On Tuesday I made the journey up to a very sunny Liverpool to attend Kerry Wilson’s AHRC-funded workshop “It’s not the winning… Reconsidering the Cultural City”. This was the wrap up event from a series of workshops she’s been running out of the Institute of Cultural Capital, looking at the ways in which bidding for the City of Culture Programme impacted on the places involved.
There was some really interesting material discussed, particularly for me the notion of how a ‘cultural’ title fitted with wider issues around placemaking and community buy-in. The full report will shortly be available via the Cultural Cities Research Network site.
I also took the opportunity to visit the Rolf Harris retrospective in a packed Walker Art Gallery. Cultural intermediation… can you see what it is yet?