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saturday programme


thank you for choosing to attend a sense of place: arts, enterprise and placemaking on saturday 4th november.

You can find the programme details for Saturday 4th November on this page.

Talks and case studies are grouped thematically in groups of 2-4, and will be lead by a facilitator. Each talk will last approximately 20 minutes, plus time for questions. 

Please note that some of these sessions run parallel to each other, and you will only be able to attend one session. You may need to book in to some sessions; these will be clearly indicated with a 'book now' button.

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saturday programme

all day

installations and exhibitions


9am - 10am


10am - 10.30am

keynote: vice chancellor of the university of bedfordshire, bill rammell

10.30am - 12.30pm

performance: the gardens; re-rendered in the body

10.30am - 12.30pm choose from four groups of talks:

public art, placemaking and sited creative practice

the politics of place: placemaking through community engagement

regeneration or gentrification? sustainable creative placemaking 

- cultural entitlement: the role of education and placemaking followed by workshop: spaces and places between the disciplines: reflection in action

(click on the group title for more information)

12.30pm - 1pm

keynote: professor alexis weedon, head of the research institute of art, media, and performance

1pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 4.30pm choose from three groups of talks:

placemaking through participatory practice

placemaking, home and identity 

creative entrepreneurship and a sense of place

(click on the group title for more information)

3.30pm - 4.30pm

performance: solo for two

4.30pm - 5pm

afternoon tea

4.45pm - 5pm

performance: the dance we made

5pm - 6pm choose from a workshop, group of talks, performance or walk

workshop: dancing the everyday

talks: community regeneration and celebration

performance: forest bathing

walking event: walking with chairs

6pm - 6.30pm

introduction of the evening programme: michaela nutt, testbeds project manager, university of bedfordshie

6.30pm - 7.30pm

guided walk to the cultural quarter with digital public art experience 

6.30pm - 9pm

drinks reception

7.30pm - 8pm

performance: gods and mortal

8pm - 9pm

performance: human wall


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saturday installations and exhibitions


exhibition: more than 100 stories

all day campus centre gallery

More Than 100 Stories is a digital collection of texts and images responding to the stories, achievements and learning of the Creative People and Places programme 2013-2016. The collection is built around ten key themes: confidence, decision-making, failure, language, local, partnership, people, taste, time and trust, which arose out of the artists’ period of research. Created by writer Sarah Butler and artist Nicole Mollett, this work comes from conversations, observations and visits to the 21 CPP projects across England.


installation: small talk

all day, the mall, luton

Gone are the days when people just chat on the phone; over the garden fence, on the sofa or other nostalgic domestic routines we have established within our social structures.

For many people, engaging with a 'past time' of sitting in a armchair, talking to a loved one on the phone has been lost. This special time may have disappeared for some, having been invaded by our busy and time-filled days.

Has the Internet and social media got something to do with the spread of non-vocal communication? Is our imagination true to reality? This interactive installation opens this opportunity to re-engage the public through converse.

learn more about artist gayle storey

exhibition: the south bedfordshire pictorial

all day indoor market, the mall, luton

Using photographic documentation, artist and curator Stephen Whiting works closely with some of the more idiosyncratic traders of his home town, recording their methods of work, the factories and retail spaces they occupy, capturing the unique fabric of the locality. This installation shows the 'raw material' of Luton, poised as it is on the edge of gentrification and investment. The work offers a debate on the gains and losses of the gentrification process, and functions as a visual assessment of what there is here in terms of
richness of culture, and what the culture stands to lose or gain in the process of commercial improvement.

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saturday registration



from 9am - 10am conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival.

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keynote: vice chancellor bill rammell


the gardens; re-rendered in the body


keynote: vice chancellor bill rammell - the role of universities in building and sustaining world-class creative industries

from 12.30pm - 1pm G101 lecture theatre, campus centre

Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell will explore the University of Bedfordshire's contribution to building and sustaining world-class creative industries and discuss the University's creative and performing arts provision, our our research in media, arts and performance and our employability agenda.



performance: the gardens; re-rendered in the body

from 10.30am - 12.30pm conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

You are free to drop in and out of the performance over the running time.

