‘Evidence of Things That Appear Not’? - A Critical Review of the Role of Arts and Culture in the Regeneration of Urban Places and Urban Communities

Campbell, Peter ORCID: 0000-0001-8754-0162, Cox, Tamsin, Crone, Stephen and Wilks-Heeg, Stuart ORCID: 0000-0003-2919-0875
(2015) ‘Evidence of Things That Appear Not’? - A Critical Review of the Role of Arts and Culture in the Regeneration of Urban Places and Urban Communities. [Report]

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This review examines the propositions made regarding the role arts and culture may play in the regeneration of urban places and urban communities. It explores both the evidence available to support these propositions, and the methods employed to produce this evidence. This study builds upon previous analysis of this topic to understand the contemporary state of knowledge and practice in this area. It considers the relationship between the stated purposes of cultural interventions, and the conditions under which knowledge generation around such interventions take place. As such, it seeks to explain why particular methodological approaches are employed in given circumstances. The review focuses on practice in the UK, but also considers examples from further afield, including the European Capital of Culture programme. By way of an overview, the review provides a pair of typologies which have emerged from the evidence reviewed. Firstly, a typology of the ways in which interventions may seek to achieve ‘regenerative’ outcomes, and secondly a typology of methods employed for evaluating programmes, outlining the different data sources and approaches to analysis commonly employed. The review also considers how far such evaluations establish whether these regenerative outcomes have been achieved and identifies a number of shortfalls in this area. As such, a number of common challenges and contextual issues are identified to attempt to explain the quality of evidence currently available. Finally, the review considers what possibilities there are for improving the current state of knowledge production, and likely future directions in this area.

Item Type: Report
Additional Information: Date: 2015 (completed)
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 15:46
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 12:18
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2035440

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