Arts and Place NOW

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2 Jun – 16 Jul 2020, 4–5pm

Arts and Place NOW is a series of free online conversations curated by the National Arts and Place Consortium that will shine a light on exemplar projects amplifying the artists' voice in placemaking and exploring the future role of artists working in the public realm.

In the midst of a global pandemic, this series of live-streamed conversations will shine a light on a range of exemplar projects focusing on artists working in place in different contexts, at different scales and together explore the future role of artists working in the public realm. 

We aim to inspire and challenge as well as helping to build an online community to increase support amongst the sector during these uncertain times. This series is managed by Beam and supported by Art Fund.

Overview of series & links

The National Arts and Place Consortium (APC) emerged from the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2014 and was adopted as a working group of the Place Alliance with a primary aim of championing the role of the arts and artists in placemaking. APC is Chaired by Professor Charles Quick, Director In Certain Places, Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLAN & Independent Artist, managed by Beam and supported by a range of artists and cultural & built environment professionals from across the UK. 

APC has recently secured a grant from Art Fund Network Grants to support the development of the network and engagement of the wider sector. To coincide with Coventry’s role as UK city of culture in 2021, The Arts and Place Consortium in collaboration with the School of Art and Design at Coventry University will use part of this funding to encourage a cross-sector in debate about the future role of artists in the public realm in the aftermath of Covid 19. 

Please note all talks will be streamed live via Youtube and times shown are in GMT. We encourage viewers to interact and ask questions via Youtube comments. The links below will provide you with more information about the focus of each talk and enable you to 'book' on via Eventbrite which will automatically send you a reminder in advance of the live streamed event. A recording of all talks will be uploaded to this website in due course.

Thursday 11th June 16:00-17:00

Sebastian Hicks in conversation with Cara Pickering, Project Manager, Coventry Modern

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Focus: Sebastian will talk about the development and impact of temporary pavilion 'The Chapel of Many' in the wider context of placemaking in Coventry with reference to Coventry 2021, Coventry Modern and the emerging Coventry Urban Room.

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Thursday 18th June 16:00-17:00 

Mark Titchner in conversation with Sherry Dobbin, Partner, Future City

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Focus: Artist Mark Titchner and public art curator Sherry Dobbin will focus on Titchner’s recent outdoor signage art takeover of ‘Please believe these days will pass’ at the outbreak of COVID-19 London Lockdown. Their discussion will expand to larger implications of artwork in the public realm and how issues of intention, authorship, viral distribution, facilitation and collaboration impact the artwork process and the in-person and digital viewer engagement.   

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Thursday 25th June 16:00-17:00

Diane Dever + Nils Norman in conversation with Lewis Biggs, Curator, Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021 

Focus: Creative Folkestone (initially Creative Foundation, Folkestone) is a visionary arts charity dedicated to transforming Folkestone through collective creative activity, making the town a better place to live, work, play and visit. Folkestone Triennial is one of the five arms of its programme, inviting visual artists of international standing to contribute to the place-making agenda. Nils and Diane will be in conversation with Lewis Biggs looking at how a range of interventions affect Folkestone as a Place.

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Thursday 30th June 16:00-17:00

Carolyn Deby & Michael Pigott in conversation with Sabine Coady Schäbitz, Associate Professor, Architecture School of Art and Design, Coventry University.

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Focus:  Commissioned artist, Carolyn Deby, sirenscrossing, and project Co-Investigator Dr Michael Pigott, Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick will discuss their respective artistic micro-projects engaging with space and the city; both part of Sensing the City, a three-year, AHRC-funded practice-based research project in Coventry. 

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Thursday 9th July 16:00-17:00

Katerina Seda in conversation with Charles Quick, Professor Public Art Practice, UCLAN + Co- Curator In Certain Places + Chair of Arts and Place Consortium

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Focus: Katerina will talk about her project 'For Every Dog A Different Master' where she encouraged connections between residents of the New Líšeň housing estate that was crumbling under colourful plasterwork following the regeneration of prefabricated buildings.

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Thursday 16th July 16:00-17:00

Ibrahim Mahama

More details & booking coming soon!


Rebecca Chesney in conversation with Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2.06.20)

Focus: Rebecca will reflect on her residency at YSP in 2010 that resulted in 'I'm Blue You're Yellow' located in Everton Park, Liverpool and her return as resident artist at YSP this year. 

Watch the recording here.

Past Activities

Framing Arts In Place: Preston

Regional Conversations

Fri 14 Jul 2017, 9am–5pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Preston bus station

The first regional conversation was held in Preston in 2017, examining what a future national government policy for the public arts could look like. 

Arts and Place: Nottingham

Regional Conversations

Tue 6 Mar 2018, 9am–5pm
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 (2018).

Big Meet 8: Artists and the Arts in Placemaking


Wed 18 Apr 2018, 9am–5pm
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, 9am–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. (July 2018)

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

Thu 21 Feb 2019, 9am–5pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

Farrells event

This event in February 2019 marked the 5th anniversary of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment. Reflecting on recent achievements, government and industry leaders asked “what more can be done in the future?".

Event organised by Farrells.

Big Meet 9: Placemaking and Design Leadership


Tue 2 Apr 2019, 9am–5pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

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. 

Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore


17 – 19 Oct 2019, 9am–5pm
Jeffery Hall, 20 BedfordWay,WC1H 0AL

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NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to present Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere, which engages with art in privately owned public spaces through a Public Art Education Summit and research presentation. (Oct 2019)