The Gardens: Re-rendered in the Body is a site responsive improvised performance that reconstructs audience members descriptions of their gardens in the moving body. Audience members are invited to write short descriptions of their own gardens or gardens that they have experienced. These short descriptions will be written on postcards that will be placed on a wall available for all audience members and performers to see. Performers will take these descriptions as starting points for small dances that will accumulate over the duration the performance. Performers may also exchange descriptions and movements and work together to layer the narratives of the audience gardens in the performance space.

This performance is lead by Tamara Ashley.


group of talks: public art, placemaking and sited creative practice


paper: the weird and eerie woods

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102, postgraduate centre

What constitutes a 'Weird' or a 'Eerie' place, and why might those experiences be of cultural value? In this paper Philip Stanier will discuss the Woodland Spaces of Luton, how they have been critical in the creation of a new performance project 'The Designs of Trees', and the wider implications of the 'Weird' and the 'Eerie' in relation to Performance and Placemaking.


talk: tributary

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102, postgraduate centre

In the summer of 2017, Luton based visual artist Abi Spendlove staged an 8 week mixed media exhibition at the Storefront Gallery in Luton as part of the As You Change So Do I public arts programme. The exhibition, entitled 'Tributary' explored the river Lea: a river that rises in Luton and passes relatively unnoticed through the town before meandering into London to join the Thames. Tributary sought to bring the river into the consciousness' of town centre dwellers and invited them to discover or
rediscover Luton's river. Alongside images from the exhibition, Spendlove will talk about her approach as a practitioner, and provide personal reflection on the impact that site-specific work can have on individuals and communities.


case study: gonzo curating

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102, postgraduate centre

Andrew Hunt will discuss recent research into 'Gonzo Curating', a category that includes new approaches to regional programming and public art. The presentation will include subjects such as the potential of the medium of painting after the internet, Oscar Wilde’s essay ‘The Critic as Artist’ as a contemporary manifesto for art practice, slowness and radical forms of indolence, as well as 'art-as-criminality' and 'the useless' as an effective mode of resistance to cultural ‘accelerationism’. Case studies will include Hunt's various three- to six-year projects for UK towns equidistant to London in a thirty-mile radius – such as Southend-on-Sea, Reading and Luton – and the impact that they have had on an international level.

case study: raising the barr

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102, postgraduate centre

In 2012 Walsall Council, in partnership with the owners of Barr Beacon, the Barr Beacon Trust, was awarded £440,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project called 'Raising The Barr' – the restoration of Barr Beacon's historic features and community pride. The project saw the restoration of the site's heritage features – its landmark war memorial, rare design of flagpole and work on the Joseph Scott tree plantation. The grant was also used to increase the number of activities - to help visitors, schools and colleges make the most of Barr Beacon. Events have included wildlife walks, fun days, a Time Team-style archaeological dig, astronomy events, and the return of services of remembrance. Sanna Wicks presents on the meeting of technology and heritage in this innovative case study.


group of talks: the politics of place: placemaking through community engagement


case study: luton irish forum

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

Often unappreciated, but possibly one of the best working models in the UK, Luton's use of the arts in celebration of and preservation of culture for the benefit of community cohesion and the forming of a positive Luton has been instrumental in the cultural identity of the town. From the perspective of one of the oldest and most integrated immigrant populations in the town. Fiona Martin of Luton Irish Forum will present a case study and findings to support ideas of a new approach to the exploration of Irish culture through arts, for second and third generations. How this is vital for the future of the Luton Irish identity, us as Global Citizens and what foundations we are building for fourth and fifth generations.

case study: take a part

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

Take A Part CIC is a socially engaged arts organisation based in Plymouth, UK. Developed from a grass-roots foundation, it focusses on collaborative approaches to place making with the communities that it serves, which are in areas of socioeconomic deprivation. Through co-commissioning and co-creating with communities, TAP develop skills, opportunities for young people, changes to physical spaces and cohesion. The community set the agenda, select the artists and produce the work, which creates deep ownership. Using the case study by Dr Rory Shand (Manchester Metropolitan University) TAP will present its methodologies, developed in response to Arnstein's Ladder of Community Empowerment (1969). Are we placemaking the right way?

Presented by Kim Wide.

talk: what kind of england? The cultural battle over brexit in the press.

