How Art Can Make a Place: An Arts Strategy for the Discovery Quarter

How Art Can Make a Place: An Arts Strategy for the Discovery Quarter
Library Shelf Location 09.CAMP
Publication Date 2008

The artist strategy is part of a broad consultation for the Discovery Quarter.The Discovery Quarter is an emerging regeneration scheme which is part of the broader city centre plan and the gateway to West Newcastle communities. It forms a supplement to the ‘my city’ strategy and is intended to give guidance to the planning team, developers and policy makers. The artists’ consultation occurred during 2005-06 and was funded by Tyne&Wear Partnership, One Northeast and Newcastle City Council. The Discovery Quarter is presently completing its master plan study. Curatorial statement The Discovery Quarter scheme represents ambitious regeneration. The Discovery Quarter Lead Artist Project was implemented because I didn’t want artists pulled into the scheme at the end of the project. The Artist’s role should not be limited to a discussion about public art and furniture. Art should not be seen as a branding exercise. It’s imperative to have a broad discussion about the facilitation of well designed and active public spaces. Cultural practitioners need to be part of the leadership in this discussion so we move away from insular art strategies and outdated cultural plans. Great cities are cultural laboratories, great cities give pleasure to their people in contemporary and urban terms. The role of the Discovery Quarter lead artists is to assist in establishing platforms for culture linked to the built environment, the aspirations of the city and the inclusion of the community. Their work anticipates, rather than establishes, the response of contemporary cultural practices within a scheme and the broader context of the city. The Discovery Quarter artists have given us a basis towards establishing a cultural infrastructure.

As part of BALTIC Self-Publishing Artists' Market 2018 the Women Artists of the North East Library had a one-day residency in BALTIC Library researching the collection for records of exhibitions and projects by women artists associated with the North East. The documents found were pulled out of the collections to form a new online reading list of BALTIC Library. This also contributed to the Women Artists North East Library’s research.

This book now forms part of that reading list and includes work by Cath Campbell.



Quantity 1
Authors Kathryn Hodgkinson, Cath Campbell
Format Hardback
Publisher Department of Creativity and Innovation
Categories Education/Learning, Public/Landscape Art
Keywords Place, Women Artists of the North East Library: Reading/Viewing List
Related City/Region Newcastle upon Tyne
Related Country/Global Region Britain/UK
Language English

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