Developing a Sense of Place

The Role of the Arts in Regenerating Communities

Edited by Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon

ISBN: 9781787357655

Publication: October 07, 2020

What is this?

How do cultural planners and policymakers work through the arts to create communities? What do artists need to build a sense of place in their community? To discuss these issues, Developing a Sense of Place brings together new models and case studies, each drawn from a specific geographical or socio-cultural context.

Selected for their lasting effect in their local community, the case studies explore new models for opening up the relationship between the university and its regional partners, explicitly connecting creative, critical and theoretical approaches to civic development. The volume has three sections: Case Studies of Place-Making; Models and Methods for Developing Place-Making Through the Arts; and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Place and Contested Identities. The sections cover regions in the UK such as Bedford, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wakefield, and internationally in countries such as Brazil, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

Developing a Sense of Place offers a range of viewpoints from, for example, the arts strategist, the academic, the practice-researcher and the artist. Through its innovative models, from performing arts to architectural design, the volume will serve the needs and interests of arts and cultural policy managers, master planners and arts workers, as well as students of Human Geography, Cultural Planning, Business and the Creative Industries, and Arts Administration, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Praise for Developing a Sense of Place

'The reader can leisurely dip into a number of case studies. A wide range of invested experts, artists and local people ... makes this both insightful and engaging.'
Journal of Urban Design

Tamara Ashley is Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire.

Alexis Weedon is UNESCO Chair and Professor of Publishing at the University of Bedfordshire. 

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Notes on contributors

Foreword by Hedley Roberts


Introduction: Sensing place, a moment to reflect  

Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon

Section 1: Case studies of place-making 

1. Eastern Angles: A sense of place on stage  

Ivan Cutting

2. Lesson drawing and community engagement: The experience of Take A Part in Plymouth  

Kim Wide and Rory Shand

3. Raising the Barr  

Sanna Wicks

4. Interview with E17 Art Trail directors Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire  

Alexis Weedon

Section 2: Models and methods for developing place-making through the arts

5. A model for university–town partnership in the arts: TestBeds 

Emma-Rose Payne and Alexis Weedon

6. The Beam archive, Wakefield 

Kerry Harker

7. This Is Not My House: Notes on film-making, photography and my father 

David Jackson

8. Notions of place in relation to freelance arts careers: A study into the work of independent dancers  

Rachel Farrer and Imogen Aujla

Section 3: Multidisciplinary approaches to place and contested identities

9. Performing places: Carnival, culture and the performance of contested national identities 

Jonathan Croose

10. A sense of place: From experience to language, from the Polish traveller through a Spanish saint to an adaptation of a Zimbabwean play

Agnieszka Piotrowska

11. The EU migrant: Britain’s sense of place in English newspaper journalism  

Paul Rowinski

12. Rethinking the photographic studio as a politicised space 

Caroline Molloy

13. Creative routine and dichotomies of space  

Philip Mile

14. Doing things differently: Contested identity across Manchester’s arts culture quarters 

Peter Atkinson

15. First, second and third: Exploring Soja’s Thirdspace theory in relation to everyday arts and culture for young people 

Steph Meskell-Brocken

16. A sense of play: (Re)animating place through recreational distance running  

Kieran Holland

17. Shiftless Shuffle from Luton: An interview with Perry Louis 

Jane Carr

Afterword by Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon 


'The reader can leisurely dip into a number of case studies. A wide range of invested experts, artists and local people ... makes this both insightful and engaging.'
Journal of Urban Design


Format: Open Access PDF

19 B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787357655

Publication: October 07, 2020

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