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

Our Sense of Place has been challenged in complex and contradictory ways. Immigration has been identified as the key driver of Euroscepticism across this continent. And so it came to pass, as national newspaper coverage in the weeks ahead of vote for Brexit was dominated by the threat posed to our way of life and the pejorative term EU migrant was embedded further into our collective psyche. But did those national titles challenge pre-conceptions towards the EU or re-enforce them further? Did they question when some of the public mood darkened, with anger and fear expressed through the language of prejudice, xenophobia and even hate – or was it a case of feeding those emotions further? The facts became tenuous or actually non-existent.

This paper offers a critical discourse analysis of key UK mainstream newspaper coverage ahead of the June 2016 EU referendum, when immigration became the core issue and the clarion call went up, not only by some politicians but also supporters in the press: We want our country back.

The impact of the practice of journalism, regarded by many, if not as an art, but a craft, has left its legacy. Some say we journalists have damaged British civil society. And as the date of the conference nears, the temperature of the nation will be taken again, as the cultural battle rages, as in the polarized press, between those keen to re-assert an Englishness apart – and those still hoping we take our place and break bread with the others, at Europe’s top table.

The outcome is far from clear.

Beyond backing Brexit, levels of hate crime after the referendum reached notable levels, not accounted for by a mere increase in complaints. How responsible were many mainstream newspapers, on the eve of the referendum? Have they damaged Britain’s civil society as a consequence?

Presented by Paul Rowinski


paper: 'performing places:' carnival, culture and the performance of contested national identities during the 2012 and 2016 olympics

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

This paper outlines Dr Jon Croose's ethnographic research within town carnivals and the professional 'Battle for the Winds' performances that launched the 2012 Olympic sailing, alongside a recent research project that explored the role of art and performance in processes of economic place-branding in Rio, and attitudes within marginalised arts communities towards representations of Brazilian identity and place in the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The paper draws on Jackson's suggestion that cultural performances offer 'a test case for exploring the intersection of culture and politics in the creation of a specific geography', and on Harvey's assertion that cultural performance is part of a 'social process of place construction' within 'cartographies of struggle, power and discourse'. The understanding that arises from this research about how people frame 'place' through performance builds on Massey's theorisation of place as a progressive locus of meanings. Place, by this critique, is a carnivalesque concept, and cultural performances of place are often 'contested social event[s] whose political significance is inscribed in the landscape' (Jackson, 1988).


group of talks: regeneration or gentrification? sustainable creative placemaking


talk: you're what happens here

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

You're What Happens Here, is a provocative, poetic paper exploring the impact of Tracing the Pathway's project Groundwork in championing the restoration of artists as key community figures in the town of Milton Keynes. Groundwork is a long-term performance and research project for and about Milton Keynes; it is multifaceted: an umbrella term for five years of residencies, talks, workshops and artworks responding to research by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, which cited that although the cultural provision for Milton Keynes is high, the educational and employment opportunities for artists is incredibly poor. The result is that many MK born artists move away or do not return following higher education.

Groundwork seeks to creative cohesive artistic communities that coalesce around participatory performative actions. In order to do this, Groundwork returns to the original plans for Milton Keynes written by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1960s, that's celebrates artists as being a vital part of a functioning community. You're What Happens Here will be delivered as excerpt of an imaginary extension of The Plan for Milton Keynes, 50 years on: one that focuses on the value of art and heritage in urban development. In particular the paper will generate a manifesto from debates that took place during Groundwork 2017 and have subsequently formed part of the steering group discussions for Milton Keynes' 2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

Presented by Ashleigh Griffiths and Cara Davies of Tracing the Pathway.


talk: luton as a playable town

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

In this talk Luton artist Sophie Gresswell looks into the current position and future business plan of her visual arts program for Luton and the benefits of using development sites and urban spaces to increase interaction and aspiration in the visual arts for local communities. Gresswell will reflect on her current project to create a range of engaging artworks along hoardings at the University of Bedfordshire STEM building hoarding site, culminating in an overview of the playable city conference and a discussion about the potential of interactive public arts and possibilities for Luton to become a playable city in the future.


talk: a field guide to working with artists on regeneration projects

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

This is a talk about empty shops and artists.
It's about regeneration projects and expectations.
It's about what happens when you bring primary school children and an elder's group together and ask them to tell each other what they like best (and least) about their community. It's about getting a tag on an installation which reads: 'I wish the area would change back, so that it is black again and not white'.
It's about having tea with anyone who turns up.
It's about what happens when the funding finishes and the artists leave. It's about what it's like being an artist working for businesses, community groups, public funders, and Government pilot schemes.
It's about why good intentions are not enough.

