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Radical Places Workshop

Radical Places

A knowledge-sharing workshop for academics, community organisers and place-makers as part of Nottingham’s ‘Skateboarding in the City’ Festival

Monday 29th July

Workshop: 10.30am to 4.00pm

38 Carrington Street Nottingham Urban Room - NG1 7FG

Public Talks and Q&A: 5.00pm to 7.00pm

The Mezzanine Bar, Broadway Cinema - 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

If you’re interested in attending the workshop during the daytime at 38 Carrington Street, places are limited, so register a free place here: Click Here


Skate Nottingham CIC, a social enterprise supported by The Hive (enterprise centre, Nottingham Trent University), has secured a National Lottery Community Fund grant to deliver an international Skateboarding in the City festival between Friday 26th of July and Saturday 3rd of August 2019. Partners and venues include Broadway Arts Cinema, 38 Carrington Street (Nottingham Urban Room), the Creative Quarter Nottingham, The Photo Parlour, Forty Two Skateshop, Flo Indoor Skatepark and Re-Verb Skateboarding.

Re-Verb are a collective of academics established to support a critical voice in skateboarding and to create opportunities for researchers and writers from diverse backgrounds to progress within academic and professional careers – including through the Pushing Boarders international conference, which will take place in Malmö between the 14th and 18th of August, to which the events in Nottingham will align.

Nottingham’s Skateboarding in the City festival will include photography exhibitions, talks and Q&As and a large open competition in the city’s community-owned indoor skatepark. There will be skateable installations in underutilised spaces around the city, designed by local young people during a Festival of Science & Curiosity workshop with the award-winning community organisation Long Live Southbank (LLSB), Nottingham City Council and the Creative Quarter Nottingham.

The festival aims to connect local young people to educational and employment opportunities and to build links between the local skate community, place-making organisations and academics from other cities – including Tampere, Finland, and Malmö, Sweden.

As part of this programme, there will be a day-long workshop on Monday the 29th of July followed by public talks and a Q&A in the early evening, including Professor Iain Borden (Vice Dean of Education, The Bartlett, University College London and author of ‘Skateboarding and the City’, Bloomsbury, 2019) and Mikko Kyrönviita, Coordinator of the Dwellers in Agile Cities project (Tampere University).

This workshop will be called ‘Radical Places’ and its aims will be:

• For Practice: to share knowledge and build capacity (to obtain and deliver funding, to align with municipal place-making objectives) across community development organisations that have emerged across the UK (including Skate Southampton, Skate Hull, Shred the North, etc.), many of which have been inspired by similar projects in Tampere and elsewhere;

• For Research: to strengthen links between academics and community organisers from institutions including Nottingham Trent University, Tampere University and the University of Northumbria, to share research and to discuss implications for practice; and

• For Place-Making Policy: to engage decision makers in Nottingham with local young people, including economic development professionals, town planners, sports development, place making and creative industry representatives, and the charitable and third sectors, in considering international best practice and discussing potential solutions to Nottingham’s challenges. This will complement the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Learning Cities programme of public events.

The outline programme and contributors are as follows:

Monday 29th July 10.30am-4.00pm and 5.00pm-7.00pm

Skills Sharing Workshop, 38 Carrington Street Nottingham Urban Room, NG1 7FG (capacity 40)

• 10.30am-10.50 am: Welcome and introductions - aims of the session and the changing context of 'skate development' in the UK and Europe (Chris Lawton, Dept of Economics, Nottingham Trent University and Skate Nottingham CIC)

• 10.50am-11.30 am: Inspirational case studies – DIY skate culture, place-making and sustainable urban development: Tampere, Finland (Mikko Kyrönviita, Coordinator, Dwellers in Agile Cities research project, Tampere University)

• 11.30am-11.45am Break

• How skateboarders make sense of urban spaces: mapping identities and communities (Mike Jeffries and Sebastian Messer, Northumbria University – ‘Accidental Youth Club’ project with skateboarders in Newcastle and Tyneside). Participatory, lo-fi, map-making to show off and defend local skate culture and heritage. We’ll make maps and a zine to be submitted to the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery Zine Library

• 1.00pm-1.45pm: Lunch and networking

• 1.45pm-2.45pm Strategies for a 'skate friendly' city - how to align activities with local/urban challenges, understanding funding opportunities and confident use of socio-economic statistics and concepts (Chris Lawton and Andy Wright, Flo Indoor Skatepark; Neill Ellis, Skateboard England; Sport England tbc)

• 2.45pm-3.45 pm: Skateboarding, education and inclusion: the potential for skate 'academies' and understanding the research on inclusion of women and girls and people from diverse and marginalised groups – a two-part conversation and Q&A with:

  • Kelli Watson (We Can Fly documentary series), Sara Prinsloo (skateboarder, artist and teacher specialising in using creative learning to transfer skills to young people) and Brent Lewis (the FAR Academy). How do we design, evaluate and fund educational programmes? Including teaching the 'act of skateboarding' itself; alternative education for hard-to-reach young people; and alternative education for employability skills and creative careers (e.g. creative and digital skills, STEM skills etc)

  • Professor Carrie Paechter (Nottingham Trent University) joining Kelli and Brent in discussion on skateboarding, diversity and active girlhoods. How we can better include and support women and girls and other marginalised groups to access and progress within these (sport, culture and educational) projects and issues for research and evaluation

• 3.45pm-4.00pm: roundup/feedback and close: and over to Broadway Arts Cinema cafe bar

2: Public Discussions and Q&A Panel – Radical Places and Learning Cities, The Mezzanine Bar, Broadway Cinema (capacity c. 80)

5.00pm-7.00pm: Discussion and Q&A with Professor Iain Borden and Mikko Kyrönviita, on Skateboarding in the City: Potential for Learning and Agile Urban Regeneration (Chaired by Chris Lawton and the Skate Nottingham team)

Earlier Event: July 4
IHBC Annual School - Nottingham 2019
Later Event: August 20
Design Quality in Nottingham