14.05.19 | Creative hubs and urban policy: A symposium on creative work and the city

Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy presents:

Creative hubs and urban policy: A symposium on creative work and the city

Tuesday 14th May, 1pm-7pm, Free – register HERE for a ticket

Creative hubs and clusters are essential sites of cultural and creative production and consumption. These now global sites very much represent the urban regional growth promise of the creative and culture sector. In East London there are multiple manifestations of this activity – much of it under threat. This said new initiatives like the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone have the potential to ameliorate some of the pressure already inherent in the creative and cultural sector but made even more so by certain market forces. Globally many cities face similar problems – how to best support creative and cultural production as a mechanism of regional growth and renewal. This symposium will include three panels that will investigate this ongoing situation. The first will look at the Creative Enterprise Zone initiative, the second will look to international cases from South East Asia, and the third will look at planning law and its effect on creative hubs in the UK and elsewhere. This event also marks the book launch of the much anticipated edited volume entitled Creative Hubs in Question: Place, Space and Work in the Creative Economy – edited by Professor Rosalind Gill, Professor Andy Pratt and Tarek Virani. The volume is published by Palgrave Macmillan and should be widely available soon.


1pm – Registration and lunch

1:30pm – Welcome by Professor Morag Shiach (Director of Network)

1:45pm – Panel discussion on Creative Enterprise Zones and Creative Hubs. What is the significance of CEZ designation to local creative economies? How do we ameliorate differing views on what the CEZ is? How do we start to think about creating a blueprint for real local change as well as benchmarking? What are the challenges?

Panellists include: Mathieu Rogers (London Borough of Hackney), Neil McDonald (Stour Space), Aida Esposito (Tottenham Creative Enterprise Zone)

CHAIR: Tarek Virani

2:45pm – Break – coffee/teas

3pm – Panel discussion regarding creative hubs from South East Asia (British Council panel). What does running a creative hub in South East Asia entail? What are the regional challenges? What is the global learning that can be done? How important are organisations like the British Council?

Panellists: Simon Soon (Senior Lecturer Cultural Centre University of Malaya), Rosalina Ismail (Cultural Centre University of Malaya – TBC), Daniel Donnelly (British Council Singapore)

3:45pm – Break – coffee/teas

4pm – Panel discussion on planning policy in London and elsewhere. What have we learned about planning policy and its effect on areas like East London? What are the global lessons here? What are the tangible successes? What have been the most pressing challenges? How do we think through future policy and the impending changes coming around the corner?

Panellists: Cecilia Dinardi (Goldsmiths), Elyssa Livergant (Queen Mary University of London), Carolina Bandinelli (University of Lincoln), Gudrun Andrews (London Legacy Development Corporation), Blossom Young (Poplar HARCA), Charles Armstrong (The Trampery)

4:45pm – Break – coffee/teas

5pm – (Book launch) Professor Rosalind Gill on Creative Hubs in Question – published by Palgrave Macmillan

5:45pm – Drinks, nibbles and networking

7pm – close

This event is organised by Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy, Queen Mary University of London in partnership with the Stour Space.

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