Part how-to guide, part interrogation of the role of artists in regeneration projects, this performative paper sets out to not only reflect on practice as is but to imagine how it might be different in the future.

Presented by Corinne Furness.


group of talks: cultural entitlement: the role of education in placemaking


talk: placemaking and the smsc agenda

from 10.30am - 11.30am P107, postgraduate centre

Emma-Rose Payne examines the role of cultural place-making as a priority for university outreach departments, working with secondary school-age students for the purpose of Widening Participation in education. In particular the discussion reflects on the benefits of Applied Participatory Arts programmes, developed by university outreach programmes, and examines the role of participatory arts in overcoming issues of cultural capital and educational exclusion with secondary school age students.

The talk will make links to the ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural’ agenda in schools, and considers how such an agenda is one way of connecting university outreach programmes to cultural place-making opportunities for school students.


talk: luton learning cultural education partnership

ffrom 10.30am - 11.30am P107, postgraduate centre

Emma Van Niewenburgh will introduce the Luton Learning Cultural Education Partnership strategy and talk about the role of education and cultural entitlement in placemaking.


workshop: spaces and places between the disciplines: reflection in action


workshop: spaces and places between the disciplines: reflection in action

from 11.30am - 12.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

We often associate 'placemaking' with a physical sense of 'place'. With any travel or movement, we have to negotiate our sense of place - both with ourselves, and with others. There are boundaries and rules to explore, to challenge, and to follow; there are identities and belongings to acknowledge, and to redefine. In order to make sense of these processes and changes, we turn to theories around placemaking, migration and sense of identity and belonging. Maria Kukhareva invites practitioners and academics to take an introspective, reflective look at how these negotiations affect their own sense of place and identity; the challenges, the impact and the creative power of the discomfort, which can leader to greater outputs.


keynote: professor alexis weedon


Keynote: Professor Alexis Weedon, head of the Research Institute for Media, Art and Rerformance, University of Bedfordshire

from 12.30pm - 1pm G101 lecture theatre, campus centre


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solo for two


performance: solo for two

from 3.30pm - 4.30pm the hat gallery, the hat factory

Contemporary spaces fuse digitial and physical presence, hybridising social and technical markers of place. Social robots will add a new dimension to placeness, raising questions about culture, personal identity, and the meaning of being human. Technologies can be ephemeral, monolithic and impersonal. But they can become deeply personal. As physical interactive agents, social robots could maintain the thoughts, ideas and memories of individuals as they move from place to place. They could be embodied expressions and extensions of self, amplifying individual humanity and our capacity for mutual recognition across cultural boundaries. Jean Abreu (choreographer), Michele Panegrossi (creative technologist) and Leon Watts (humanrobot interaction scientist) are collaborating on an interdisciplinary project, developing the functions and role of a prototype performance robot to explore issues such as these.


group of talks: placemaking through participatory practice


talk: as you change so do i

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Mark Titchner will present a number of recent public projects including “As you change so do I” and discuss the implications of working in the public realm as contemporary artistic practice.


case study: eastern angles

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Eastern Angles has been producing theatre with a sense of place for over 35 years. Just like the National companies of Wales and Scotland, they have focused on producing theatre with a flavour of the area they serve: East Anglia.


case study: departure lounge

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Matthew Shaul, Founding Director of Departure Lounge will discuss the some of the often faltering steps that were taken in the process of setting up Departure Lounge in Luton in 2010, and how to go about setting up a new cultural business where (as was the case in 2010) there was little or no visual art provision or expectation of any.  With boundless enthusiasm but no start up capital, Departure Lounge has had a peripatetic existence in Luton. The Storefront opposite the Hat Factory where it is currently located is its fourth incarnation.


paper: a sense of play: creating social and communal movement in artistic running explorations

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Recreational Running, a mass participatory, mobile and rewarding exercise has become an increasingly popular, cultural and international phenomenon since the late 1980s (Burfoot 2007; Cidell 2016; Koski 2015 Samson et al 2015). Its rise in popularity has provided artists and organisations with an opportunity to celebrate community and re-animate place through explorations of the aesthetic and communal values of running as a social activity. With charities, such as Parkrun, offering a high profile example of a ‘community-led social event that use running as hook to bring people together and positively impact their lives’ (Parkrun 2016), creating events and explorations around running seems to offer a way of enhancing the communal, relational and social aspects already embedded in the activity to a wider public (Whelan 2012; Herrick 2015; Tainio 2015).
This paper investigates how artistic explorations of running can help to develop social and cultural cohesion within place through a sense of play.

