Cultural Transformations

WHAT’S NEXT? Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Evaluation Conference

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 November 2019

Main Programme

Outline programme, further details confirmed in September

 

Conference Launch: Tuesday 19 November 2019

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Conference Launch

18.00-20.15

Welcome and Networking EventThe Guildhall,
Lowgate,
Hull HU1 2AA
18.00Refreshments served
18.30-18.40Welcome to the conference Professor Glenn Burgess, Professor of History, University of Hull.
18.40-18.50Welcome to the CityCllr Steve Brady, Leader of Hull City Council
City of Culture Legacies and the Challenges and Rewards of ‘Keeping Things Going’:
18.50-19.05A reflection from Derry/Londonderry, UK City of Culture 2013.Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy, Derry City and Strabane District Council
19.05-19.20A perspective from Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008.Claire McColgan, Director, Culture Liverpool.
19.20-19.35A reflection from Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.Martin Green, Former CEO Hull 2017 Ltd.
19.35-19.50Q&A
19.50-20.15Conversations and Networking.

Day One: Wednesday 20 November 2019

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DAY ONE

 

Wednesday 20 November 2019Venue: Kingsley Suite,
Canham Turner Building,
University of Hull
9.15-10.00Registration and Coffee.

SESSION ZERO
 
Chair: Professor Glenn Burgess, Professor of History, University of Hull.
 
10.00-10.10General WelcomeProfessor Lucy Mazdon, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education, University of Hull.
10.10-10.20Cultural Transformations – What’s Next? Evaluation methods, conference structure and aims.Professor Franco Bianchini, Director, Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI), University of Hull.
10.20-10.40City of Culture Legacy as a Collective Act.Lee Corner, Chair, Absolutely Cultured.

 Session ONE
 

 Local Identities, City Image and Pride
 
 
Chair: Kathy McArdle, Director of England and Cities, British Council.
 
Inspired by the performance ‘Made in Hull’ – a highlight of the 2017 cultural programme – session one examines the influence of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on internal and external perceptions of the city. Drawing together social, economic, physical and cultural factors, it considers the role of place-making strategies in enabling culture-led transformations, contextualised by a decade of research revealing how the European Capital of Culture 2008 transformed image and identity in Liverpool.
10.40–10.55Impacts and Processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Place making.Professor David Atkinson, Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, University of Hull.
10.55–11.15Keynote:

Made in Hull: Place, identity and being on the edge in a City of Culture.

Sean McAllister, Film-maker.
11.15–11.55Panel Discussion:

Changing Places: How can a cultural mega-event transform a city’s image?

Chair: Kathy McArdle, British Council.

Panellists:

Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool.

Professor Andy Jonas, Professor for Human Geography, University of Hull.

David Renwick, Head of NLHF for Yorkshire and the Humber, National Lottery Fund

Simon Green, Director of Cultural Services, Hull Culture and Leisure

 

11.55–12.15Q&A
12.15–13.00LUNCH.
Session TWOCultural Vibrancy, Collaboration and ContinuityChair: Professor Alastair Borthwick, Professor of Music, University of Hull.
Combining rapid-fire insights with reflection and debate, session two, puts a spotlight on the experience of the cultural sector in the early aftermath of a cultural mega-event.  In a post City of Culture context, it asks, what networks, cultural ecologies and innovative actions are required to stimulate, co-create and maintain engaged audiences and artistic aspirations?
13.00–13.15PerformanceVicky Foster, Poet.
13.15–13.35Impacts and Processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Arts and Culture.Victoria Bisset, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
Professor Franco Bianchini, Director – Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
13.35–14.05Pecha Kucha:

My story after 2017 (and a note to the future).

Chair: Marianne Lewsley-Stier, Head of Culture Campus, University of Hull.

Contributors including:

Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director, Silent Uproar (subject to change).

Jackie Goodman, Project Manager, Feral Art School.

Louise Yates, Director, Back to Ours (plus guest).

14.05–14.50Panel Discussion:

Strengthening the city’s cultural ecology: audiences, participation, talent and skills

Chair: Professor Alastair Borthwick, Professor of Music, University of Hull.

Panellists:

Amanda Huxtable, Artist

Pete Massey, Regional Director, Arts Council England

Kenn Taylor, Director, Artlink

Dr Ben Walmsley, Associate Professor in Audience Engagement, University of Leeds and Director, Centre for Cultural Value.

