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Artists and regeneration - why do it? Architecture Centre Network and the Building Exploratory

7 - 9pm, 10 February 2010 at the Building Exploratory, N1 5QJ

Commissioning artwork for buildings and public spaces has become standard for many projects. But what is the process when you bring the artist in as a participant in the design and development team?

Architecture Centre Network has brought together three speakers to find out what happens when artists and regeneration come together. Who benefits? What difference does it make and why do it?

Our speakers have all worked on major regeneration projects that have involved artists in community engagement; design development; in exploring the use of the site and much more. 

The artist - Sarah Butler

Sarah writes novels and short fiction, and has a particular interest in how creative writing can explore, question and strengthen our relationship with place. She is director of UrbanWords, a consultancy which actively explores and develops literature projects that engage with regeneration and urban renewal. http://www.urbanwords.org.uk/

The curator and enabler - Sam Wilkinson, Co-Director of Insite Arts

Sam works as an art consultant specialising in commissioning for non gallery based venues with a range of organisations and a diversity of artists. Sam has worked as art consultant for many retail and commercial developers in Canterbury, Exeter, Cambridge, Bristol, Corby, Leicester and Portsmouth.  She was recently a board director of ixia, the national organisation for public art, having also been its chair for 4 years. http://www.insitearts.com

The development manager - Anna Strongman, King's Cross Central

Anna works for Argent on behalf of King's Cross Central, the partnership behind the massive regeneration scheme at King's Cross. As part of her regeneration and placemaking remit, she has been involved in the commissioning of artists in residence for the development and in choosing designers for the public realm within the gasholders, and other areas, at King's Cross. http://www.kingscrosscentral.com/

Booking tickets and getting there:

Pay on the door: £3 (incl. complimentary drink)

Places are limited so please book in advance with the Building Exploratory

The Building Exploratory                        
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London N1 5QJ                                         

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