GLASGOW is known as as a city of creativity and culture, and was one of the first places in Britain to recognise the role of creative sectors in the development of its economy, communities and reputation. But what issues does Glasgow now face, as a creative city, and how can we develop a collective vision to ensure its future success?
This half-day summit will explore what Glasgow must do for creative production to thrive — in the economy, in the wider cultural sector, for the benefit of citizens and for visitors to the city. Through keynote presentations and an extended, chaired discussion, we will examine:
what has worked well in the city and where we might go from here, given a history of civic initiatives to support cultural development;
the current state-of-play in Glasgow's creative sectors, drawing on recent research and strategic planning;
examples of what has worked well in other cities in Britain and around the world;
what people in the sector think we should do — including analysis of the insights gleaned from the first City of Creative Production workshop, held earlier this month at the Glasgow School of Art.
We are delighted to confirm as speakers:
Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life
Brian McLaren, Managing Director of Ekos
Professor Brian Evans, Professor of Urbanism and Landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and director of the Glasgow Urban Laboratory at the Glasgow School of Art
Professor Ken Neil, Deputy Director (Academic), The Glasgow School of Art
Professor Tom Inns, Director of the Glasgow School of Art
We hope that you can join us and contribute to the discussion. The event is aimed at creative practitioners, policymakers, cultural bodies, researchers and anybody with an interest in the role of culture and creativity in the development of cities.
Professor Jon Dovey, University of the West of England
Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has taught at Plymouth University, UWE and Bristol University teaching a wide range of film, media and digital courses in both practice and theory. In 2008 he launched (UWE’s) Digital Cultures Research Centre which he Directed until 2012. In 2012 he became the Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies) one of four Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the AHRC. Led by UWE and Watershed, REACT is an Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration aiming to produce 50 innovative media prototypes in four years (www.react-hub.org.uk).
He was also Co Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project where he led a strand on the impact of informal creative economies on communities (creativecitizens.co.uk/) He is currently Co-I on ‘Bristol and Bath by Design’ evaluating the design ecology of the region. He is currently researching and writing on ‘The Practice of Cultural Ecology’.
Professor Brian Mark Evans, The Glasgow School of Art
Brian Mark Evans is Professor of Urbanism and Landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and director of the Glasgow Urban Laboratory. He was previously Artistic Professor of Urban Design & Planning at Chalmers School of Architecture in Gothenburg and, from 1990-2015, was a partner with Gillespies LLP, the international design practice where he developed the approach to landscape planning and urban design and pioneered ecological urbanism. From 2005 until 2010 he was Deputy Chair and Chair of Design Review with Architecture & Design Scotland and before that was an Enabler with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) London. He is a founding Director and Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, London. He has led projects in 20 countries on three continents, working for mayors, private clients and government agencies, leading to numerous national and international design awards. He has authored and edited over 200 articles, books and reports on urban design, landscape planning and urbanism and presented to and chaired over 100 national and international conferences in Scotland, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and China. He is a Chartered Town Planner and a Chartered Designer who practices, researches, teaches and speaks widely on urbanism, urban design and landscape planning.
Professor Tom Inns, The Glasgow School of Art
Professor Tom Inns is the Director of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), an HEI which was ranked as one of world’s top ten art schools in the 2015 QS World Rankings. With campuses in Glasgow, Forres and Singapore, GSA aims to be a global leader in studio-based education in art, design, architecture and digital visualisation.
Tom studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. His PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies. In 2000 he was appointed as Chair of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee where he became Head of Design School and then Dean before moving to GSA in September 2013.
Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. He regularly designs and facilitates knowledge sharing workshops with innovation agencies across Europe.
Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, Glasgow Life
Bridget leads a staff of 2,800, with an annual budget c. £113 million, helping to change lives through cultural, sporting and learning activity. Glasgow Life is a charity, which delivers services on behalf of Glasgow City Council.
Joining the City Council in 1998 from senior positions in culture and sport in Stirling and Fife, Glasgow career highlights have included: the £35 million refurbishment of one of Scotland’s leading attractions, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; the opening of the £74 million, Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum, which was named European Museum of the Year in 2013; and the opening of the £113 million Emirates Arena, incorporating the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Bridget is the city lead ensuring Glasgow is a vibrant city, and a world-leader in sport and culture, examples being Glasgow’s ambitious plans for a full refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection and the redevelopment of the Kelvin Hall as a major international cultural venue.
Bridget was instrumental in Glasgow bidding to host the Commonwealth Games, was a member of the Organising Committee (Glasgow 2014 Ltd), Director of Ceremonies and Culture and oversaw the delivery of much of the required sport and cultural infrastructure. She is fulfilling a similar role in the inaugural European Sports Championships, to be held in Glasgow and Berlin in 2018.
Having served on numerous national committees and boards — including the Scottish Arts Lobby (Vice Chair), Heritage Lottery Fund for Scotland and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Vice Chair) — Bridget is currently a board member of the Public Catalogue Foundation (Art UK) and Arts and Business Scotland.
A graduate of St Andrews and Stirling Universities, where she gained an MA (Hons) in Fine Arts, Diploma in Industrial Admin, M Ed and Doctor of Education, Bridget is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was recently made a CBE in 2015 New Year’s Honours list for Services to Culture.
Brian McLaren, EKOS
Brian is Managing Director of EKOS, an independent research agency specialising in issues relating to economic and social development. He began his career as an academic psychologist researching child development and learning, before leaving academia to join the Scottish Arts Council as Research Officer. Brian then moved to Scottish Enterprise where he worked on national strategy, and developed and implemented the UK’s first economic development strategy for the creative industries.
Since joining EKOS, he has built a substantial base of clients across the UK and internationally, including broadcasters, enterprise agencies, national and local government, universities and arts organisations. Much of his consultancy practice is focused on areas relating to creativity and innovation, and he has particular expertise in creative industries, higher education, arts and culture, and innovation policy and practice.
Brian has Honours and Masters’ degrees in Psychology and is the Chair of NVA Europe, a highly innovative arts organisation working internationally from a base in Scotland.
Professor Ken Neil, The Glasgow School of Art
Ken Neil is Deputy Director (Academic) at The Glasgow School of Art. Ken studied painting and the history and philosophy of art at Edinburgh University as an undergraduate, before achieving an MFA in painting from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 1995. He completed a PhD in art theory in 2003 while teaching Humanities and History of Art at ECA and the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. From 1999 he was lecturer in Contextual and Critical Studies at Gray's School of Art, taking on the Headship of Fine Art and Fine Art Critical Studies in 2002. In 2005 he led a new MFA in Critical Social Art Practice for Gray's before being appointed Head of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Since joining GSA he has been a National Sector Lead for creative and cultural practice disciplines for the Scottish Enhancement Theme 'Research-Teaching Linkages' and has served on the AHRC Fellowships Review Panel. Ken has also served on the Editorial Board of the journal 'Art & Research' and the AHRC Peer Review College. From January 2014, he was appointed a Trustee of the UK Association of Art Historians, and chaired the Association’s Further and Higher Education Special Interest Group. Ken was awarded a Personal Professorship in Art and Design in July 2014, and was formally appointed as GSA’s Head of Research in August 2014. In August 2016 he was appointed GSA’s Deputy Director (Academic). Ken is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts. Ken has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of community arts organisation, Impact Arts. His research and writing relate to three fields: contemporary art and art theory; issues for creative education; and the visual culture of the everyday.