14.50–15.10Q&A
15.10–15.30Coffee Break
Session THREEEconomic Vitality, Equity and Sustainability
Does culture-led urban regeneration enable disadvantaged social group to access employment in the creative industries and to benefit from the growth of cultural tourism? How can policy-makers persuade the Treasury to keep investing in City of Culture programmes? What can we learn from leading-edge thinking in innovative finance for urban cultural projects?  These questions are addressed by speakers and panellists in a session that considers the interplay between economic gain and social equity in a City of Culture context.
15.30–15.45Impacts and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Economy.Dr Nigel Morpeth, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
Stuart Merali-Younger, Associate Director, Hatch Regeneris London
15.45–16.00Speaker tbc
16.00–16.40Panel Discussion:
Implications of the findings for economically, socially and environmentally sustainable urban futures.
Panellists including:

Kate MacDonald, Working Board Member, Mutual Aid Network Hull & East Riding.

Garry Taylor, Assistant Director for Major Projects, Place and Infrastructure, Hull City Council.

Kai Wooder, Director of Enterprise, The Rank Foundation.

16.40-17.05Q&A
17.05–17.15Concluding Remarks and Close.Professor Franco Bianchini, Director – Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
17.30–18.00Performance.Tamar & Jo. Dance.
EveningNetworking Event at Humber Street Gallery.See: ‘Additional Activities’ for details

Day Two: Thursday 21 November 2019

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DAY TWOThursday 21 November 2019Venue: Kingsley Suite,
Canham Turner Building,
University of Hull
8.15–9.00Registration and Coffee
Session FOURWellbeing, Social Capital and LearningChair: Dr Josef Ploner, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester.
Examining the impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in relation to key social challenges, such as reducing loneliness and isolation, building community cohesion and resilience and improving mental health.  It examines the role of volunteering, creative practices in schools and other cultural initiatives in counteracting exclusion and strengthening social bonds.
9.00–9.10WelcomeJane, Lady Gibson, Chair of CAPSAG and Vice Chair of Spirit of 2012.
9.10–9.25Impacts and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Society and Wellbeing.Barbara Grabher, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
9.25–9.40Keynote:
The arts, health and ‘the good society’: What can cultural institutions do?
Professor Lynn Froggett, Director of the Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire.
9.40–10.20Panel Discussion:

Challenges of social transformation: equality and durability.

Chair: Dr Josef Ploner, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester.

Panellists including:

Dr Lisa Jones, Lecturer in Education, University of Hull.

Dan Roper, Chair, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group.

Julia Vogl, Independent Artist.

10.20–10.40Q&A
10.40–11.00Coffee Break.
Session FIVEFuture Directions: What’s next for the Cities of Culture movement?
What can be learned from legacy strategies in other Cities of Culture internationally? Under what conditions can evaluation help shape imaginative and effective policy-development? And what are the potential advantages and consequences of adopting an open participatory, ‘learning city,’ bottom-up approach to city cultural strategy-making? Session five brings together multiple perspectives consider how ideas and good practice can transfer from one City of Culture initiative to the next.
11.00–11.15Performance.TAP Duo. Music.
11.15–11.20Welcome.Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive and Director, Culture Creativity Place.
11.20–11.35Impacts and Processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Partnerships and Development.Dr Alexandra Oanca, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
Dr Pip Gardner, Consultant and Former Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Hull 2017 Ltd.
11.35–11.50Turning City of Culture evaluation into policy? Approaches and challenges to legacy strategies.Professor Franco Bianchini, Director, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
Professor Jonothan Neelands, Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships, University of Warwick.
11.50–12.30Panel Discussion:

Culture-led urban strategies in past, present and future Cities of Culture.

Chair: Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive and Director, Culture Creativity Place.

Panellists including:

Bernd Fesel, Senior Advisor, European Centre for Creative Economy, Dortmund.

Fredrik Lindegren, Artistic Director and Head of Culture, Umeå City Council.

Malcolm Relph, City Economy Manager, Hull City Council.

12.30–12.50Q&A
12.50 – 14.00LUNCH
Final SessionCan Culture Bring Us Together?Chair: Professor Franco Bianchini, Director – Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
The years since the financial crash of 2007/08, and with the adoption of austerity policies by different European countries, have seen a rise in social exclusion, divisive political ideologies and a decline of trust in politicians, economists, the media and other cultural institutions. Cultural initiatives increasingly seek to explore and tackle issues such as social polarisations, divisions and injustices. UK City of Culture and European Capital of Culture projects have attempted to respond in their own ways to varying aspects of social division. In this final session, we explore the trials, limits and achievements of a culture-based approach to dialogue and encounter, asking the ultimate question – can culture bring us together?
14.00–14.05Introduction by Chair
14.05–14.30Towards a deep culture.Krzysztof Czyżewski, Co-founder and President, Borderland Foundation and Director, Centre ‘Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations’.
14.30–15.10Can culture bring us together?Krzysztof Czyżewski in conversation with :

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Dr Phillip Boland, Reader, Queens University Belfast.

Maureen Lennon, Associate Artists, Middle Child Theatre Company.

15.10–15.30Q&A
15.30–15.45Response, Summary and Close.Professor Glenn Burgess, Professor of History, University of Hull.

Photo credit: Tom Arran