An invitation from the University of Huddersfield to the Culture, Community, Creativity conference on 16th February 2018 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield.

The ROTOR Transdisciplinary Dialogue and Debate programme is based around a partnership between the University of Huddersfield and Huddersfield Art Gallery, which has been explored over 5 years through a series of research-led art, design and architecture exhibitions and public engagement opportunities.

We would like to invite you to join us at the Culture, Community, Creativity conference which will address some of the questions and challenges that have arisen from ROTOR — but which are transferable across a wide range of practices, projects and organisations. It will consider the implications of place and cultural democracy in creating opportunities for making, showing and encountering the arts and culture. Conference discussions are based around the following provocations:

  • How might creative thinking and action be nurtured and lead to the growth of places?
  • What is the role of the arts in place-making?
  • How can businesses, universities and cultural organisations support ‘peripheral’ artistic activity?
  • How do we support the economic – and emotional – resilience of artistic activity within towns and cities?
  • In what ways can artistic activity enhance a sense of citizenship, ownership and belonging?
  • How might DIY or fringe activities and opportunities function as cultural animators of a place?
  • What do we mean by ‘cultural democracy’ in the context of local arts initiatives?
  • How can effective cultural advocacy be implemented to ensure that arts projects are less a temporary intervention and more a long term vision, for a place?

We hope you can join us on Friday 16 February 2018.

Please see for more information on speakers, workshops and booking, and disseminate this email to your contacts/networks as appropriate.

With kind regards,

Sarah and Anna

Images:  Roger Bygott

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