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Summer School 2010: Detailed Programme


 Day 1 (Mon 5 Jul)
12:00pm to 12:30pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
Chaired by Simon Evans, Creative Clusters

Welcome: Richard Motley, Programme Director, Integreat Yorkshire.

Introduction to the School and to each other: objectives, visits, the School Project.

12:30pm to 1:45pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
Keynotes: The Creative Economy: Global issues, Local Solutions
1:45pm to 3:30pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
Chaired by Lee Corner, LAC Limited

The School's big themes are introduced and discussed.

Simon Evans: sets the scene for the School with a dynamic and challenging survey of challenges facing the locally-based creative development professional.

Prof Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy & Planning, Leeds Metropolitan University applies his long experience of urban creativity, his characteristic wit and eye for a telling detail to the issues facing town and city strategists in these challenging times.

Paul Wilson: One of the UK's leading marketing gurus applies his experience of story-telling for world-leading brands to the challenges of place-making.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Case Study: The Media Centre, Huddersfield
4:00pm to 5:15pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
Chaired by Lee Corner, LAC Limited

Brent Woods, the Media Centre's Director, introduces Huddersfield's Media Centre, analyses present-day challenges facing multi-occupancy spaces.

Visit and focus group sessions with Media Centre tenants. What services do they want and why do they value being here?

Anamaria Wills, Chief Executive of CIDA UK, leads a discussion on meeting the needs of creative entrepreneurs.

Break: Hotel Check-in
5:15pm to 6:00pm, George Hotel
The Huddersfield Walk
6:00pm to 7:00pm, George Hotel
Chaired by Lee Corner, LAC Limited

A team of Huddersfield regeneration insiders led by Lee Corner guide you from the statue of Harold Wilson outside the George Hotel, along the byways of Huddersfield with a commentary taking in the home of rugby union, the rediscovery of canals, the challenge of town-centre retail and the secret history of Yorkshire's first Creative Town.

7:00pm to 9:30pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield

Drinks and dinner at Huddersfield Media Centre. An informal dinner of local produce cooked by our own chef.


 Day 2 (Tue 6 Jul)
Coach to Sheffield
8:00am to 9:30am, George Hotel
Clusters and Quarters: Case Study: The Workstation / Showroom, Sheffield
9:30am to 11:00am, The Showroom
Chaired by Lee Corner, LAC Limited

Ian Wild (Director) introduces Sheffield's ground-breaking Showroom/Workstation complex, which houses 50 creative enterprises in 56,000 square feet of workspace, as well as a four-screen independent cinema. The building also hosts major media events such as DocFest and the Showcommotion Children's Media Festival and Conference.

Matthew Conduit (Creative Industry Partnerships), who has helped develop creative workspaces around the UK and was Director of the Workstation during its development period, leads a discussion on quarters, clusters and places for creative business.

Walking Tour of Sheffield CIQ
11:20am to 12:40pm, The Showroom
Chaired by Simon Evans, Creative Clusters

Simon Evans, who first had an office in the Workstation when it was an abandoned garage, Matthew Conduit, The Workstation's first Director and special guests from Sheffield's local regeneration community are your guides to the world's first cultural industries quarter. From pigeon racing to National Centre for Popular Music to the digital square mile: this is the inside story.

Electric Works: The Plug and Play Workspace
12:40pm to 1:00pm, Electric Works

Toby Hyam (Director, Creative Space Management) introduces electricworks, a state-of-the-art office space for creative, digital and media businesses which offers sophisticated 'plug and play' workspaces, alongside a range of flexible and virtual office solutions, all in a dynamic social environment.

Electric Works is the only UK office building with a permanent three storey helter skelter, designed to help create a memorable experience for visitors and an exhilarating place for staff to work.

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Electric Works
Yorkshire Place-Making Day: Reframing the Narrative
2:00pm to 3:30pm, Electric Works
Chaired by Lee Corner, LAC Limited

Workspaces, incubators and other entrepreneur support programmes will not on their own guarantee a creative economy. It is critical that they operate in the right local and regional context.

But how can this be kick-started? Small towns are finding it particularly hard to catch up: a couple of bad stories in the press and suddenly a town can be labelled a failure for a generation. We join regeneration professionals from across the Yorkshire region exploring how renaissance towns and comeback cities can start telling a new story about themselves.

Yorkshire Place-Making Day: Case-Study: Dewsbury
3:50pm to 5:00pm, Electric Works
Chaired by Simon Evans, Creative Clusters

Analysis and discussion with Paul Wilson (Make Believe) and Jan Anderson (Executive Director of Environment, Yorkshire Forward) on strategies to build confidence and reputation challenging circumstances, and to create and sustain 'great places' in Yorkshire.

Walk to Kelham Island
5:00pm to 5:45pm, Electric Works

Sheffield's historic industrial centre has been the subject of intense regeneration over the last ten years and now houses offices and inner-city living spaces both in re-conditioned mills and in substantial new buildings, a leading industrial museum and some of the best real-ale gastro-pubs in Britain.

Creative Social Enterprise: Case Study: Point Blank
5:45pm to 7:00pm, The Riverside Pub

Point Blank is a ground-breaking social enterprise delivering three strands of activity: a schools programme offering workshops, performances and artist residencies; a community programme offering training, work placements and participatory performance projects; and a national acclaimed touring theatre programme.

