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sunday programme


thank you for choosing to attend a sense of place: arts, enterprise and placemaking on sunday 5th november.

You can find the programme details for events happening on Sunday 5th 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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sunday programme

all day

installations and exhibitions


9am - 10.00am


10am - 10.30am

keynote: marie kirbyshaw, chief executive of luton culture

10.30am - 11.30am

walking event: qalam

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

placemaking through participatory practice #2

urban gentrification and arts practice

- transdisciplinary placemaking

(click on the group title for more information)

12.30pm - 2pm


2pm - 4pm choose from talks, workshops or a walk:

walking event: walking with chairs (2pm - 3pm)

group of talks: creative spaces: arts, health and wellbeing (2pm - 3.30pm)

workshop: from reading to luton (2pm - 3.30pm)

workshop: the impact matrix for public art (2pm - 4pm)

3.30pm - 4.30pm

afternoon tea and thank you: alexis weedon


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sunday 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


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sunday registration



from 9am - 10.30am conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival.

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keynote: marie kirbyshaw


keynote: marie kirbyshaw on sustainable creative placemaking

from 10am - 10.30am G101 lecture theatre, campus centre

Chief Executive of Luton Culture Marie Kirbyshaw will present on the regeneration of the cultural quarter and the organisations plans for the expansion of the Hat Buildings.

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walking event: qalam


walking event: qalam

from 10.30am starting outside the conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

Qalam Creative Writing collective will lead a mini walk of central Luton, walking and stopping at several different locations to explore the stories and psycho-geography of the area through investigation, inquiry and creative writing exercises in an ‘embodied way’.

It is recommended that you register for this session.


group of talks: placemaking through participatory practice


case study: here comes everybody

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Hackney council, where Olympic village was built has the largest number of obesity in young people in London while the artistic legacy of the borough with the highest number of artists in Europe is replaced by the hot-spot location for the bankers and other income generating jobs. Us, who moved out as the parking spot for July of the Games rocketed to £800. The community grieved the loss of their homes in a different way, mostly by trying not to be in London during the Olympics. They had nothing to celebrate.
Nela Milic found herself alongside other Hackney residents moved out to south London, as part of an artist residency. “The first day I arrived to the old Victorian row of houses, I was approached by the couple of barefoot young women in long dresses who were watering the flowers in their garden. Those ‘fairies’ that opened the gate for me recently moved here from Hackney. We, dispersed found each other. What will I be doing during the residency I ask? They say that I am to find the connection between the local architecture and the memory of this private space who used to belong to a family. They silently give me a tour of the local area – abandoned estate, bustled market, a vast park and lots of concrete. So, I am to draw the line between the past and the present in my artwork whose form I am yet to find. I look at the traces the previous artists left in the space and I decide to open the window and let the community decide what to do there.”


talk: let our feet become ears

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Ienke Kastelein introduces three ongoing projects, and presents on Saturday's performance of 'Walking with Chairs' ahead of the repeat performance in the afternoon.


talk: photography, ethics and space: an artistic approach to placemaking

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

This talk will take an artistic approach to addressing some of the complexities of place making, from the perspective of those most affected. By focusing on photography, this proposal will reflect on how some artists have used the still image as a means of communicating their lived experience of a 'sense of place' to others. Rachel Cherry focusses on how photography has enabled the subject and/or community to engage a wider network of people from their perspective.


talk: changing the picture: a photographic project working with people with experience of homelessness

frfrom 10.30am - 12.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

This presentation is an account of two successive projects (CTP1 and CTP2) undertaken in 2015-17, funded by the Arts Council and organized by the Derventio Housing Trust and QUAD Derby (facilitated by photographer Jon Legge). The purpose of the projects was twofold: 1) to work with small groups of disadvantaged and vulnerable people with recent experience of homelessness. providing new skills and a confidence boost and a chance to explore and share their personal experiences; 2) to produce a high quality touring exhibition to disseminate personal experiences of homelessness to a wider audience. This exhibition was unveiled at the Format International photography festival in spring 2017.


