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My essential reads: cultural value and place

Are you thinking about the role of culture and place? Are you interested in evaluation practices and definitions of ‘success’ for culture-based place development? Franco Bianchini shares six recommended reads to help you explore the complexities of this area of research and practice.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

Regeneration through cultural investment

Twenty years ago Salford City Council had the ambitious plan to regenerate a working dock and The Lowry project was born. This area is now one of the most significant cultural and media destinations in the world and the fastest growing visitor destination in the UK. In this article, Julia Fawcett discusses The Lowry’s impact ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: article

Rural regeneration through the visual arts

The Lancashire Witches 400 project explored the heritage of the Lancashire Witches and the 400th anniversary of their trial and execution, alongside the enduring theme of persecution today. A diverse, creative programme initiated by Green Close Studios, involved hundreds of people participating in free workshops, talks and exhibitions featuring work from schools and the local community. There have ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Case studies

The impact of culture on the northwest economy

Demonstrating the economic impact of culture has become increasingly more important. This study examines how culture is an integral part of the whole economic renaissance strategy to enhance growth and wealth across the northwest. You’ll find facts and figures along with supporting case studies to demonstrate the impact of the creative industries, regeneration, arts, museums, ... Read more


Published: 2005 | Resource type: Research

Explore case studies of how the arts and artists have contributed to regeneration and vibrant communities

In these case studies ACE identifies a range of artistic practice from across the country and looks at the role and impact of creativity within regeneration. The projects vary in scale and endeavour, but each identifies the very particular way that artists can influence and respond to regeneration. Each illustrates some of the ways art ... Read more


Published: 2007 | Resource type: Case studies

Culture, creativity and quality of place in Newcastle and Gateshead

This case study of Newcastle and Gateshead offers a clear example of successful transformation from coal city to culture city, underpinned by a dynamic form of urban entrepreneurship. Their experience is discussed in terms of mapping the contours of the next stage of the urban renewal agenda. Three issues stand out: The need to invest in diversity as a ... Read more


Published: 2003 | Resource type: Case studies

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King’s Cross: how cultural festivals can contribute to regeneration

How Create King’s Cross, London led a cultural programme of commissions, fringe activities, partner projects, community programme, training, and networking, supported by coordinated and research-led destination marketing to raise the profile of the area over time (milestone events rather than a one-off festival). Targeting local and inbound visitors, and especially early adopters, evaluation reveals the ... Read more


Published: 2010 | Resource type: Case studies

New Face in Town

How cultural regeneration is vital for placemaking

Explore how cultural regeneration can transform small centres in this article by Suzanne Dimmock.


Published: 2007 | Resource type: Case studies

Being here: the impact of culture on regeneration and social inclusion

This case study – held up as an example of good practice by the DCMS – shows how cultural activity can be used for regeneration and social inclusion. The ‘being here’ project was a four year programme of arts and cultural activities in Southend on Sea and was managed by Momentum Arts on behalf of ... Read more


Published: 2007 | Resource type: Case studies

Museums as a catalyst for regeneration

Museums are now playing a role in community development and are increasingly becoming a catalyst for regeneration. They have become places that bring together different community groups, develop skills and address social issues. Somewhere the community can have a voice through collections relevant to them. This document brings together research from the likes of Morris ... Read more


Published: 2010 | Resource type: Research