Issue 279

The arts and regeneration

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Photo: Courtesy of the Creative Foundation

Regeneration is about regional partnerships striking the right balance between artistic excellence and community engagement, believes Nick Ewbank.

Take a walk around the Old Town of Folkestone and, if you look closely, just over the road from the buddleia-strewn bombsite that is still left over from World War I, you will find what appears to be a tiny pink baby’s sock lying on the pavement as if dropped from a passing pushchair. It is actually a diminutive Tracey Emin bronze sculpture, painted to look like the real thing. The antithesis of monumental art, it is part of the legacy of the first Folkestone Triennial of contemporary art,...

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Barry Pritchard says that new arts buildings must be inclusive, exciting and adaptable if they are to widen engagement and genuinely regenerate a town or city centre.

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Saltaire, a village within the city of Bradford, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an inspiration for heritage regeneration projects, writes Helen Thornton.

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Making unloved corners of Lincolnshire more attractive has brought communities closer together and opened the door to arts activities, says Nick Jones.

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Made in Corby, a consortium of community groups and venues, is making radical and brave efforts to engage communities in the arts, says Simon Mutsaars.

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Stoke-on-Trent has used big outdoor arts events as a main ingredient in its recipe for change. Karl Greenwood explains how.

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Eloise Malone tells how she has transformed a former bank in Plymouth into an art gallery and creative space for vulnerable young people.