In April 2009 Point Blank bought The Riverside pub in Sheffield's Kelham Island, which now operates as a live arts and entertainment venue. A 100-seater Studio Theatre is planned, alongside other creative enterprise projects including a social kitchen, micro brewery, environmental trust and arts development agency.

Drinks and Dinner
7:00pm to 9:00pm, The Riverside Pub

A modern Spanish supper at the Riverside pub cooked specially for us by the chefs from Sheffield's El Toro Canteen and Tapas Bar.
Authentic ingredients simply cooked to really show their character. Intense flavours with a rich variety of textures, with optional deep red wines, crisp dry whites, ice cold imported beers or best British real ales.

Coach to Huddersfield
9:00pm to 10:00pm, The Riverside Pub


 Day 3 (Wed 7 Jul)
Coach to Saltaire
8:00am to 9:15am, George Hotel
Walk through Saltaire
9:15am to 9:45am

A short walk accompanied by local resident and historian Roger Clarke.

Saltaire is an outstandingly well-preserved 19th century industrial village. Its textile mills, public buildings and workers' housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards. The urban plan, which survives intact, strongly influenced the 'garden city' movement, and vividly reflects Victorian philanthropic paternalism. Saltaire's active urban community led the succesful UNESCO World Heritage listing bid in 2001. The village hosts an annual arts festival, an arts trail and a growing number of culture-related retail businesses.

Visit to Shimu
9:45am to 10:45am, Shimu, Saltaire

Shimu is a substantial web-based business with a showroom in Saltaire, offering traditional Chinese and contemporary oriental furniture, alongside restored antique furniture sourced from the far-flung regions of China.

We meet James Cottrell, the founder and Director of this fascinating creative retail start-up.

10:45am to 11:00am, Salt's Mill

Tea, coffee and cakes at Cafe at the opera, on the top of Saltaire's historic Salt's Mill.

Salt's Mill
11:00am to 12:00pm, Salt's Mill

An informal talk with Salt's Mill's Director Robin Silver followed by a tour.

When it opened in 1853, Salt's Mill was the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area. It made high quality textiles from Alpaca and Donskoi wool, and made its owner Titus Salt one of the richest men in Yorkshire. The mill operated until 1986, when it was acquired by Jonathan Silver who began the renovation programme that his family continues today.

Salt's Mill is now a Grade II* listed building that houses a wide range of businesses, including design, musical instruments and consumer electronics. It is a destination for arts and lifestyle-led shops, cafes and art galleries, incuding a major collection of Bradford-born artist, David Hockney.

Coach to Dewsbury
12:00pm to 12:40pm, Salt's Mill
Coach Tour of Dewsbury
12:40pm to 1:30pm, Dewsbury

An introduction to one of Britain's most challenging towns led by local regeneration officer James Devitt.

1:30pm to 2:30pm, Dewsbury Town Hall
Walk in Dewsbury Town Centre
2:30pm to 3:15pm, Dewsbury Town Hall

A short walk to stretch the legs and experience the context for the Master Plan on Market day in one of Yorkshire's biggest and liveliest markets.

The Dewsbury Master Plan
3:30pm to 5:30pm, Dewsbury Town Hall

An in-depth session with Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects and Phil Woods, Comedia, who are leading Dewsbury's master-planning process, analysis the issues and discuss their solutions.

Coach to Yorkshire Sculpture Park
5:30pm to 6:00pm, Dewsbury Town Hall
7:00pm to 9:00pm, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Dinner takes place in the inspiring surroundings of Yorkshire's beautiful Sculpture Park. This is one of Europe's leading open-air art galleries, with major pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Goldsworthy and many others set in five hundred acres of 18th century parkland.

Coach to Huddersfield
9:00pm to 9:30pm, Yorkshire Sculpture Park


 Day 4 (Thu 8 Jul)
The Dewsbury Pitch
9:00am to 11:30am, Media Centre, Huddersfield

We review the past three days, and teams finalise their ideas for the 'Dewsbury Pitch'.

The Dewsbury Pitch
11:30am to 1:00pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield

How can Dewsbury realise its ambition of being a Creative Town, and where should it go next?
With Ken Gillespie (Head of Regeneration, Kirklees MBC), Richard Motley (Programme Director, Integreat Yorkshire, Yorkshire Forward) and Franco Bianchini (Professor of Cultural Policy & Planning, Leeds Metropolitan University).

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
2:00pm to 2:30pm, Media Centre, Huddersfield
Chaired by Simon Evans, Creative Clusters

Presentations, prizes and final remarks.


 Day 5 (Fri 9 Jul)
Creative Exchange ALICE Tour: Exploring the world of creative social enterprise
9:00am to 4:30pm, Sylvester Works, Sheffield

Integreat Yorkshire invites you to explore the fantastic world of creative social enterprise.

Guided by the Creative Exchange media team, you will spend the day touring and making a short film about community-based enterprise centres in South Yorkshire, meeting colourful characters and discovering ALICE: Adventures and Lessons In Creative Enterprise. You will experience first-hand the creative processes that inspire some of the region’s most dynamic social entrepreneurs, with more than a little magic mixed in!

This event is open to anyone working in the community sector in the Yorkshire region, and to delegates at the Creative Clusters Summer School.