Developing a Sense of Place
The Role of the Arts in Regenerating Communities
Edited by Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon
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 a series of case studies and success stories, 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.
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.
Introduction: Sensing Place, a moment to reflect
Section 1: Case studies of place-making
Context for Each Section
1. Eastern angles: A sense of place on stage
2. Lesson drawing and community engagement: The experience of Take A Part in Plymouth
Kim Wide and Rory Shand
3. Raising the Barr
4. Interview with E17 Art Trail directors: Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire
Models and methods for developing place-making through the arts
5. A model for university-town partnership in the arts: TestBeds
Emma Payne and Alexis Weedon
6. The Beam archive, Wakefield
7. This Is Not My House: Notes on film-making, photography and my father
8. Notions of place in relation to freelance arts careers: A study into the work of independent dancers
Imogen Aujla and Rachel Farrer
Section 3: Multidisciplinary approaches to place and contested identities
9. Performing places: Carnival, culture and the performance of contested national identities
10. A sense of place: From experience to language, from the Polish traveller through a Spanish saint to an adaptation of a Zimbabwean play
11. The EU Migrant: Britain’s sense of place in English newspaper journalism
12. Rethinking the photographic studio as a politicised space
13. Creative routine and dichotomies of space
14. Doing things differently: Contested identity across Manchester’s arts culture quarters
15. First, second and third: Exploring Soja's Thirdspace theory in relation to everyday arts and culture for young people
16. A sense of play: (Re)animating place through recreational distance running
17. Shiftless Shuffle from Luton: An interview with Perry Louis
Tamara Ashley and Alexis Weedon
Format: Open Access PDF
19 B&W illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: October 07, 2020