Presented by Kieran Holland.


group of talks: placemaking, home and identity


paper: home

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

Home, house, migration and belonging can be seen as interconnected. In a complex world where boundaries of homeland and belonging are increasingly blurred, it cannot be assumed that practices of home/home making, coincide with the country of birth. 'Home' as a construction of domestic space where meaning is made, can be expressed through a variety of social customs. It is not usual within migrant communities, to see the construction of home straddling two countries. The discussed photograph demonstrates a break from traditional Turkish memorial practices. Instead the photograph invokes a European tradition of Momento-Mori, post-mortem photography, a way of remembering loved ones in death. According to Aytemiz (2013), there is not a history of post-mortem photography in Turkey. Through this photograph, an individual narrative is shared. The personal narrative can be understood within the context of cultural memory and what Hirsch (1997) calls 'postmemory'.

Presented by Caroline Molloy.


talk: around here: photographing the local

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

The Local. A concept which is often seen as a geographical construct i.e.: 'where you are from', but is also where the nuances and complexity of daily life are found and replayed and where the rituals and relationships are formed.

Through practice-based photographic research, these concepts are explored from the perspective of village in the southwest of England. A place where the family home holds the physical remnants of childhood and the intimacy and comfort of interior domestic space belies the exterior landscape it is situated within in. Here, the woodlands are uncultivated spaces that, while temporal, remain timeless reference points, and contrast with the highly cultivated culture of village life. As the woods delineate the village borders, community groups and associations form the threads and networks that provide psychological framework of the village. By exploring a sense of place through the physical curation and cultivation of site, the work examines the enduring correlation between where we are a ‘local’ and what we call ‘home’.

Presented by Emma Lambert.


paper: haiti

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

For a short period Haiti's revolutionary history and enduring African culture made it a symbol of resistance, renewal and independence in the Americas, playing a vital role in the claim of equal citizenship by politically conscious African-Americans. Through this process Haiti became the centre of attention through myriad artistic expressions. Haiti as a theme was explored in the art of Jacob Lawrence and was a major preoccupation of the poet and activist Langston Hughes. The religious and cultural practices of Haitians became an important anthropological focus for the folklorist Zora Neale Hurston and it was during her 1936 visit to Haiti that she wrote her signature novel 'Their Eyes were Watching God'. In his 1936 production of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', Orson Welles transposed the action from Scotland to Haiti and the cast of over 100 players was drawn from the Negro Theatre Unit. 1936 was also the year that William Grant-Still began work on his opera 'Troubled Island', itself inspired by Haitian history. The reason for all of this focus is partly explained by the nineteen year military occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) by the United States, which threw a spotlight on its Caribbean near neighbour.

Presented by Adrian Leibowitz.


presentation: quiet life

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P103, postgraduate centre

Quiet Life is a documentary giving a glimpse of life in Kavala, which, as numerous other towns in Greece and across Europe, has severely been affected by multiple changes over the last decade; mass movements of populations, migration, economic crisis. To some of them Kavala feels like prison - a home in decline - while to others it is their escape route. In the end the film becomes about the impact of human mobility on small communities, the importance of togetherness and symbiosis but also the inevitable loneliness we experience in our lives. This presentation aims to examine the ways in which Quiet Life, as cinematic piece, explores the aforementioned themes in relation to the issues of home and identity, investigating simultaneously the impact of its creative process on the local community as well as on its author.