group of talks: urban gentrification and arts practice


talk: where there's smoke

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103 postgraduate centre

Luton-based artist Stephen Whiting leads a partially metaphorical tour of whimsy through issues of gentrification, focussing on particular aspects of Luton, both now and through history.


talk: re:connections

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103 postgraduate centre

Re:connections is a creative place-making project exploring residents emotional responses to where they live through sensory arts practice. Jenny Peevers devised and produced the project and involved the following artists who engaged residents through conversations prompted by their practice: Justin Wiggan (sound); Dan Burwood (photography); Jess May Davies (Poetry) and artist duo Claire Hickey and Emily Warner (visual arts). The arts practice is dialogical as it is a way of facilitating conversations which encourages people to articulate in a sensitive way.

case study: maginhawa

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103 postgraduate centre

Maginhawa is a Filipino adjective that translates to comfortable in a way that frees one from anything that tires, troubles or disturbs. It is also the name of a long and winding street in Quezon City in Metro Manila in the Philippines that is currently synonymous to a gastronomic hub. This makes for a useful entry point in understanding the psychogeography of Manila as a site of performance that opens a discussion on the impact of art practice, specifically UP Village, where Maginhawa Street is located. Here, the names of the streets all begin with Ma- and then a value or adjective (ie. Magiting is courageous). In this paper, Giselle Garcia argues that the regenerative role of food in urban gentrification, as in the case of Maginhawa in UP Village, is akin to theatrical regeneration.  Does theatrical nourishment then supply the energy necessary to rehabilitate an exhausted urban ecology, providing the ginhawa (noun form of maginhawa) needed to satisfy the hungry?


paper: claiming a space: uk jazz dancing in post-colonial, urban britain

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P103 postgraduate centre

Drawing onresearch into the UK (underground) jazz styles that developed in Great Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr Jane Carr will consider how a generation of British youths, many of whom were the children of immigrants, created spaces within which to forge new British identities though their dancing. By drawing upon a range of dance influences the styles of jazz dancing that emerged can be understood as embodied negotiations of the constraints and opportunities provided by the changing economic and social landscapes of urban Britain.


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group of talks: transdisciplinary placemaking


paper: placemaking and the transitional space

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107 postgraduate centre

In this presentation Beverley Bothwell and Garry Layden intend to examine whether the Transitional Place, together with discipline-less collaboration rooted in the human body, can transcend even urban design and “…respond to the vastness of globalisation and its tendency to effect a loss of proportion and proximity for human contact and encounter.” (Attiwill, 2010). The BCSCB project has been developed through collaboration with designers and non-designers (scientists, medical professionals, dancers, animators) across the UK, resulting in new theory and innovative design responses. As the Transitional Place liberates - temporarily - form from function, freeing the designers’ imagination, a number of design directions have included spatial and fashion responses, product design, jewelry, furniture, games and narrative illustrations.


talk: augmented interiors

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107 postgraduate centre

With the information age coming to an end, the augmented age is posing challenges to the future of the interior design discipline. Although the immediate concern revolves around the mass-produced design applications, 'one click interiors', and the lack of personal style as a victim of globalised trends, the realisation of Augmented Reality is challenging the core ingredient of interior design, the physical space. The perception of space is being re-invented allowing for an overhaul of 'home' as a defining feature. Inhabitation is no longer controlled by the rigidness of materiality, while the future of locality and memory is questionable. Subsided by the flexibility of a 'drop-down menu' offering limitless options that currently are considered utopian, the parameter of creativity and design are becoming variables to well-orchestrated algorithms. With both elements, 'interior' and 'design' being challenged, the philosophy of the discipline must be adapted to survive within the new computation system. Which is the skill-set required to secure interior designers against technological unemployment and how should academic curriculums be revised to prepare students for the future? Are the new augmented/digital spaces creating a new reality that is changing the way we interact challenging the boundaries between public and private spaces? Will the design of 'physical' space become the 'new' hand-made?

