Summit: ldn15


Length: 33:22


An exciting mix of creative professionals, technologists and entrepreneurs are driving the development of the world’s leading cultural capitals. The creative and cultural industries are one of the growth drivers of the economy and this trend is repeated across the globe. The dynamism, scale and diversity of leading world cities make them hubs for cultural activity but is the growth of a creative city largely organic or can we engineer it through tools such as policy and investment? How do we balance top-down with community empowerment?

This panel explores the ingredients that make the leading cultural cities tick and looks at what can be done to foster and encourage further growth in terms of developing appropriate environments, networks and infrastructure. It also examines how the Cultural Sector can better interface with other creative clusters within cities in the UK such as the growing tech scene and other opportunities such as urban development projects. How do we think about holistic place-making when thinking about the infrastructure of cities?

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Hannah Barry - Founder, Hannah Barry Gallery and Bold Tendencies

Hannah Barry, one of the UK’s leading creative innovators joins us to tell us the story behind the incredible Bold Tendencies which transformed a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham into a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and dynamic urban social space responsible for turning the area into one of London's leading creative locations. 

“A new generation of artists have turned an unlikely corner of southeast London into the capital's cultural epicentre.”
- Vogue 

“There are few initiatives taking place anywhere in the UK that match the verve with which the Bold Tendencies Team have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by Southwark for the imaginative use of derelict space.”
- Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Founded in 2008, the Hannah Barry Gallery grew out of a series of temporary exhibition projects in South London before establishing a permanent home in Peckham. The roster was built around British artists including James Capper, Shaun McDowell and Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq with a special focus on introducing emerging American and European artists, launching the careers of - among others - Wyatt Kahn. These have been complemented by special exhibitions such as ‘Erik Lindman One Year Edit vs Joseph Beuys’ Westmensch’ (2012); ‘Minstrel & Chronicle’, featuring Sophie Cundale, Ryan Trecartin, Antoine Catala et al, (2012); and ‘Optimism: The Art of our Time’ (2008).  In November 2013 we re-launched the gallery in a new space in Peckham with a mixed programme of represented artists, special project shows and historical exhibitions.

The gallery has also initiated a series of high-profile international projects including Palazzo Peckham for the 2013 Venice Biennale (featuring Jon Rafman, Dora Budor et al). It also founded Bold Tendencies, the not-for-profit commissioning organisation that has spearheaded the transformation of Peckham, South London through an annual summer programme of visual art, architecture, music and dance (2006 – present, featuring Camille Henrot, James Richards, Cecile B. Evans, Mircea Cantor, Bruce High Quality Foundation and including the highly successful bar and restaurant Frank's Cafe, Multistory, the London Contemporary Music Festival, the Copeland Book Market et al). Hannah Barry is Co-Chair of the Chinati Contemporary Council, Marfa Texas and leads the Serpentine Gallery Collectors Circle.

Portrait photo credit: Nick Seaton

Dave Twohig - Head of Design and Placemaking, Battersea Power Station

During his career David Twohig has worked on major urban regeneration projects in Europe, Russia and Asia. David started his career working for one of the most prominent property companies in Ireland before moving to Shanghai in 2005 where he was involved in the establishment of the largest western-managed development company in China.

During his time as Head of Development he worked on a number of significant mixed-use projects including the 45 million sq.ft. eco-city at Dongtan. In 2008 David was invited to work on the largest planning application ever secured in London at the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Today David continues in his role as Head of Design and Placemaking for the Battersea Power Station Development Company spearheading design on what is one of the highest profile urban regeneration projects anywhere in the world.

Martin Green - Chief Executive & Director, Hull City of Culture 2017

Martin Green has earned an international reputation for delivering world class, large-scale events. As Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he oversaw the delivery of the Torch relays and Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games. He recruited Danny Boyle and other artistic directors and hand-picked the artists, production and back-of-house teams that showcased the best of British culture on a global stage.

Prior to taking up his latest post as Chief Executive of Hull’s Culture Company, Martin masterminded the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ. As Executive Producer he worked alongside Welcome to Yorkshire to create an occasion that promoted the beauty and character of Yorkshire to audiences around the world.

In 2007, Martin programmed and opened The O2 venue – formerly the Millennium Dome – in London. Before that, as Head of Events for then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, he produced more than 60 events each year for audiences of more than 350,000, including the City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and community festivals.

Richard Dennys - Head of Digital Business Academy, Tech City

Head of TechCity's Digital Business Academy, run in association with University College, London and featuring online content provided by Judge Business School (Cambridge University), UCL and Founder Centric.