How can we reverse the fortune of the abandoned industrial centre? Wayne Hemingway on the value of creativity:
To some it might seem misguided to use creativity as a tool for social change. But when we really think hard about the history and current challenges of these post-industrial places, it’s absolutely the right approach. Each [Creative People and Places] project is taking what’s at the very core of a place – creativity and making – and is bringing together local people and artists to create art experiences that are relevant and connected to their lives and the places where they live. And it’s these art experiences – and the process of coming together to create and shape them – that are helping to redefine the identities of these places, create opportunities and make genuine social changes.