Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking
On 17 October 2017 Theatres Trust's Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking brought together theatre operators, local authorities, planners, developers and architects to explore the role of theatres and wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking.
We have gathered resources related to theatres and placemaking for attendees. These include Conference 17: Contributors presentations from plenary and parallel sessions, plus handouts and post-Conference Press.
Our Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking Report is due out January 2018.
Placemaking in Context
What is placemaking and how do theatres and wider cultural infrastructure contribute?
Dr Cara Courage, Futurecity introduced the concept of 'placemaking' and the role of culture and cultural infrastructure in creating a successful place.
Paul Callaghan CBE, DL, FRSA, Chair of Live Theatre and Trustee of Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust explored the role of culture within regeneration as part of the MACQ (Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter) project in Sunderland.
Culture in the City: Sunderland's Cultural Transformation, My Word, 2017 Amazon.co.uk
Anna Devlet, Head of Community at British Land and David Byrne, Artistic and Executive Director, New Diorama Theatre described their long term partnership, building and running the theatre as part of the Regent’s Place development.
Parallel 1 – Civic Pride: Local Authorities & Cultural Placemaking
What are the benefits of investing in theatres and wider cultural infrastructure? What are the challenges for local authorities in protecting, adapting and building cultural buildings and how can they overcome them?
Ed Bayes Policy Officer, Culture at Risk, Culture and Creative Industries talked about how the Greater London Authority are protecting and promoting cultural buildings across London.
Graham Lister, Project Director for Storyhouse Chester and Councillor Louise Gittins, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council explained why and how they went about building support for and investment in the recently opened Storyhouse in Chester.
Ian Timms, Assistant Director for Business Development at Taunton Deane and West Somerset Council, Vanessa Lefrancois, Chief Executive, Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre and Tim Foster, MA Dip Arch (Cantab) RIBA, Partner, Foster Wilson Architects discussed their plans for a new cultural quarter based around the redevelopment of the Brewhouse.
Parallel 2 – Cultural Citizens: Communities Putting Culture on the Map
How are local communities engaging in cultural placemaking through campaigning to protect theatres? What are the challenges they face and how can they overcome them? How can we encourage greater community involvement in cultural planning and placemaking?
Brian Whiteley, Planning Advisor, Planning Aid explained how communities get involved in neighbourhood and local plans and outlines how the arts sector could engage better with their communities around cultural planning and placemaking.
Daniel Rose, Executive Director, Mechanics’ Institution Trust discussed the ambition to bring the Swindon Mechanics’ Institution back to life as a community-run theatre.
Hannah Garrow, Fundraising and Community Engagement Director, Leith Theatres Trust talks about their success in the re-opening and animating of Leith Theatre in Edinburgh.
Parallel 3 – People, Places & Spaces: Designing Democratic Theatres
How does a theatre building relate to its local community? How do the architecture and ethos of a theatre shape one another and how do they combine to create a sense of community ownership, belonging and identity?
Damian Cruden, Artistic Director, York Theatre Royal and Angus Morrogh-Ryan, Director, De Matos Ryan Architects discussed their recent award-winning transformation of York Theatre Royal.
David Watson, Associate Director, Rick Mather Architects discussed the recently completed Reuben Foundation Wing extension to the Lyric Hammersmith.
Sian Alexander, Executive Director at the Lyric drew on her experience of overseeing capital projects and the mission and philosophy of the theatre.
Jatinder Verma MBE, Artistic Director, Tara Arts, and Julian Middleton, Executive Director, Aedas Arts Team described how they collaborated on an award-winning refurbishment of Tara Theatre, London.
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26/10/2017 The Stage | Quotes of the week “There is a real sense of ownership from our local community for the theatre, so we feel a massive sense of responsibility for how we play our part in the area.” Sian Alexander, executive director at London’s Lyric Hammersmith, speaking at the Theatres Trust conference
00/10/2017 Space Architects | Theatres & Placemaking: the need to adapt to survive
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31/10/2017 Making Music blog Place-making: what is it?
09/11/2017 LSI Online Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres and Placemaking synopsis
09/11/2017 PlaceMaking Resource Analysis: Can the show go on for theatres?