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More than Meanwhile Spaces: Long term business models for artists in the city

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Coffield, Dr Paul Richter, Dr Katie Markham, David Butler, Rebecca Prescott


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In the UK, market-driven efforts to open city centres up to international capital have gained considerable traction in recent decades, with the result that grassroots art spaces occupying ‘meanwhile’ spaces are regularly required to relocate – an exhaustive process that exacerbates vulnerabilities already well documented in the creative industries. Focusing on Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding area, this project – ‘More than Meanwhile Spaces’, a collaborative project co-run by researchers at Newcastle University and artist-led community, The NewBridge Project – sets out to challenge that trend by a) bringing together a network of key stakeholders (e.g. creative practitioners, local government officers, local businesses, academics, developers, planners), b) holding three strategic conversations to foster shared understandings of current procedures, their impact and potential, and c) exploring innovative long-term possibilities, relationships and business models that champion more sustainable artist-run spaces in the city. This presentation provides an account of the activity to date and sets out some of the emerging, participant-led themes including: knowledge and skill gaps among creative practitioners vis managing the process of securing more sustainable spaces; the development of models for resource-sharing; the demand for differing states of permanence; and challenges to collective organisation and action.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coffield E, Richter P, Huggan R, Markham K, Butler D, Prescott R, Wainwright E

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City

Year of Conference: 2019

Acceptance date: 22/05/2019