The Centre for Culture, Sport & Events is delighted to invite you to our virtual annual conference. The event ‘Recovery, Repair & Renewal: The role of arts and culture in the future of urban places’ will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2021.

The Centre for Culture, Sport and Events, CCSE, undertakes research, consultation and knowledge exchange work aligned with our four key themes:

  • Place focussed cultural regeneration
  • Arts, cultural diplomacy & soft power
  • Sports, cultural events & festivals
  • Media, communication & digital cultures

CCSE logoThe Centre emerged from a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of Scotland and Renfrewshire Council and the relevance of our research and consultation work for the ongoing work of the council is an important consideration. CCSE is part of the wider Future Paisley programme. Thus, in addition to our externally commissioned research and consultation work, the Centre collaborates with colleagues at Renfrewshire Council across a range of settings to ensure that the decisions taken within Future Paisley are based on sound evidence.

This year’s event is intended as an opportunity to explore the examine the pursuit of arts, culture and heritage development as a transformative tool for social and economic growth and, to identify and explore the ways that this approach to urban regeneration is likely to be impacted by the added uncertainty heralded by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Investment in arts, culture and heritage has often been proposed as a transformative tool; one which can be leveraged to overcome social, economic and educational inequality and promote social and economic growth. The improvement of local quality of life and bolstering of the visitor economy are the mainstays of this approach. Yet, the advent of the COVID pandemic has presented significant cause for reconsideration of the future efficacy and sustainability of the model.

‘Recovery, Repair & Renewal: The role of arts and culture in the future of urban places’ is an opportunity to hear some of our foremost practitioner and academic experts specialising in the realms of arts, culture and events and the ways in which these link to political and economic priorities locally and nationally discussing the change that we are currently experiencing and exploring the potential avenues through which arts, culture and events might assist us in charting a way through the pandemic and beyond.

Speakers include:

Andrew Dixon,  who is one of the UK’s leading cultural place consultants with extensive experience of developing and delivering flagship arts and cultural initiatives. Currently, though his company – Culture Creativity Place – Andrew specialises in place based cultural development and partnerships. He advised and led on successful bids for Hull 2017, Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture, Leeds 2023 and York’s UNESCO status.

Lynne Halfpenny has over 35 years of experience in Scotland’s cultural sector. Lynne recently retired as Director of Culture for Edinburgh City Council where she had responsibility for a staffing complement of c.160, cultural venues, the civic museums service, arts, festivals and events and public safety for the Council. Partnership working has at the forefront of Lynne’s approach, critical to a range of successes especially working with Edinburgh’s Festivals and the city’s cultural venues to ensure that they continue to thrive and function as local, national and international beacons of success. The development of cultural programmes that include all of Edinburgh’s communities, partnership with the city’s major festivals and ensuring that benefits were experienced by all of Edinburgh’s residents was a particular focal point.

Pauline Allan, Renfrewshire Council’s Event Operations Lead, Louisa Mahon Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council and Strategic Lead for the Paisley Partnership alongside VisitScotland’s Marie Christie,  Regular Music’s Mark Mackie and Renfrewshire Leisure’s Music Project Producer, Marie Collins, will also share their views. Sarah Grant who, in addition to working as a Creative Arts Co-ordinator in Mental Health and Addictions for the NHS is the Creative Lead for Renfrewshire’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and Jackie Sands – strategic programme of Environmental Art and Design Development for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – will also be joining CCSE Director and Deputy Director Professor Gayle McPherson and Professor David McGillivray alongside CCSE doctoral researchers Lan Pham, Conor Wilson and Niclas Hell to explore the issues of recovery, repair and renewal.

Find out more and register for the event here