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29th June, 2012

Unlocking the public realm: how arts and design transform urban space

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29th June, 2012
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
£50 General Admission; £20 Concessions (Valid ID Required); FREE To UAL Staff and Students

This one-day conference will discuss the role of arts and design in city regeneration. The conference is part of the EU-PA project and the London Festival of Architecture 2012.

The EU-PA project is a two-year, EU funded research project, looking into culture-led city regeneration. EU-PA comprises four partners: CSM, KIBLA and CIANT (arts organisations from Maribor Slovenia, and Prague in the Czech Republic) and the city of Jesolo in Italy. Together we are actively testing assumptions by facilitating arts events and design interventions in all four countries.

The first of these interventions will take place in and around the Granary Square at Kings Cross, London in June 2012.

As part of the celebrations for these interventions and to raise further awareness of arts interventions in the public realm, the conference will feature speakers from a range of expertise and backgrounds who actively contribute towards the practice of art and design installation within public space.

The panels for the event will include key players in art, design and architecture as well as representatives from community and corporate environments that will present their theories and practice surrounding key topics regeneration, community engagement, interventions in practice and cultural-led regeneration.

Speakers on the day include:

Fred Manson – Associate Director, Heatherwick Studio
Paul Williams – Director, Stanton Williams Architects
Connie Freyer – Director, Troika
Ben Roberts – Programme co-ordinator, Camden Arts Centre
The Decorators – Ground breaking arts and design collective
Scott Burnham – Urban Strategist and Creative Director
Coralie Palmer – Community Liaison Strategist
CIANT – Tecnological Art Company (Czech Republic)
KIBLA – Multimedia Centre (Slovenia)
More speakers will be announced soon.

The conference will culminate with an evening reception and the grand opening of the EU-PA project “Sound Bridge 2025“, a gift of sound created by the present communities of King’s Cross for the communities of the future as featured by the London Festival of Architecture 2012.

For more information and for booking please visit the Central St Martins website. For additional enquiries, please contact Patricia Austin, Course Director at

This event is brought to you by MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments, a course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Twitter: @MACPfNE
Facebook: /narrative-environments

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