Presented by Tasos Giapoutzis.


group of talks: creative entrepreneurship and a sense of place


talk: clearhead media

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

Clearhead founding partners Gavin O'Brien and Alex Lawerence will celebrate Clearhead's 10-year anniversary and explore how being born and based in Luton has made an impact on the company. 

case study: beam

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

Beam is a creative organization based in Wakefield (founded in 1986 as Public Arts), which works across the Yorkshire region and beyond to enhance places through the development of bespoke arts projects. The organization now has a 30-year legacy of supporting a cross-disciplinary approach to working collaboratively with Artists, communities, and the built environment and cultural sectors, particularly within regeneration contexts. Over the years, key funders including Arts Council England, CABE, and Yorkshire Forward have recognized its pioneering commitment to place making.
Since earlier this year, Beam has been working with independent curator Kerry Harker to revisit the organisation's substantial archive, which illuminates wider histories of art in the public realm, the changing discourses surrounding it, and the evolving roles of major stakeholders. Beam will be opening up their archive in this talk with an aim to enable a rethinking of the histories and current positioning of this area of practice, in order to contribute to a collective debate on future possibilities.


talk: doing things differently: a mythology of manchester otherness supporting creative enterprise, but also capital investment

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

Manchester mythology has been brought into focus during Spring and Summer 2017. This is because of the Manchester Arena atrocity, and the staging of the biannual Manchester International Festival. The latter highlighted both the city’s social and cultural heritage with works staged by New Order, an exhibition of artworks for that band and Joy Division, a play about the city’s cotton trade, an exhibition by Shirley Baker and the re-siting of a statue of Engels, amongst other things. Dr Pete Atkinson highlights the aspects of a cumulative mythology of Manchester difference, developed over a long period and how this provides a ‘place story’, the characteristics of which inform perceptions of the city. Using theories of urban culturehe explores how creative communities have formed in Manchester / Salford and how the cultural economy of the cities have changed in the last twenty years. Change has partly been driven by investment in creative industries and facilities (such as MediaCity, Manchester International Festival), but has also fostered a vibrant grass roots arts scene. Manchester is still doing things differently, but its otherness is being commodified and, as Atkinson argues, threatened.

paper: The impact of location for freelance dancers

from 2.30pm - 4.30pm P107, postgraduate centre

This paper draws together the findings of a research project examining the work of freelance dancers, with the experience of one case study community dance practitioner. Freelance dancers make up a large part of the UK dance workforce (Burns, Harrison, 2009). Many of these artists work in different contexts and locations throughout their careers, continuously having to adapt their sense of belonging and place, re-establish their artistic identities, and reassert their knowledge and experience. The aim of this research project was to gather the narrative accounts of dance artists working in the freelance sector, and this paper focuses specifically on their experiences of place, networks, community and belonging.

Presented by Rachel Farrer, Dr Imogen Aujla and Tori Drew


performance: the dance we made and workshop: dancing the everyday


performance: the dance we made

from 4.45pm - 5pm conference hub, postgraduate centre

The Dance WE Made invites members of the public to be choreographers: with no experience required! Over lunchtimes and tea breaks, Tim Casson invites conference participants to share their experience of A Sense of Place to create a unique dance performance. The performance roams public spaces, inviting members of the public to devise original choreography in collaboration with the performers. These newly created dances are then performed by The Dance WE Made Team in each location. Working with dance students from University of Bedfordshire, Tim will present a special version of The Dance WE Made at A Sense of Place.

workshop: dancing the everyday

from 5pm - 6pm P106, postgraduate centre

Through a series of experimental projects such as 'The Dance WE Made', 'Choreospondance', 'Selling Secrets' and 'Choreocracy', Dance Artist, Tim Casson has explored dance making through collaboration with the public, and found himself placemaking in the process.

In the session Tim will explore his unique form of public engagement, giving insights into the process, perfomances and findings in relation to his body of work to date, and considering how we can bring dance into the heart of a community in joyful and unintimidating ways.

