CRAVEN SUSTAINABLE ART & DESIGN STRATEGY WORKSHOP FOR INTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS 9 February 2010, 14:00 – 16:00, Skipton Town Hall

Aims of the session: 1. Gather ideas and advice from stakeholders to guide our work 2. Explore the meaning of ‘public art’ and ‘sustainability’ in the context of Craven 3. Help make the strategy particular to the nature & needs of Craven 4. Help to make the strategy innovative, effective and practical Facilitators/ documenting: Robert Powell, Beam, Ian Banks, Atoll, Fran Smith, Beam In attendance: Andrew Laycock, Project Delivery Officer, Economic Development Becki Tighe, Climate Change Officer, Craven LSP Catherine Johnson, Arts & Exhibitions Officer, Cultural Services Chris Craven, Highways, North Yorkshire County Council Craig Wilson, Carbon Reduction Officer, Stronger Communities David Smurthwaite, Strategic Manager for Planning and Regeneration Hazel Smith, Project Manager, Projects and Asset Management Jonathan Kerr, Strategic Manager, Projects and Asset Management Mark Wilson, Property Manager, Property Management Mark Moore, Principal Planning Officer (Development Control Team), Planning Rebecca Steel, Performance Management Officer, Stronger Communities Roy Banks, Planning Assistant (Planning Policy Team), Planning Services

Participants brought with them an image or object representing an aspect or quality that they like about Craven --- its towns and villages, streets, neighbourhoods, and countryside. What I like about Craven… • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Skipton Castle Fly fishing Craven local people – characteristics- never know what to expect Open spaces and hills Ripe for conversion – green Fossilised limestone – grit stone – scenery- durability – timelessness Excitement of Skipton market – the hustle and bustle – heritage Fresh water – rivers and canals linking the communities & district – opportunity! Yorkshire stone – defining – hue, texture, colour, dry stone walls Crossing point – junctions – meeting places – connections are the waterways, roads and ancient routes. A frontier place influenced by the places that surround. Connected and yet remote Local produce – locally sourced food – self-sufficient Traditional look and feel of the rural communities – uniqueness and individuality Mushroom rock – unique changing environment – landscape carved out by glaciers A particular view from the Dales Way – hidden gems that no one knows about – not on the tourist trail Skipton Woods – rough around the edges – real – not manicured. Route to the woods is nice through town or along canal. Provides contrast with the open spaces Print from the museum – provides an early view of the town, mix of the hills, buildings, castle – wide open spaces and local heritage – a rural view.

Key words: Hustle/ bustle Tradition Longevity Durability Water Stone Junctions/ Meetings/ Cusp Food ConnectedUnconnected Glacier Hidden gems Woods

What makes a good ‘place’? As a group: Imagine you’re walking in Skipton / Grassington / Settle / Ingleton / Bentham and it is just as you would like it to be. • • • • • • • • • No cars Local grocery shop / nice pubs Vistas and views - being able to see the hills from the High Street Tasteful shop fronts Stone buildings – clean Green and trees within the streetscape Space for pedestrians Surprises – the unexpected Walking routes – vistas revealed as you turn the corner 2

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Attractive ginnels – architectural interest Good graffiti – Banksy! Unique shops Multi-sensory – sounds – wind in the trees, canal boats – smell of the smoke from their wood burners Lots of options Feel safe and breathe fresh air People – youth and vibrancy – people walking quicker…Vitality Variety Bustling- relaxed / passive and active Places to sit back and contemplate/ reflect Good places to eat and drink – a mix of attractions Professional street performance if you want to find it… Something to attract young people to the district (18-40 – a gap) Quality education

What is ‘Sustainability’ in the context of this Strategy? • • The community accepting and loving what is developed – people want to return Example of an unsustainable place – Cross Hills – second largest settlement in Craven – a linear place – a large road runs through it – narrow pavements with changing levels. Shops – dirty and unimaginative, Needs loving – a dormitory village. No community spirit Mission – to create places that people love and identify with… Culture as a fundamental human right – people focus – an important element of sustainability. Small things are to be celebrated

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Art & design in the public realm - what it should be like/ what it shouldn’t be like Should be like… • • • • • • • Does it need a purpose? Educational/ interactive/ community engagement - subjective idea of beauty and aesthetics Artist designed street furniture / street lighting versus a piece of art. Design comes into the street scene Unobtrusive – should it be? or is it about context? i.e. Liverpool’s super-lamb-banana fitted with the quirky Liverpuddlian sense of humour. Context, character, relates to the area (through materials or sensitivities) + quality Statement pieces and integrated pieces – room for both Adds something, you like the place even more than you did before Should be introduced carefully

Shouldn’t be like… • • Fred Trueman! (sculpture to be sited by the canal) – shouldn’t be imposed on the community. Needs to be community led and accepted by the community (but sometimes hard to get people to make the mental leap) i.e. iconic statues were originally hated – Gormley – Angel of the North etc. 3

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Offensiveness is subjective Permanent public art can generate massive reaction Appropriate use of materials Art that is imposed, impractical and not fit for purpose

Discussion around improving Cross Hills… • Currently it is... tacky/ dangerous/ imposed/ impractical/ disconnected/ undesirable/ dirty/ confusing • • • • • • • It needs to become a place with an identity that serves local residents - niche Involve the school? – as a resource Make the street more attractive – less traffic Expand through/ behind Decrease isolation Creating an identity – locals – sense of community – reduce fragmentation Spending – (independent) retail encouraged

Describe in 30 words or less what you believe Craven’s spaces / pubic realm should be in terms of art & design, overall ‘feel’, quality, and function Contrasting People-focused High quality Surprising Innovative Thoughtful Challenging Appropriate Unique Locally distinctive Interactive Variety of types Something that helps you explore Permanent and temporary Cross – disciplinary i.e. arts and health – transport etc. Thought provoking Appropriate materials/ sustainable Community involvement Celebration of place – joyous! Inclusive Practical/ impractical Ambitious Links to natural surroundings (maybe)

We believe that sustainable art and design in craven should be people friendly, low energy, vibrant, stimulating, functional, durable, beautiful, modern but appropriate Towards The Strategy - What makes a good Strategy (in general)? What should be in this Strategy --- key points? Key ideas / what to avoid/ what linkages (other strategies / policies)/ what sort of language?/ How communicated and promoted - within Council? / outside the Council? • • • • • • • • • Cross – disciplinary – binds skills together Influential Deliverable/ practical - ££ Measureable – more of an action plan so effectiveness can be easily evaluated Something wacky! Gives parameters but doesn’t dictate – not top down Made by many – public participation Useable/ visual – for the public/ for professionals/ for partners Graphically illustrated processes in the strategy – i.e. flow diagrams for ease of use – 4

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what are the steps? Simple and clear Enabling - leadership Ambitious – phased Balanced – manage expectations For the people of Craven – not just the local authority Integrated/ connected Encourages partnerships Small and large steps (both simple and ambitious) Mapping the process and possibilities Pragmatic about resources Not dense – brief, concise Written in clear language – not just planning language – so can be understood by all Provides parameters but doesn’t dictate – flexible Involves the right people at the right stage of the process How to animate a place – getting locals and visitors to go to places they would not normally visit

Final thoughts… • • • Donated art – what to do? Build on current festivals Identify the gaps

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