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RTPI Planning Awards

RTPI Planning Awards: Pioneering Places nominated as Best Project Pioneering Places, a cultural placemaking project delivered across four locations in Kent by leading cultural and...

Role of heritage and culture in levelling up

“Forgotten” heritage sites and cultural organisations recognised for role played in ‘Levelling Up’ local towns and cities Cultural regeneration projects at disused heritage sites across...

Levelling up through culture and heritage

Although conceived years before the phrase became a central part of government policy, the achieved outcomes of Pioneering Places provide evidence of what Levelling Up might look like in practice, with the right focus, partners and ambition. With all four of the project locations based in local authorities identified as priority one areas in the Levelling Up Prospectus, and specific sites such as the Folkestone gasworks and Ramsgate’s East Cliff in the top 10% most deprived wards in the country, there is a clear need to find new, innovative and creative ways to address the issues of our left-behind towns and smaller cities. 

Conrad Shawcross: Beacons (2021)

New major artwork by renowned artist Conrad Shawcross commissioned by local school children launched in Ramsgate. As part of Pioneering Places East Kent - the...

Heritage-led regeneration: Do less. Impose less. Make the building the star.

Canterbury youth creating new histories through heritage Faced with some "fairly difficult choices" over what to do with the 13th century former Poor Priest's Hospital...

The Future of English Towns

As 100 towns across the UK develop Investment Plans for the Government's Town Deals, Pioneering Places was invited to present some take-aways from our...

Make happy those who are near …

Morag Myerscough's Triennial artwork echoes the gasometers which once stood on this site and draws on the shared cultural history, heritage and talents of...

Rethinking Creative Clusters

Rethinking Creative Clusters for the Levelling-Up Agenda When we talk about “Creative Clusters”, we tend to think of them as either location-based clusters - usually...

Let’s Create

Arts Council England's ten year strategy for the period 2020-30, Let's Create, presents a vision of "a country transformed by culture, bringing us together,...

Dover’s giant awakens

1,850 attend Fort Burgoyne open day Dover's stunning Fort Burgoyne opened its doors to the public for a one day, free event on 29th February...

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