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NU-KESS Planning Seminar Part 2

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Join us for our NU-KESS Planning Seminar Part Two presented by Professor Alison Stenning and Dr Emma Coffield.

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Professor Alison Stenning: Playing Out: Promoting Community and Belonging through Play

Reporting an ongoing research from local authorities across the country, and a focused case study in North Tyneside, this presentation will explore the potential for the "playing out" model, which facilitates temporary residential road closures for play, to support the development of community, a stronger sense of place, and associated health and well-being benefits, for both children and adults, in the context of cuts to other community spaces. More than 80 UK local authorities (including Newcastle and North Tyneside) support playing out and more than 1000 streets have participated since 2009. In July 2019, the Department for Transport wrote to all local authorities and MPs to encourage them to support the practice, recognising the many benefits for children, families and wider communities. While the presentation will focus on themes of community, belonging and place attachment, there will be links to ideas around active travel, air quality, wellbeing and green space.

Dr Emma Coffield : More Than Meanwhile Spaces - Long-Term Futures for Artist-Led Spaces

More Than Meanwhile Spaces (2018 - ongoing) is a collaborative project led by an interdisciplinary group of academics at Newcastle University. It brings together a variety of stakeholders (local council, artists, developers and academics) to address the now urgent lack of long-term planning for grassroots and artist-led spaces in the North East. These spaces are vital to the wider cultural ecology, the creative economy, and the cultural and civic life of the region. Yet they are also increasingly vulnerable spaces, hosted in short-term or 'meanwhile' buildings - a factor that directly prevents artists from investing in local communities. The exhaustive efforts involved in relocation (as artists move from one building to another) also discourages artists from staying in the region, and prevents the growth of artistic programmes. The project therefore explores possible models of long-term support (e.g. London's Creative Enterprise Zones), with the aim of changing cultural policy to better protect, support and champion grassroots and artist-led spaces in the long-term.

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