The session will contain a mixture of presentation and gentle interactive elements.


group of talks: community regeneration and celebration


talk: revoluton arts

from 5pm - 6pm P107, postgraduate centre

Coming at a point where the programme has been running through its first phase, Revoluton Arts will reflect on their learning to date, explore their methodology and share the narrative of Luton’s CPP. The presentation will open up thinking around some of the thinking around their work to date, including redefining the notion of ‘artist’ in Luton, specificity and Universality, and the introduction of their local CPP interpretation of Luton’s diversity as grounded in the diversity of story and authentic voice. 


case study: e17 art trail

from 5pm - 6pm P107, postgraduate centre

This year 7000 people (1 in 15 residents) created artwork for the E17 Art Trail, an 18 day biennial festival celebrating talent in Walthamstow. The E17 Art Trail inspires collaborations among neighbours to create art for the places where we live, play and work. Artists enjoy the freedom to make work beyond the client’s brief. Residents become creative activists. Artillery will share their approaches inviting people to participate and evidence the ownership expressed locally for this non-selective grassroots arts festival.


performance: forest bathing


performance: forest bathing

from 5pm - 6pm the hat gallery, the hat factory

Performance from 'The Designs of Trees' project, which explores our relation to trees and wooded landscapes, and their relation to us - covering themes of memory, ecology, nature andcivilisation. 'Forest Bathing' is an uncertain journey that takes you into the Forests of your memory and then leaves you there to fend for yourself.

Presented by The Strange Names Collective.


walking with chairs


walking event: walking with chairs

from 5pm - 6pm meeting in the conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

A group of people (5-8) go for a walk in silence, carrying one white plastic patio chair. Before leaving they briefly introduce themselves by shaking hands and telling their names.
The group takes one camera and each participant takes a few pictures, taking turns, after sitting on the chair. Make sure to photograph the place, the sitter and the others in the group as well as details that catch your eye. All participants take turns in carrying the chair. The person who is carrying the chair searches for a place where he/she would like to sit down. Once found he/she puts the chair down and sits for a while, at least for a few minutes. Everyone will observe the place, space, view, each other, passers-by and him/herself. After that they continue the walk while someone else is carrying the chair. They walk for about 1 hour. They have to set an alarm to know when the walk ends (and forget about clock time). Then they can start talking again and walk back to the place of departure.

A performance event from Ienke Kastelein.

It is recommended that you register for this session.



introduction to the evening programme


introduction to the evening programme

from 6pm - 6.20pm conference hub, postgraduate centre

Arts and Culture and TestBeds Project Manager Michaela Nutt will introduce the evening programme and reflect on the conference so far

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evening programme: the cultural quarter and as you change so do I


guided walk to the cultural quarter with a digital public art expereince

from 6.20pm - 7.30pm meeting at the conference hub, postgraduate centre

Twenty participants meet and discuss public realm artwork, actively engaging in developing artwork and considering placemaking and what local spaces mean to them. This is a walking event which will involve participants seeing developing public artwork that Luton Artist Sophie Gresswell is creating as part of her visual arts program for Luton as part of Testbeds, along hoardings at The University of Bedfordshire's STEM building whilst the building is under construction, including augmented paintings and a look at the development of peep holes within artwork, which force the participant to have a different experience of an urban hoarding space. Participants will continue on route, and be encouraged to stop and discuss areas of the walk that they feel would benefit from a visual artwork.  They will continue to an empty wall space where participants will witness the transforming potential of visuals along blank wall space via a projected collage of images (which participants will be asked to contribute to) forming a visual patchwork of perceptions of the town. 

It is recommended that you register for this session.

event: drinks reception

from 6.30pm - 9.30pm the hat factory

You are invited by Luton Culture and As You Change So Do I to share some food and drinks in the Cultural Quarter, exploring the Storefront and the Culture Wall. 

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gods and mortal


performance: gods and mortal

from 7.30pm - 8pm the hat gallery, the hat factory

Kadam presents Katie Ryan of The Odissi Ensemble in two solo pieces that showcase the grace and the power of this classical South Asian dance style. An artist born and raised in Bedfordshire, where she also trained in odissi, Katie is living proof of the positive features of today’s multicultural Britain. Combining the classical tradition with a modern outlook, Katie will speak about and demonstrate the relevance of the dance form and its myths and stories in the solos Katie will perform.


human wall


performance: human wall

from 8pm - 9pm the hat gallery, the hat factory

"How can we create welcoming feeling for the people and be a supportive than to be a wall to each other in society". By realizing the sensitivity of borders between people, dancer Sung-Im Her looks to share an exploration of our vision of global citizenship. There is a desire for this research to contribute a healthy, constructive, and progressive vision on the subject of global citizenship, A sense of place where we are living now.

Please note that Sung-Im will lead the audience on a short walk through Luton as part of this performance.