| 10.30am – 12.30pm :
||CITIES CHALLENGES, FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL (plenary)
- Inverting the Hierarchy of Mediations
– Tony Trehy, Director of Bury Art Museum
As its smallest district is to Bury, Bury is to Manchester; as Manchester is to London, and as London competes global prominence with Berlin or New York. Cultural, economic and political influence in the UK is concentrated in the South of England. Metaphorically every nation has its peripheral ‘north’, whether it’s the South of Italy or East of Germany; every town, indeed every cultural venue, is a satellite to somewhere else. This hierarchy of mediations, one level peripheral to another, defines an experience, status, access to resources, even the seriousness with which its cultural actions are received. Director Tony Trehy presents an analysis of this dynamic of power and argues that in the 21st Century a new reality is possible, one were the hierarchy can be challenged and that being peripheral may represent the greatest opportunity for sustainability and creative innovation.
- How cultural stakeholders work in connection with global networks and perspective? Curating China’s Architectures of Change: From Artist to Art Museum
– Rachel Marsden, Independent Curator, UK
For many, it is a life lived divided between cities, places, and experiences – what can be defined as “in the transculture”, the space across and between different global cultures. The rapid development of the city, urban fabric and land, which we negotiate on a daily basis, raises questions as to how we try and accept its changing presence, how we are placed within it and its future impact. China is growing at an unprecedented speed in line with the president, Xi Jinping’s catchphrase of achieving “The Chinese Dream”. As cities become centres for manufacture and production, and urban neighbourhoods are restructured, buildings seem to suddenly disappear, whilst new ones, already in progress, become visible on the skyline. Mass media relays many images and statistics relating to this economic growth, now the second largest in the world specifically for luxury goods, and in relation to its cultural boom largely of contemporary art, architecture, fashion and graphic arts. Since 2001, every month has seen an urban growth in the nation equivalent to the size of the city of Chicago.
In turn, China has recognised the importance of this cultural innovation, acknowledging that value cannot just come from manufacturing and production, re-envisioning their national mission ‘from Made in China to Created/Designed in China’. (Keane 2013:149) Seeing it as an opportunity to build civic identity through cultural growth, it has triggered what they are calling ‘the “museumification” of China’ (Johnson and Florence 2013), the start of a Chinese ‘museographic practice’ (Ha Thuc 2014:46) and dedicated “museum zones”. Furthrmore, due to its short history of only fifteen years, the contemporary art museum only makes up only 2% of museums in China – most designed by renowned “starchitects”, Chinese and international, with first-tier cities wanting to attract designers who can present “utopian visions” (Keane 2013:154).
The rapid construction of these largely Western ‘modernist’ buildings, together with China’s “ghost cities”, left empty in the wake of over-zealous construction, has caused me to reflect on what I call China’s “architectures of change” from the perspectives of the artist, curator and art museum.
‘The question seems to be more ‘how many museums can we build and at what pace?’ rather than ‘what content will be shown?’’ (Ha Thuc 2014:46)
- What are the main sustainability challenges of the cities for the next decades?
– Raül Abeledo Sanchis, University of Valencia, Spain
What are the main sustainability challenges of the cities for the next decades? How these scenario affect the planning and management of cultural organisations? What kind of impacts can we expect in terms of re-structuration of the market? What are the main strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) that we can identify for the cultural stakeholders in our contemporary urban context ?
| 2pm – 3.30pm :
||SUSTAINING ARTISTS EMERGENCE TO CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREATIVE DYNAMICS (workshops)
- Artistic emergence and local creativity
– Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery Manchester
Kwong will lead a workshop that will explore the Castlefield’ s innovative approach to supporting the Manchester Art Scene. CG’s vision is for the North West of England to be a place where artists can live and produce work while presenting their work in national and international contexts. Its mission is to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen their audience’s relationship to contemporary art, the workshop will explore this as well as how CG came to develop New Art Spaces a pop-up creative space for emerging talent. The workshop will also look at the CG Associates Membership Scheme, launched in 2012, for artists and independent curators and writers.
- Sustaining local economy through arts
– Matthew Shaul, Departure Lounge in Luton
Departure Lounge in Luton, which I founded in collaboaration with Trevor Horsewood in 2010 has established a significant new presence for emerging contemporary photographic art in southern England.I will discuss the often halting and often interrupted process of establishing Departure Lounge in Luton (a process, which is ongoing) and In particular the challenges of establishing a contemporary art gallery from a standing start with no start up capital in a location which suffers from very negative PR, high levels of economic and social exclusion and low levels of aspiration.
- Citizens participation in urban space
– Camilla Møhring Reestorff, Birgit Eriksson, Carsten Stage, Aarhus University, Denmark
| 3.50pm – 5.15pm :
||TACKLING CITIES CHALLENGES, NEW PATH FOR COLLABORATIONS (workshops)
- All Together Now: The Art Of Working in Partnership
– Catharine Braithwaite
In this time of crowd sourcing and crowd funding, museums and galleries can also benefit from working in partnership with each other as well as with organisations outside the cultural realm, an approach which can reap rewards particularly in uncertain economic times. Partnership encapsulates the sharing of resources, ideas, objectives, staff and even audiences which can provide stronger and often more creative strategies. Partnership can deliver economic benefit for the city by bringing in culturally interested visitors as well as becoming more visible to new market segments who might not otherwise engage with museums and galleries.
Cultural tourism is becoming increasingly popular within both the cultural and tourism sectors, but what does cultural tourism actually mean in practice? It’s not a quick and easy option – a cultural destination is not established in visitors’ minds by one-off advertising campaigns, by working in isolation or by sticking within your own sector. Being outward looking can lead to new creativity, new funding opportunities and it can be sustainable if partners inside and outside the cultural sector buy in for the long term.
- European examples of urban resilience and presentation of European strategies and funding frames
– Christoph Jankowski, British Council/Creative Europe Desk Culture UK