Presented by Korina Zaromytidou


talk: a sense of place, theatricality and archive as found footage in repented

from 10.30am - 12.30pm P107 postgraduate centre

Central to the de-colonial project is the question of finding a voice, understood as both a matter of language and identity. How to open spaces for artistic expression in a country under siege, and recovering from post-traumatic circumstances? Crucial in this respect is the role of gender, for in a post-colonial setting it is often the woman, as subject and object, that can destabilize the set oppositions: to what extent can femininity – actual, and as masquerade - subvert or break open the expected stereotype of the gender relationships in this setting, seemingly trapped and doomed?   In this paper Agnieszka Piotrowska discusses her film adaptation of a new play by the Zimbabwean playwright Stanley Makuwe, in which a sense of place is combined with a profound sense of historical legacy which impacts the most intimate sphere of life.


walking with chairs


walking event: walking with chairs

from 2pm meeting at 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.

Please note: you must register for this session.


group of talks: creative spaces: arts, health and wellbeing


case study: open arts

from 2pm - 3.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

The case study aims to present a model of good community art practise of the Open Arts High Town based art collective that is rooted deeply with the urban ecology of High Town and Luton. The collective does this by looking directly at community needs of health, poverty, ethics, locally based grass roots skills and knowledge to develop dynamic arts collective. Discussion will be encouraged around how the trained occupational therapists, teachers, community arts officer and artists use this locally based knowledge and assets to develop a wide ranging socially engaged art practise that is accessible at all skill levels. The work of the group revives ecology of community relationships, creatively proposing new possibilities for coexistence, sustainability, healing and pride within the community through the vehicle of art and craft.


paper: first, second and third: exploring soja's thirdspace theory in relation to everyday arts and culture for young people

from 2pm - 3.30pm P102 postgraduate centre

Taking its core influence from Edward Soja's (1996) research on Third Space, a space which is both real and imagined, a synthesis of the seen space and the perceived space, Steph Meskell-Brocken makes use of Soja's work to conceptualise the significance of space for young people's arts activity, particularly that which occurs outside of usual arts spaces. In this paper Meskell-Brocken argues that a conceptualisation of space is vital to understanding these activities, whether those spaces are formal or, in many cases, informal, it is the way in which First and Second space interact to create Third Space which helps to create the conditions needed for creativity to take place in everyday life.


workshop: from reading to luton


workshop: from reading to luton

from 2pm - 3.30pm the judith blake theatre, park square

Reading, like Luton, is developing arts and culture with the ambition to gain City of Culture status. In April 2017, Reading was successful in its application to the Great Place Scheme, following Reading 2016: Year of Culture, a programme by Reading UK CIC that aimed to build a strong identity for Reading through arts, culture and heritage by supporting its local arts practitioners and organisations. This workshop will ask delegates to participate in movement activities that draw upon their experiences of Luton in order to find commonality with others. Links will, then, be made to the history, architecture and habitual pathways of the workshop location in order to ground delegates in their immediate space and deepen their sense of belonging to their surroundings.

Please note that this is a physical workshop and comfortable clothing is recommended.

Presented by Jennifer Stokes


workshop: the impact matrix for public art


workshop: the impact matrix for public art

from 2pm - 4pm P107, postgraduate centre

Evaluating the impact of public art in the process of placemaking is a contested field that provokes grumbling not only from art administrators but also from artists, urban planners and local communities. Whereas public art may play a pivotal role for social cohesion, urban boosterism and city marketing, these benefits are hard to measure as public art, unlike museums or performance spaces, doesn't sell tickets or attract "audiences" who can easily be counted, surveyed or educated.
Nevertheless, some type of evaluation is key in not only making a case for support from funders, but in building a successful public art program that contributes to the making of place, the development of local identities and economic revitalization. Key questions that need to be addressed, then, is how can we facilitate a creative, innovative and yet reliable framework that can be the basis of all good public art evaluation? And what are some simple, yet effective, evaluation methods that most organizations can implement?

Presented by Cecilie Sachs Olsen and Sigrid Merx


sunday plenary


sunday plenary and afternoon tea

from 3.30pm - 4.30pm the conference hub, postgraduate centre ground floor

Lead by Head of the University of Bedfordshire's Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance Alexis Weedon. There will be coffee, cake, and discussion to wrap up the conference.

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