13th International Conference on the Arts in Society 2018

  • Kosmala, K. (Speaker)
  • Elizabeth Gardiner (Speaker)
  • Tomas Dahlberg (Speaker)

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Paper virtual presentation
Art in Society: The Role of Cultural Planning Methodology in Contemporary Society

Recent thinking and research has helped to broaden the base from The Arts to embrace place making, regeneration and city planning (Landry, 2000).
This paper asks what Cultural Planning methodology can offer in contemporary society. Can urban regeneration, place making and socio-economic development incorporate cultural resources in ways that are more than tokenistic, but actually capture and celebrate the “DNA” of the place? In the 20th century UK, Arts and Culture were often seen as separate from other aspects of urbanism. There were polarised positions that either insisted on “art for arts’ sake” or treated the arts and artists instrumentally; perceived as useful for tackling issues and problems in socio-economic disadvantage areas. Post-industrial cities continue to suffer from this perpetuated disconnect between culture and urban regeneration, leading to homogenization of urban design and the proliferation of “non-places” made of housing and retail developments that could be seen as being located anywhere. This paper explores the potential of cultural planning as an applied methodology in three post-industrial urban settings (Govan, Gothenburg and Gdansk) as an access to understanding how meaning can be generated and disseminated from the cultural sphere pursuit of building alternative futures.
Period28 Jun 2018
Event typeConference
LocationVancouver, CanadaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • cultural regeneration
  • communities
  • arts research
  • community politics
  • cultural planning
  • heritage