The Creative Policies for Creative Cities project is delivered by a pan European consortium of leaders from academia, cultural organisations, municipalities, and social foundations; providing a high level range of expertise and skills in culture and arts research, programming and practice.

The grouping undertook an experimental and innovative applied research pilot project to address three specific localised scenarios that have application across the EU area; the pilot projects responded to the following research questions ‘How may artist-led policies and practices engage a culturally diverse public in the regeneration of our civic space? How may creative design and inclusive engagement inform and influence culture-led regeneration?  ‘What are the challenges for re-orienting and adapting the public policies of cultural, educational and social institutions to promote intercultural dialogue?

These questions were the focus of experimental interventions held across the three sites of the grouping; Dún Laoghaire, Ireland; Newcastle, UK; and Cuenca, ES. The particular outputs translate to a suite of models that can inform policy addressing ‘Artist-led Policies & Programming’; ‘Creative Design & Inclusive Engagement’ and ‘Towards an Intercultural Creative Community’.

The delivery of best practice exchanges, discussion seminars, technical assistance projects, and showcasing events underpinned these investigations and highlight current intelligence while investigating and exploring models for future development. The cross disciplinary focus of these discussions and the cross–sectoral participation at these events have provided for a unique alliance between the academy, cultural organisations, the local authorities, urban planners, the business sector and artists and cultural programmers.

Partners Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art,  Design & Technology, IE, Creativity, Culture and Education, UK, Simetrías Fundación Internacional, ES. Associated partners: Intercultural Arts UK; Diputación de Cuenca; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Newcastle City Council.

Labs & Deliverables

In the course of the project timeline of one year, and functioning across three municipalities, the grouping has actioned the initiatives below with publication and media data available at the following links:


1.  The implementation of experimental and innovative public engagement projects;

1.1      ‘Intercultural Arts & Dialogues with the City’, community consultation project [April, 2010, Newcastle]

1.2     ‘Create Toledo’, youth engagement project [October, 2009, Toledo]

1.3      DL5-8, Public Art Project [May 20th- June 17th 2010, Dun Laoghaire]


2.  The delivery of localised scoping documents;

2.1      Mee, A (2011) Public Space Mapping of Dún Laoghaire; ‘Culture-led Regeneration: Creative Design & Inclusive Development 

2.2      Ó Fiongháile, N (2011) DL5-8 A Public Culture & Policy Model.

2.3      Cuenca: Towards an Intercultural Community

2.4      Irving, A (2010) 'The Engagement of Marginalised and Disadvantaged Groups in Culture-Led Urban Regeneration'


3.  The delivery of high-level, international conferences and seminar events;

3.1     ‘Arts Research; Publics & Purposes’, [15-19/2/2010, Dublin]

Seminars hosted on 'Artistic & Academic Processes in Traditional & Improvised Musics';

'Graduate Music Programmes: Interfacing Artistic Work & Research';

'Musicians and Publics: Contested Roles';

'Cultural Action, Public Space and Policy Change.

A Public Launch of the  ‘Creative Policies for Creative Cities’ Project at Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown Council Chambers, Dún Laoghaire;

A Public Performance, featuring Drazen Derek (Guitar), Kristina Ilmonen (Flutes) with Anna-Kaisa Liedes (Vocals) & Timo Väänänen (Cantle), Susanne Rosenberg (Vocals)  Sean Óg Mac Erlaine (Sax), Martin Tourish (Accordion) Brían Ó hUigin (pipes) Lorcán Mac Mahúna ( Vocals) Alexis Nealon (Sound).

3.2     ‘Cultural-led Regeneration: Inclusive Design & Creative Engagement, [11/5/2010, Newcastle].

3.3      ‘Creative Policies in Practice’, [17/6/2010, Dún Laoghaire]

3.4      ‘Intercultural Society and Creative Policy’, [1/7/2010, Cuenca]


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The Creative Policies for Creative Cities Network formed in 2009-2011 and is actively engaged with the local authorities of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council (IE), Newcastle City Council (UK) and the Diputación de Cuenca (ES). The team includes Paul Collard, Director of Creativity, Culture and Education; Oscar Watson, Director of Intercultural Arts; David Faulkner, Deputy Director of Newcastle City Council; Angeles Diaz Vieco, Director of Simetrías Fundación Internacional; Juan Avila. President of the County Council of Cuenca; Jim Devine, President of the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Richard Shakespeare, Director of Department of Environment, Culture and Community, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; and coordinated by Nollaig Ó Fiongháile, Development Manager of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM). We would like to thank our many generous colleagues for their participation, support and encouragement too numerous to mention, but gratefully acknowledged. We would like to express especial gratitude to colleagues from the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in realising this research project and our activities within the wider Creative Policies for Creative Cities Network.

GradCAM is funded through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle IV. This project has been realized with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. This communication and associated events reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.