Cultural Place Partnership: A placemaking event

  • Coventry
  • 07/06/2018

Free to attend. Light lunch provided

Our very first forum event builds upon key discussions from our launch event last year on how HE and the Cultural Sector work together to drive, enhance and deliver relevant and effective placemaking strategies. Taking place in one-time fish and chip shop, now lo fi cultural venue, Shop Front Theatre now houses the independent Theatre Absolute. This get together has been co-convened by Geoff Willcocks at Coventry University and Nic Millington FRSA, Chief Executive Rural Media with Ele Belifiore at the University of Loughborough. Discussion will centre around Cultural Place partnerships and how universities see placemaking. Short presentations from Barbara Matthews, Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University and Ben Kyneswood from Photo Archive Miners.

Key questions:
Why do we think Placemaking is important?
What do we want to achieve through Placemaking?
What are our priorities in respect of Placemaking?
It's important for this event to discuss and define common ground in order to help partner organisations work towards future achievements and define collective working.

Biographical Information

Nic Millington FRSA
Chief Executive Rural Media

Nic founded Rural Media in 1992. The Hereford-based film and digital arts production company and charity has a local and national reputation for telling powerful stories from unheard voices and nurturing creative talent. Rural Media Charity works with communities, schools, groups and individuals to create issue-driven films, heritage and digital arts projects that raise awareness, invest practical & social skills, inform policy & service development.Nic’s background in using media for youth and community development informs and directs Rural Media’s overall strategy, business planning and external relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, holds the British Film Institute’s Paddy Whannel Award for innovation in film education, and the Herefordshire Diamond Day Award for excellence in business.

Barbara Matthews
Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture), Nottingham Trent University.

Barbara was appointed to her current role at NTU in January 2017. Prior to this, she was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University. Barbara spent six years at Arts Council England where she was Director, Theatre with responsibility for policy and strategy development. She has a wide practical experience of the artistic and business aspects of the creative and cultural industries – particularly in the performing arts. She was Executive Director of the Royal Court Theatre and for many years produced the work of Cheek by Jowl worldwide. She also has experience of producing theatre in the West End and festival programming.

Benjamin Kyneswood
Ben is a lecturer in Sociology at the School of Humanities at Coventry University and also is co-director of Photo Archive Miners. Photo Archive Miners work with the public to tell stories with photographs. This is usually archive photography, such as that found in family albums or commercial studio archives, but can also be new commissions.

We think of people as creatives, not footfall. We work with them to curate a visual story based on their lived understanding of community life. Because of this, communities can challenge the expertise of professionals to produce something new & extraordinary, revealing that which, previously unseen, was always there.
We produce print & digital exhibitions as well as photographic books and films. Our work attracts and excites in a way that reports and documents cannot, challenging stigmatising perceptions in a very public way that can be hard to ignore. Please browse our portfolio for examples of our work.