Places Matter Conference: Investing creatively in people and places.
An Arts Council and Local Government joint conference
The Arts Council and Local
Government jointly hosted its third biennial conference, Places Matter, on 24
and 25 March 2022 in VISUAL, Carlow.
Over the past few years,
opportunities to invest in and consider the development of towns, cities,
villages and rural places in public realm place making, cultural and digital
hubs or place based arts development has increased. The conference investigated
the role of the arts sector in place based topics such as planning, spatial
justice, social cohesion and environment.
Delegates were welcomed by Maureen Kennelly (Director of the Arts
Council), Moira Murrell (CCMA) and Cllr. Fintan Phelan, Cathaoirleach, Carlow
The Arts Council Spatial Policy, Place,
Space and People was launched by Catherine Martin TD, Minister of Tourism, Culture,
Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. This new policy is an emphatic shift in Arts
Council policy to the notion of a people and place-centered approach and
towards achieving better socio spatial equity.
The keynote speakers were
Emmanuel Pratt of the Sweet
Water Foundation in Chicago and Valerie Mulvin, architect (McCullough
Mulvin Architects) and author of Approximate Formality, the Morphology
of Irish Towns.
There were discursive sessions
with panels including playwrights, planners, activists, architects, artists and
academics which explored a depth and variety of content and contributions.
The Arts Council together with our
local government partners would like to thank all the contributors and delegates
for attending in person and online and providing us with rich though provoking
content to inspire the work we do in the places that are important to us.
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For more information
please contact the Local, Place and Public Art Team email@example.com