The Creative Centres Summit will explore the changing nature of town centres and high streets and the role of creatives (individuals and organisations) in creating great places in this dynamic environment.

Keynote Speaker:
Bill Grimsey

Case Studies:
To be announced...

- To explore some of the issues facing town centres and high streets today
and the ways that creative approaches can offer radical and innovative solutions to place making initiatives
- To share practical case-study experiences for inspiration
- To inform decision makers (civic leaders and private business owners) of the beneficial role creatives can play in creating great places, and how creative approaches can make the most of a town's potential, working with local communities to attract diverse visitors and serve the year-round economy

This event is a follow up to the Creative Workspace Summit which took place in April 2018, and will be of interest to:
Architects, city and town planners, SMEs, councillors, planners, policy decision-makers, economists, business owners, estate agents, artists, creatives, students, budding entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in creating vibrant and dynamic town centres and high streets.


Keynote Speech by Bill Grimsey
Setting the scene - how and why the high street has changed so dramatically and rapidly as well as predictions for more changes to come.

Bill Grimsey worked his way up from a butcher's boy in a local department store to being head of Iceland food stores and has earned a well-founded reputation as a turnaround specialist. He recently wrote the Grimsey Review, highlighting that radical transformation is required if our high streets are to have any chance of survival.

How creative organisations and individuals have been working in the spaces created in town centres and high streets, with propositions for how communities can contribute to the vitality of their locations and attract people back to the centres.

Participatory City (Barking and Dagenham)
Nat Defriend, Development Director, will introduce some of the work Participatory City does, and how their Every One Every Day initiative provides opportunities for local residents to work together on projects in empty high street spaces.

+CityxChange (Trondheim, Limerick, Sestao, Alba Iulia, Pisek, Võru, Smolyan)
Rosie Webb, Senior Architect at Limerick City and County Council, will introduce +CityxChange (Positive City ExChange), a smart city project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme that explores the co-creation of the future we want to live in, using digital technologies. (for further information on CityEngage and Town Engage Processes)

Neighbourhoods That Work (Great Yarmouth)

Create (London)
Director Hadrian Garrard will share how Create helps artists to connect more closely with communities, and have delivered several long-term creative projects that contribute to improvements in neighbourhoods and champion communities and artists to be part of the changing nature of the city. He will also introduce A House For Artists - a project that launches in May.

They Eat Culture (Preston)
Creative Director, Ruth Heritage, will talk about They Eat Culture's programming, commissioning, and production work, and running culturally engaging, in-deep projects co-designed with communities, particularly in relation to the People's Production Lab.
The Waiting Room and Colchester Maker Space (Colchester)
Marc De'ath, co-founder of The Waiting Room and Colchester Maker Space and Cultural Partnerships Coordinator at Chelmsford Borough Council, will talk about creating community projects and how they can develop sustainably.

Library of Things (London)

Tickets include lunch provided by La Mexicana, and an evening viewing of an exhibition of work by painters from Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

*A limited number of free tickets will be awarded to students, budding creative entrepreneurs, and local residents, who are invited to submit a 200 word application outlining their current activity, what they would like to get out of the event and how they might contribute to the evolving work.
Submission via email to
Deadline Friday 26 April.

The Creative Workspace Summit is hosted by originalprojects; and is part of Making Waves Together, a wider partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council and funded by the national Great Place Scheme, which is seeing communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns.

Making Waves Together has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players.

Tickets here:

Natalie Pace