Workshop 2

2. Creative majority: beyond the downtown cultural quarter

Speakers included Nicola Thomas (Exeter), Steve Millington (MMU), Gary Anderson (Liverpool Hope), Jonathan Vickery (Warwick), Jane Harrison (UCL) and Susan Fitzpatrick (MMU)

University of Plymouth, organised in collaboration with Professor Malcolm Miles

This workshop looked to challenge an emphasis on entrepreneurial creative subjects and particular forms of commodifiable cultural artifacts and practices in creative city discourse. It instead emphasised a role for non-economic and non-productive values and practices in shaping processes of urban creativity, especially those connected to working class, ethnic, youth and familial cultural worlds. In adopting this focus, the workshop  contested a privileging of large metropolitan centres and downtown quarters as sites of cultural production, and foregrounded the variety and abundance of everyday urban spaces in which creativity occurs, emerges and mutates.

Photographs from walking tour led by Professor Jeremy Gould

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