ULI UK Urban Art Forum Day 2021


Monday, January 18th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm

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    Online This webinar will be hosted by Zoom. UNITED KINGDOM
    This event is free of charge for ULI members, and £15.00 for non-members.
    The ULI UK Urban Art Forum invites you to our Product Council Day, which will be held virtually on 18 January 2021. 

    Recover. Reclaim. Redefine.

    Creative Placemaking is being tapped as a solution for the challenges facing city and retail centres, public realm and ground floor spaces in mixed-use developments. Faced with the pressures of retail retreat and COVID social distancing, local authorities, developers and commercial leasers are exploring creative ways of addressing new challenges.

    Urban Art Forum is a diverse mix of professionals across arts, creative industries, architecture, design, planning and development working together to guide new solutions and share best practice for including culture in development as central to a place’s wellbeing.

    The programme will examine how to leverage this unprecedented time (Recover) to fill empty places with people (Reclaim) and demonstrate sustainable approaches that deliver for Meanwhile as well as long-term (Redefine). It will introduce the concept of the Collaborative High Street - a model that tackles immediate engagement, co-tenancy and shifting class uses.

    The Product Council Day will demonstrate guidance with a panel of cultural experts responding to property sector challenges with tangible solutions
    • Introduction
      Shaping the current landscape and how Urban Art Forum relates to the other Product Councils’ focus
    • Rapid Relay
      4-5 Concise presentations of solutions (responding to articulated challenges) from diverse cultural and design delivery experts
    • Moderated Panel Discussion
      How can we create a Collaborative High Street approach?
    • Audience ‘Surgery’
      An active Q&A where attendees can gain specific advice on their own challenges and obstacles.

    Confirmed Speakers
    Fatos Ustek, independent curator and writer
    Gameli Ladzekpo, Social Impact Product Designer
    Ed Watson, Ed Watson and Associates (EWANDA)
    Gee Sinha, Director, ReSpace Projects
    Lewis Biggs, Curator, Folkestone Triennial
    Catherine Ince, Chief Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum



    Fatoş Üstek

    Director, Liverpool Biennial

    Fatoş Üstek is independent curator and writer, based in London. She was Director of Liverpool Biennial, (2019-20), a jury member for Turner Prize Bursaries 2020, Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021, Scotland in Venice 2022, Dutch Pavilion 2022, and as an external member of the acquisitions committee for the Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). She is the curator of Do Ho Suh’s largest UK commission (2018-2020) co-commissioned by Art Night and Sculpture in the City. She was formerly Director and Chief Curator of DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), curated miart Talks 2018; Art Night, East London, 2017 and fig-2 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks, ICA, 2015. She acted as Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale, 2014. Ustek is a contributing editor to Extra Extra Magazine, a founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); trustee of Art Night; board member of Urbane Kunste Ruhr; advisory panel for Jan van Eyck Academie; member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA UK,; and an ICI Alumni. Recently, Ustek delivered keynote lectures at London City Hall, Tate Modern, De Montfort University and presented papers in conferences held in the UK, Europe, and South America. She publishes regularly in exhibition catalogues and art magazines, and was the co-founding Editor of Nowiswere (2008-12).


    Catherine Ince

    Chief Curator, V&A East, Victoria and Albert Museum

    Catherine Ince is Chief Curator of the V&A East project, leading an interdisciplinary team to conceive and develop a new museum designed by Dublin-based O’Donnell &Tuomey Architects, and an open-access centre for the V&A’s collection, learning and research activities designed by the New York practice Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. V&A East is due to open from 2023 as part of East Bank, a major new cultural and education district planned for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Prior to V&A East, Catherine was a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, and originated major survey exhibitions and their publications, including The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2015), Bauhaus: Art as Life (2012), and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (2011). Catherine is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Trustee of The Architecture Foundation, and Chair of the Stanley Picker Gallery and Dorich House Museum’s Advisory Board. She writes and lectures regularly on design, architecture and exhibition histories.