An inspiring day of discussion, performance, debate and networking.

An inspiring day of discussion, performance, debate and networking showcasing examples of creative engagement in planning.

The question we were asking was:

Can artists, planners, developers and communities work together to protect what really matters and build places that feel like home?

The programme included:

• Liz Fisher, Engagement Director at Auckland Project, Introduction to The Auckland Project’s approach using arts for town revitalisation

• Dr Paul Cowie, Faculty Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University and Katy Vanden, Cap-a-Pie theatre company

• Katharine Wheeler, Visual Artist, The STOVE Network, Dumfries

• Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, Town & Country Planning Association with a performance of ‘Land of Promise’

• The opportunity to tour the Mining Art Gallery.

This was the second of THE HEART OF THE MATTER discussion and debate series

Bringing together artists, academics, local government, businesses and community representatives to explore the role of arts and heritage in landscape and placemaking, finding new ways for communities to influence decisions that affect them.

Read Emily Diamand’s blog about why this event provided an exciting opportunity to explore how to plan differently.

The Auckland Project was a partner of Planning – a Participatory Art? – thank you for your support.



Our thanks to GURU 25 Year Anniversary Fund for sponsoring this event.