Carlow to host landmark think-tank of planners, councillors, artists and more

Conference and workshop expected to draw over 100 people

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VISUAL Centre in Carlow Town (Picture: Pat Moore)

Carlow is leading the field on a new way of thinking about how we plan, layout and design public spaces and buildings by hosting a major think-tank featuring national and international experts. And locals are invited to play their part!

Planners, architects, housing organisations and more will join with local authority members and staff, the public and those engaged in health and social care, geography, arts and heritage for a unique conference which the organisers hope will inject new character and life into our town centres and civic infrastructure.

The ‘People, Place and Participation’ conference at Carlow’s Visual Arts Centre on Thursday, October 11, runs from 10am to 4.30pm and registration is open now.

The IPI CPD accredited event is the brainchild of Ann Mulrooney, director of the stunning VISUAL Contemporary Arts Centre in Carlow town centre.

The cultural producers are the Workhouse Union and the entire event builds on a year-long Town Planners project at VISUAL which examines our sense of space and explores the future of Carlow town.

Local authorities from neighbouring counties are already coming on board for the practical, pragmatic conference and workshop which are expected to draw over 100 people.

It will examine the roles that creativity, civic engagement and place making, play in urban and rural planning and design, says Ann. 

“We will also examine how local authorities and government agencies can work positively with ground-up initiatives, lived experience and knowledge and participatory processes to re-imagine and enliven our shared spaces and civic infrastructure.

“This event will have broad appeal for the wider community and those engaged in positive change as well as local authority professionals, government policy makers, academics and researchers or those in private practice, working in related fields. The George Bernard Shaw Theatre will be full of people who are passionate about the future of our cities and towns,” Ms Mulrooney added.

Invited Speakers include Ian Doyle and Alison Harvey, The Heritage Council; Marjetica Potrč, Artist and Architect; Helena Fitzgerald, Architect; Free Market, Architect; Emma Geoghegan, DIT;  Arts Action Group, Take A Part Carlow; Je Ahn, Studio Weave; Michelle Browne, Artist; Kaethe Burt-O’Dea, Bí URBAN; Shem Caulfield, Thomastown Community River Trust in Kilkenny and more.

Resilent Town, a workshop with Marjetica Potrĉ follows on the second day, Friday, October 12. It runs from 10am until 2pm and is open to conference attendees only.

The workshop will bring together a diverse group of people, including community groups, urban planners, artists, architects and people working to create creative social environments and situations.

Participants will engage in discussions relating to people, place and participation. The event will be coordinated in a world café style, a structure that facilitates a range of conversations and interests.

Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect based in Berlin, Germany and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Potrč's interdisciplinary practice includes on-site projects, research, architectural case studies and series of drawings.

Her work documents and interprets contemporary architectural practices and the ways people live together.

●       For bookings and more, visit https://www.visualcarlow.ie/ events/info/autumn-conference- 2018