This forum working group builds upon key discussions on how HE and the Cultural Sector work together to drive, enhance and deliver relevant and effective placemaking strategies.

Key questions include:

  • 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 group to discuss and define common ground in order to help partner organisations work towards future achievements and define collective working.

In 2017, the forum invited Andrew Dixon to address this question in relation to his work in arts and tourism and as bid advisor to Hull’s UK City of Culture bid. Evidencing his work helping York secure UNESCO status and as successful bid leader for UK City of Culture for Coventry, he identified the opportunity and challenges that a close collaboration between universities, local government, the cultural and third sector can pose for culture at the local and regional level. Andrew reflected upon his experience advising on Hull’s successful bid for the title of City of Culture 2017, and on Coventry’s subsequently successful bid for the next round of the title, as well as the city’s brand new cultural strategy.

What's Next
Our Placemaking working group is led by Geoff Willcocks, Coventry University; Eleonora Belfiore; University of Loughborough and Nic Millington, Chief Executive of Rural Media Charity, Hereford. Our first forum event on this topic with Barbara Matthews, Head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture) at Nottingham Trent University took place in Coventry in June. Key discussions around Cultural Place Partnerships and how universities see placemaking and planned events were informed by viewpoints from both perspectives.