Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking

17 Oct 2017
Lyric Hammersmith, London


Speakers will be discussing the role of theatres and the wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. Teams behind recent theatre projects will explore how community and placemaking plays a fundamental role in the future proofing of their venues with Storyhouse Chester, Tara Arts, New Diorama Theatre, Royal Town Planning Institute, Argent LLP and others joining in the discussions.

Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust says: “Conference 17 will stimulate conversations around theatre buildings and their role in placemaking – ranging from their impact on vibrancy of place and the local economy, the physical and philosophical relationship of theatre buildings to their community and their contribution to wellbeing and identity. Our speakers and case studies bring with them a wealth of fascinating stories and experience from across the country.”

The annual conference, now in its eleventh year, has attracted a high number of key decision makers, influencers and practitioners from the cultural sector, from theatre operators and local authority planners, to developers and architects, theatre suppliers, manufacturers and installers. In a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussions.

Conference 17 Speakers include:

  • Dr Cara Courage an independent researcher and strategist at Futurecity
  • Graham Lister, Project Director for Storyhouse Chester and Cllr Louise Gittins, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council
  • Jatinder Verma from Tara Arts
  • Damian Cruden from York Theatre Royal, and Angus Morrogh-Ryan from De Matos Ryan Architects
  • Daniel Rose, Executive Director, Mechanics’ Institution Trust

The conference will close with an expert panel, chaired by Tim Jones of Futurecity, discussing how stakeholders can work together on maximising the placemaking benefits of theatres and other cultural buildings. Panellists include Sian Alexander, Executive Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, Anna Strongman, Partner at developers Argent LLP and Richard Blyth, Head of Policy at the Royal Town Planning Institute.

For more information on booking tickets click here.

To view the Programme and for more information, visit the website.

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