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Manchester Urban Institute

Residential workshop on devolution and regional cultural policy-making

19 July 2017

Abigail Gilmore organised this event in Hebden Bridge on 7 and 8 June 2017 with delegates from across the UK.

On 7 and 8 June 2017, Abigail Gilmore organised a residential workshop in Hebden Bridge exploring devolution and regional cultural policy-making. Existing research on the geographies of cultural policy reflects a bias towards national policy priorities and research data, neglecting local historical, social and economic contexts for creative and cultural production and obscuring the distinctiveness, diversity and inequalities which are part of these contexts. It also highlights the potential for further engagement between HEIs and local cultural sector and policy making.

The workshop addressed the significant knowledge gap on the relationship between devolution and national policy frameworks, agencies and infrastructure (and the networks) within ‘the local’. The goal of the workshop was to unpack policy implications and research models, as well as incubate new thought. A specific focus was placed on how this agenda intersects with Arts Councils and the Local in the British Isles.

Delegates included Franco Bianchini (Director of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull), Peter Campbell (Lecturer, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool), Tamsin Cox (Honorary Research Fellow, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool), Tori Durrer (Lecturer, Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queens University Belfast), Beatriz Garcia (Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool), Leila Jancovich (Programme Leader, Culture, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, University of Leeds), David Stevenson (Head of the Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh), and Saskia Warren (Lecturer, Human Geography, University of Manchester).

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