Landscapes and legacy: critical partnerships between arts, culture and heritage

deadline for submissions: 
June 26, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
The University of Derby
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Landscapes and Legacy: critical partnerships between arts, culture and heritage is a two-day conference hosted at University of Derby on the 26thand 27thJune 2019 that will discuss how partnerships in the arts and cultural sector inform heritage. The conference aims to respond to the demands and possibilities within different types of heritage and legacy making activity, natural, cultural and industrial within the managed urban, rural or alternative landscapes. It intends to address questions regarding the interaction between public and private bodies and institutions tasked with maintenance, driven often by singular rather than collective needs and desires. This has sometimes surfaced in debates between the significance of natural versus cultural heritage and the widening desire to be more inclusive of under-represented sectors of the community. 

This raises a number of questions such as:-

  • Websites, social media, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, paintings, performance, fashion and the graphic arts all communicate something of themselves and their subject matter, but how important is it to bring them all into one place when funding and changing priorities often drive them apart?
  • We often talk about ‘visitor-friendly’ activity, but is there a typical visitor and what do they access and how? 
  • How does the heritage and landscape site attract visitors without the footfall damaging their conditions? 
  • How does the notion of sustainable tourism fit with this ideal? 
  • Can we evidence how landscape improvements have enhanced biodiversity, and their effect of economic or political changes and sustainability, and how this can be archived and accessed for future communication of its significance? 
  • With as many different platforms as there are people willing to use them, how can a coherent strategy be found that is or becomes future proof and on what ideological position would it be based? 
  • What core heritage messages need to be communicated? 
  • The conference aims to draw out some of the issues within this subject to inform how planning effective heritage and legacy making can be created and maintained. 

    Presentations are invited for submission to, but are not limited, to address these themes. 

Conference Themes 

AlternativeLandscapes, heritage and social exclusion 

Whose Land? ~

  • How have people responded to and challenged notions of landscape in images and words?
  • Does gender/background/age play a significant part of the way in which we engage with  landscape and heritage?  
  • Are there different ways in which different groups might be encouraged to engage with heritage and landscape in the light of climate change and the challenges that presents? 
  • Are there class divides and what can be done to dismantle historic perceptions of landscape and heritage which has been reinforced by many artistic practices?


Connecting People and Place ~

  • This may be a reflection on contemporary or historic practices which locate the landscape in perception or which challenge the way we relate to the space around us.
  • How art is used to enable the public to appreciate, interpret and engage with the practical work that has been or is being done as part of environmental partnerships?
  • What role does artistic research either as performance or academic engagement play in the visibility of landscape legacy and in public accountability? 


Locating differences between natural, cultural and industrial heritage ~

  • Sites of Conscience. Are there things that can be learned by the ecological effects of industry that can inform the wider issues we now face?
  • What role does or should industry play in its own legacy and heritage? 
  • Many ‘heritage’ sites are former industrial sites, what criteria should there be in deciding what to preserve and what to repurpose?
  • Agriculture plays an important part in the maintenance of the land and natural heritage, how might they become more involved and what happens when their needs compete with those of the other stakeholders? 

Landscapes, heritage and the arts

What role should the arts play in the partnerships seeking to protect the environment ~

  • This may be a reflection on contemporary or historic activity in artistic research and practice.
  • How art is used to enable the public to appreciate, interpret and engage with the practical work that has been or is being done as part of these partnerships.


Conference Organisers