Date: Thursday 6th February
Time: 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Society 1, 9-10 Cross Street, Preston, PR1 3LT.
A post-work gathering to bring Preston and Lancashire creative/digital/aspiring businesses and freelancers together for creative conversations around topics that are current, impactful and interesting to our Lancashire community.
Let’s Talk – Creativity, Culture & Place with Michael Trainor – Art B&B
For our next Let’s Talk extended roundtable we examine the role of the creative industries in making towns or cities compelling, and the many ways the sector helps to shape the identity of places.
From film, place-making, spatial development, creative tourism, clusters and hubs, the creative industries and those who operate in the related professions impact and inform the development of global Uber cities as much as it is key to independent culture of smaller towns.
This discussion will explore to what extent creative industries can be a driver for regeneration and look at some of the innovative models that are being developed locally and globally.
Guest Speaker: Michael Trainor
Michael Trainor is the Creative Director of the new Art Bed & Breakfast (Art B&B) hotel. As recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Art B&B is a social enterprise which is refurbishing a Blackpool seafront hotel through commissioning artists to develop everything from the room designs to the hotel operations. When it opens later this year it will have 17 unique bedrooms rooms plus spaces for performances, exhibition and events. The model is to re-invest profits into local creative initiatives and further art commissioning. Michael’s previous roles include director of LeftCoast, the trailblazing Arts Council supported Creative People & Places programme, Chair of Northern Quarter association and various arts commissions including Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool City of Culture plus curatorial roles across the UK and beyond.
What to expect from our Let’s Talk evening :
The evening starts with a welcome drink and nibbles at 5.30pm, our roundtable discussion will begin around 6pm. Our guest host will lead the evening’s conversation with an introduction to the topic from their personal experiences. The evening is relaxed and topical. Attendees are welcome to join the discussion or simply listen if they prefer.