Framing Arts In Place: Preston 2017

Regional Conversations Preston bus station

14 Jul 2017 – 14 Jul 2018, 10am–4pm

The first regional conversation was held in Preston, examining what a future national government policy for the public arts could look like. 

Participants heard from a range of perspectives about how the public arts have played a critical role in adding to the development of a place through a range of different policies and initiatives. Guest speakers included:

• Carolyn Primett, Head of Arts – Blackpool Council

• Matthew Burl, Architect, Associate – Hawkins\Brown

• Jeni McConnell, Artist

• Professor Charles Quick, Co-founder In Certain Places and Chair of Arts and Place working group

Together we examined what a fit for purpose and future national policy for the promotion and funding of the public arts could look like framed via a series of key questions:

• What sort of places do we want to live in?  

• How should arts in place be funded?

• What role can education play in the development of arts in place?

• How and where can government policy be supportive or more proactive?


Big Meet 9: Placemaking and Design Leadership


Tue 2 Apr 2019, 10am–4pm

Big Meet 9: Placemaking and Design Leadership

We are pleased to announce that the 'Big Meet 9: Placemaking and Design Leadership' will take place in London on Tuesday 2 April 2019, at UCL. 

Past Activities

Arts and Place: Nottingham 2018

Regional Conversations

Tue 6 Mar 2018, 12–4pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Arts and Place participants, photo credit - Reece Straw

Primary and the national Arts and Place Working Group joined forces to invite the arts, cultural and built environment sectors from the East Midlands region to engage in a conversation around embedding the arts and artists in place.

Big Meet 8: Artists and the Arts in Placemaking


Wed 18 Apr 2018, 10am–4pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Big Meet 8

Organised by the Arts & Place Working Group 'Big Meet 8: Artists and the Arts in Place-Making' took place at Jeffrey Hall, UCL on the 18 April 2018.

Cultural Wellbeing & York: A Creative Workshop


Tue 17 Jul 2018, 12–5pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Workshop participants

Organised by Beam as part of its national Arts and Place programme, with funding from Arts Council England.

Farrell Review 5 years on - what's next for the built environment?

Thu 21 Feb 2019
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Farrells event

This event will mark the 5th anniversary of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment. Reflecting on recent achievements, government and industry leaders will ask “what more can be done in the future?".

Event organised by Farrells.