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Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England

(20 April 2018)

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The role of the arts and heritage in supporting the economy and life of North East England will be explored at a seminar.

Organised by the Institute for Local Governance Partnership, which is hosted by Durham University, the seminar is titled The Power of Arts and Heritage to Deliver Regional Investment.

It has been designed to help public authorities and agencies capitalise on arts and heritage programmes for the benefit of the economy, as well as society, culture and the environment.

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Jonathan Blackie, a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and Trustee of The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland.

Other speakers will include Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, and Abigail Pogson, Managing Director of Sage Gateshead.

'Significant contribution'

Professor John Mawson, Director of the Institute for Local Governance, who will open the seminar, said: “Arts and heritage initiatives can make a substantial contribution to economic and social integration, and the attraction of inward investment.

“We are seeking to illustrate this with some of the many excellent projects and initiatives which are taking place across the region at the moment.”

Seminar details

The seminar will be held at MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle, on Friday 27 April from 9.30am to 1pm.

It follows an earlier seminar, entitled The Role of Arts and Heritage in Social and Economic Regeneration, which was held at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, in January.

Entry is free, but places should be booked by emailing:

About the ILG

The Institute for Local Governance is a research and knowledge exchange partnership, comprising North East England’s university researchers, local authorities, police and fire rescue services established in 2009.

Hosted at Durham University, it addresses a wide range of topics such as economic and regional development, welfare reform and child poverty, emergency service planning, revitalising coastal communities, graduate recruitment and retention.

Since it was established in 2009, the Partnership has commissioned over 90 research projects and held nearly 200 seminars and events involving 5,000 academics and practitioners across North East England.