SIAH webinar: Lessons for coastal communities

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Lessons for coastal communities, the second webinar in the series Reset 2021: Policy, Practice and the Arts (Thursday 13 May, 2:00 PM)

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Reset 2021: Policy, Practice and the Arts and Humanities.

Hosted by SIAH (Southampton Institute of Arts and Humanities), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, in collaboration with partner universities from the Coastal Creative Network.

This programme of webinars examines key policy challenges of the post-2020 world. It explores the role of arts and humanities in contributing evidence to assist in making complex policy decisions.

Our second webinar, Lessons for Coastal Communities, brings politicians, policymakers and academics together to ask:

• What lessons can our region learn from culture-led solutions to regional challenges from the experiences of other coastal communities?

• What national lessons can be learnt from our region?

The ‘levelling up’ agenda is often framed in terms of North vs South but in recent years many coastal and river-bank communities in the UK have undergone culture-led regeneration. Those projects often introduced internationally recognised art and architecture to attract new consumers and investors, hoping for a trickle-down effect to benefit local communities. In the context of the South Coast, this webinar asks how regeneration can be done differently, positioning a range of heritage and cultural activities as elements of social infrastructure crucial for sustainable growth.

Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight, will be chairing the panel with Ian Leete from Local Government Association, Alison Smith , a culture and heritage sector professional, and Matthew Mckeague, the CEO of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF). Academic panellists include Dr Suzanne Joinson (University of Chichester) and Dr Seth Giddings (Winchester School of Art, the University of Southampton).

The webinar will be held on zoom and you will get the link two days before the event.

Speakers’ biographies

Robert Seely (chair) is the Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight. He sits on the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Mr Seely has written academically and journalistically on strategic doctrine and foreign affairs as well as more generally on non-conventional and new forms of conflict. He wrote one of the few peer-reviewed definitions of Contemporary Russian Conflict strategy available in the West. Prior to his election in June 2017, Mr Seely served on the Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and ISIS campaigns as a member of the armed Forces. He was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation in 2009 and a Military MBE in the 2016 Operational Awards and Honours list. From 1990 to 1994, Mr Seely lived in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet states, working as a foreign correspondent for The Times and as a special correspondent for The Washington Post. He tweets at @iowbobseely. His web address is:

Dr Seth Giddings is Associate Professor of Digital Culture and Design at Winchester School of Art, the University of Southampton. His research explores the digital creative industries, particularly the games industry; the design and testing of experimental games and playful technology; everyday postdigital play; and the creative potential of AI. He is the author of Toy Theory (forthcoming, MIT Press), Gameworlds: virtual media and children’s everyday play (Bloomsbury 2014), editor of The New Media and Technocultures Reader (Routledge 2011), and co-author of New Media: a critical introduction (2nd ed. Routledge 2009).

Suzanne Joinson is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. She has two novels published by Bloomsbury and writes regularly for the New York Times and many other places. She was recently funded by the South Downs National Park Authority to deliver My Downs My Home, a creative writing project that works with communities from locations in and around Worthing that rate highly on the deprivation indices of the UK. My Downs My Home explores the connections between creative writing, wellbeing, mental health, and green spaces and the wider impact on coastal communities. She is also developing a South Downs Arts and Culture research hub.

Ian Leete is Senior Adviser for Culture, Tourism and Sport at the Local and Government Association. He is responsible for supporting and briefing the Culture, Tourism and Sport Board on issues affecting local government and communities; coordinating political engagement and responding to Government policy announcements and consultations; and developing best practice, support programmes, media plans, and advice for councils. His previous roles include a stint on licensing and regulation, and four years at Cabinet Office working on third sector and civil society policy.

Matthew Mckeague is the CEO of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF). The AHF is a social investor in historic building regeneration projects led by charities and social enterprise. Matthew has led the organisation as it has expanded its funds over the past few years, including the launch of the Heritage Impact Fund and Transforming Places through Heritage programme. He was previously Director of Regeneration for the Churches Conservation Trust and prior to that he worked in various regeneration roles in the public and private sectors.

Alison Smith is a culture and heritage sector professional and post graduate researcher in public engagement at Bournemouth University. Since 2014 Alison has worked on cultural regeneration projects in coastal communities in Dorset. She is currently project manager for Poole Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Funded redevelopment project.

Coastal Creative Network includes:

University of Southampton (including Winchester School of Art)

Solent University

Bournemouth University

Arts University Bournemouth

Portsmouth University

Chichester University

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