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Just back from British Council CLI Programme in Istanbul

30 Oct

Lost in Istanbul
The last week has been a real eye-opener.  Even with everything Curated Place taking off in the last year (hence the quietness of the blog) getting out of the UK to meet with cultural leaders from around the world has truly been a career highlight.

Over 5 days an incredible group of 47 participants selected by the British Council from 18 countries discussed the power and worth of cultural policy, the impact of culture on society and the opportunities afforded to cultural practices by digital technologies.  I was one of the participants but I also worked with the superb filmmaker Maria Gabriella of LittleStar and social media expert Jenny Jones to document the whole programme in a format developed by Curated Place and LittleStar that we’ll be rolling out across the arts and cultural world later this year (get in touch for more details if you’re doing an event and want it professionally covered with more panache than a corporate sales pitch).

Some on-the-fly films and audio are already available but we’ll be producing more lyrical mood pieces over the next two weeks that completes the package as a useable resource post-event.  Here’s a link to Audioboos with participants, and you can see some of the films here. Should give a hint at where we’re going with it.

Josephine Burns, BOP Consulting at Cultural Leadership International, Istanbul from British Council Arts on Vimeo.

The full list of CLI participants is on the British Council website and it makes for impressive reading but meeting these impressive people in the flesh exceeded my already sky-high expectations.  With a professional development programme to implement over the next year I’m extremely excited to capitalise on the networks created and the friendships started in Istanbul.  My head is still spinning from the whole experience but somehow I’ve got back to the UK with a remarkable clarity about the possibilities and the priorities I need to focus on over the next 12 months.

Thanks to all CLI participants.  2012 is going to be incredible.

Tamara Takishvili at Cultural Leadership International, Istanbul from British Council Arts on Vimeo.

Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts and Culture Program at Emirates Foundation from British Council Arts on Vimeo.


Rethinking Homes, Rethinking Regeneration – Urbis Research Forum Podcast 1

20 Jul

Urbis Research Forum Podcast 1 - Rethinking Homes Rethinking Housing

Last Monday Curated Place attended the latest Urbis Research Forum as it settles into its new home at the University of Manchester.

Bringing together academics, professionals and the people on the ground the forum aims to bridge the gap left by institutionalised discussions of Urban space which consistently only brings these groups together on opposite sides of the table.

Over the next few months I’ll be working with Mark Rainey, the man behind the Research Forum to try and spread what they’re doing a little further afield by recording and producing podcasts of the seminars, publishing the results here until we sort out proper hosting. here.

The latest outing, Rethinking Homes, Rethinking Regeneration, brought together Salford University based regeneration officer and academic Antony Lockley and Chair of the Grove Village Residents Association, David Tomlinson, to discuss the importance of consulting with residents in the redevelopment process of inner city housing.

We’ll be posting every outing of the forum on here but to automatically keep up to date with the forum you can subscribe to the feed by going to The Urbis Research Forum Podcast Feed and clicking the “subscribe in itunes” link on the right.

Whales Tohorā

23 Jun

Increasingly the role of the museum as a repository of knowledge has been usurped by the internet. How can a static establishment possibly compete with an ever changing, living, network of knowledge that constantly reacts to changes in the knowledge base as created by experts?

One way is to ensure that the learning experience takes on a wholly new scale by increasing just that – scale, something that is lost through our monitors and smartphones.

Certainly the Whales Tohorā exhibition, put together by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that’s currently on a worldwide tour, realises that in allowing kids to interact directly with objects as well as getting a sense of the scale of these vast beasts means that they’ll be more likely to enjoy their visit and so retain the information given to them, and what could be more memorable than climbing inside a real whale’s heart?

The video’s a nice touch of evaluation straight from the kids too:

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