Museum Project an initiative that supports museum activities focusing on environmental sustainability, happiness and wellbeing. The project’s ideals draw on a 2011 manifesto co-written by the New Economics Foundation. The Happy Museum Project looks at how the UK museum sector can respond to the challenges presented by the need for creating a more sustainable future. Their proposition is that museums are well placed to play an active part, but that grasping the opportunity will require reimagining some key aspects of their role, both in terms of the kinds of experience they provide to their visitors and the way they relate to their collections, to their communities and to the pressing issues of the day.
    link here
  • R-urban in Hackney Wick – UK: enhancing the capacity of urban resilience through a network of user-run facilities
    – Andreas Lang, Director of PublicWorks
    R-urban is a bottom-up strategy that explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience by introducing a network of user-run facilities. It initiates locally closed ecological cycles that will support the emergence of alternative models of living, producing and consuming. R-urban is supported by the EU Life+ Programme of environmental governance. The project partners are AAA, Paris (coordinator), the City of Colombes and public works, London.R-urban in Hackney Wick is a two phased pilot project with the aim to create collective and participatory process leading to the creation of a new public re-use facility centered around ecological and eco-construction principles while exploring issues around mobile urbanism and reversible use of vacant urban sites. The initial phase of R-urban in Hackney Wick connects existing local initiatives and expertise already engaged with eco-construction and material re-use to create a network of participants and make their knowledge publicly accessible through a participative process. In its second phase the project starts to adopt a vacant site(s) to establish a Transferable Re-use Centre. The centre will allow members to learn about sustainable eco-construction by providing a series of residents run facilities.
    link here
11.30am – 11.45am : COFFEE BREAK
(plenary 2) PART 2

  • Agenda 21 for Culture and its implementation in a local municipalities: Exemples in Belo Horizonte
    – Leonidas Oliveira, Presidente da Fundação Municipal de Cultura de Belo Horizonte & Janine Avelar, Project coordinator Fundação Municipal de Cultura de Belo Horizonte
    The Agenda 21 for culture is a tool to promote the role of culture in local policies. The present canonical triangle of sustainable development – environment, social inclusion and economics – either doesn’t include culture or it is considered an instrumental element. Therefore, the Agenda 21 for culture is a tool to turn culture into a fourth pillar of sustainable development. This confirms the importance of having solid and autonomous cultural policies as well as the establishment of bridges to other dominions of the governance. The speakers will present the concreate implementation of this text in the municipality of Belo Horizonte.
  • Cultural policy in processes of transformation: Capacity building for urban and rural areas
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, University of Hildesheim, Germany
    What is the role of art and artists in the social transformation of society? What impact can Cultural Policy have on the change structures for production, distribution and perception? So it is not primarily about money, but social relevance; it is not about representation, but intervention. It is no longer just about local art organisation, regional support of programmes for arts education or for national cultural institutions, now it’s also about the international relationships of artists, about culture as a development factor and about a comparative analysis of cultural management. Culture is seen as a source for the development of society. The task of cultural policy is therefore to create and support capacity building that promote mobilisation of creativity of the people and thus ensure welfare, innovation and pluralism. Do we need more Museums, Theatre Houses or Cultural Centres? Or is it more efficient to support networks for projects, fair cooperation, flexible working groups on an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary level? What about decentralization from urban to rural areas? Why not change the system of permanent orientation to artistic production for the happy few to perception-oriented democratic participation in the arts?Link here


12.45pm – 2pm : LUNCH BREAK

  • ‘Sing Me To Sleep’
    – Arthur+Martha
    British poet Philip Davenport will introduce Sing Me To Sleep, a collaboration between homeless people in Lithuania and the UK. Two quilt artworks will be made with homeless people in Vilnius and Manchester in a project devised by arts organisation arthur+martha CIC who work with marginalised communities, often in partnership with Bury Art Museum.
    The quilts will be themed around bedtime stories, fairytales, lullabies and the associations for homeless people they bring. Fairytales often have a darker side, but always violence is reversed, preserving the essential part of life without which we cannot prosper: hope. These stories will be refracted through different languages and through memory, making a rich crossover between the poles of experience and innocence. Samples of the creative workshops will be included in this presentation.
    link here
  • FutureEverything
    – Tom Higham, FutureEverything

  • Economic innovation and local development?
    – Raul Abeledo Sanchis, Applied Economics Department,
    University of Valencia
    From the contents of my plenary speech, the workshop aims to help the participants to analyze their specific reality and situation, promoting applying the theoretical and methodological framework in a practical way. As a result, an strategic vision will be developed and the main action guidelines will be identified.
3.30pm – 3.50pm : COFFEE BREAK
3.50pm – 5.15pm : ENCC PLENARY ASSEMBLY
5.15pm – 5.45pm : CLOSURE


day 1 Day 2 day 3


Sculpture Centre Event (2)