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Worcester: the making of the modern city

Tuesday 30 March, 9.00am – 4.30pm, The Guildhall, Worcester

May we ask you to join an invited discussion workshop to help shape the future of art in the public realm in the City of Worcester, please RSVP by the 22nd March to [email protected]

The workshop will examine the value that contemporary art can bring to Worcester as a historic English city and as an inspirational, connected and contemporary European destination. The discussion will focus on how to achieve the highest quality public realm through alignment of policy and practice between city organisations involving art, urban design and architecture.

The workshop is organised by Worcester City Council, in association with MADE the regional architecture centre in the West Midlands. It will be split into 3 sections: speaker presentations, case studies, and discussion groups intended to agree and prioritise options.

The chair of the workshop will be: Judith Elkin, Deputy Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Worcester who is also Chair of Worcester Civic Society and Worcestershire Arts Partnership.

Speakers will present:

  • The emerging vision driving the Worcester City Centre Masterplan
  • Art in the public realm: comparative precedents in policy and practice from the UK and Europe.
  • Worcester University strategies for the arts
  • Current initiatives which are connecting the city through art in the public realm.

Discussion groups will address:

  •  Art in the public realm in the context of the City Centre Masterplan
  • collaborative cross-city and cross-sector working practice
  • City Council policy and procedures including the function of Worcester City Council Public Art Panel.

Speakers will include:
Paul Swales, art consultant and former public arts officer for the City of Sheffield; Caroline Corfe, Taunton Public Arts Officer; Maggie Bolt arts consultant; Joanne Cave, David Lock Associates; Professor Antonia Payne, University of Worcester; Steve Boffy arts development consultant; Mandy Fowler, Meadow Arts; Nathaniel Pitt, PITT; John de la Cour, The Elmley Foundation; John Wrightson, Worcester City Council.

Lunch will be provided