The RSA’s Public Services and Communities team, part of the Action and Research Centre, has launched a new ‘prospectus’ setting out its future programme of work.
‘People, Public Services, Power and Place’ (pdf, 11KB)’ is an ambitious plan to put reducing inequality at the heart of our work to create more inclusive economies, more innovative public services and more sustainable places. It is launched alongside fascinating new polling data showing unexpected support for higher taxation.
Since I started working at the RSA in May this year, I have made it my mission to go out and listen to the ideas and concerns of its 29,000 fellows who are distributed quite literally across the whole globe.
No other think tank has such a broad base of policy wonks. No other ‘do-tank’ has such a prolific network of innovators. And it seemed natural, for an organisation so deeply committed to democratic reform and community agency, to put our principles into practice and attempt to co-create the strategy we want to guide our work.
Over the course of hundreds of conversations and Fellowship meetings, 8 participatory workshops right across the UK, and a number of themed webinars involving fellows from overseas, it has been fascinating to crowdsource an agenda for change.
Almost ready for a revisit and renewal in 2019, in 2014 the Council published its Cultural Framework to provide the context for the development of culture in Preston, ensuring that the spirit and vibrancy of the Guild is maintained in the future.
The Framework recognises the importance that culture plays in our everyday lives and the development of Preston as a key cultural centre in Lancashire.
Vision for 2018
Preston is recognised as a major centre for culture in the North West, with a thriving creative sector, where everyone has opportunities to be inspired by and participate in arts and heritage and to have joyful experiences which reinforce the spirit of the Guild City.
The Cultural Framework can be viewed and downloaded from the Documents section on this page.
The Cultural Framework board
To oversee and support the delivery of the Cultural Framework a board has been developed bringing together strategic cultural partners from across the city. The membership of the Cultural Framework Board is made up from:
- Preston City Council (PCC)
- Lancashire County Council (LCC)
- University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
- Marketing Lancashire
- Curious Minds
- Preston Guild Hall
- Creative Lancashire
- The Harris Museum and Art Gallery
- Cultural Governors – 3 independent practicing artists – Matt Wilde, Steph Fletcher, and Phil Kaila
AluSiD (Alumino Silicate Design) was the name given to launch prototype examples of the ‘Eco-material’ David Binns and Dr Alasdair Bremner had been developing as part of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded research project called ‘The Aesthetic of Waste”. The research project examines mineral waste as a potential alternative to traditional construction materials.
The material has grown out of research undertaken within the Silicate Research Unit based within the School of Art, Design & Performance at UCLan.
The project started life as an extension of the artistic practice of David Binns, (Reader in Contemporary Ceramics at UCLan). As the project developed he began collaborating with Dr Alasdair Bremner, a PhD graduate at the University. Finding their individual research interests were both philosophically and technically compatible, they collaborated on a number of live projects before embarking on a major research project that has led to the forming of AluSiD. The project titled ‘The Aesthetic of Waste’ has been supported by a research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
The project has involved exploring how varying streams of mineral waste can be combined in the creation of a new Eco-material that has unique visual properties; is made from 100% waste and has technical attributes that allow it to be used as within a number of architectural and interior design contexts.
The material offers a genuinely sustainable alternative to non-renewable sources of virgin stone such as granite or marble. Furthermore the material can be tailor made to meet the users specific requirements of colour and texture; blending or contrasting as required with existing material qualities.
AluSiD Designers are David Binns & Dr Alasdair Bremner
For more information please visit:
David Binns – www.davidbinnsceramics.co.uk
The Creative Placemaking Challenge from Winnipeg Arts Council on Vimeo.
Urban Idea’s Creative Placemaking Challenge Documentary, a film by Mike Maryniuk
On a sunny Friday in August 2014, ten groups of creative people mounted installations in the alleys of Winnipeg’s West Exchange District as part of Urban Idea’s Creative Placemaking Challenge.
Filmmaker Mike Maryniuk followed them as they were tasked with reinventing an alley for one day. Installations provided passers-by with the opportunity to look at space differently, to engage in a wide variety of activities, and to experience first-hand how embedding creativity and the arts into our neighbourhoods can be transformational for cities.
Thousands of people interacted with the ten installations which captured the imagination and inspired thinking about the endless possibilities of Winnipeg’s underused but architecturally significant spaces.
For more information about the Creative Placemaking Challenge, and the rest of the Year of Urban Ideas, please visit http://www.urbanidea.ca
Makeover Montgomery 4. Friday, May 11, 2018.
Placemaking and Public Art
This session will focus on integrating public and commemorative art into placemaking and planning processes. Local and federal case studies will be used to explain policy regulations, zoning tools, community engagement methods and partnerships among government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector developers. A presentation about the Memorials for the Future competition to encourage more inclusive and imaginative commemoration will focus on ways of fostering powerful experiences through public spaces.