Conference speakers announced

We’re pleased to report that our main speakers have confirmed their attendance. Charles Landry, an authority on urban futures and the use of creative approaches to enable cities achieve farsighted aims, will be joined by Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council and Professor Paul Harris, Head of Gray’s School of Art.

Valerie will be describing her experiences in Northern Ireland with Londonderry’s bid to become European Capital of Culture and the impact this had on the arts there, whilst Paul will talk about bringing the V&A to Dundee.

Of course, whilst the speakers are important, the vital element will be the delegate participation in the two workshop sessions and we’ll have more details of these – and the subjects to be discussed – in the new year.

Some people have been asking us what time the conference starts and finishes. The answer is 9.15 for coffee and registration for a 10.00 a.m. start and close of business at 5.00 p.m. although there will then be an hour’s social and a glass of wine for those that want to network. We’ll bring you further news about the conference nearer the time, but in the meantime, could you please complete a short survey, regardless of whether you intend to come to the conference or otherwise?

The survey can be found at You should choose whether to answer as an individualor on behalf of an organisation (NOT both please!). The survey results will help us plan exactly how the conference runs so if you could please please please complete the survey by the end of the year, that would be very helpful. Thanks in anticipation of your co-operation!


Finally, if you haven’t signed up for the conference, the e-mail address again is This is a conference not to be missed! An opportunity for your voice to be heard in driving the future of the arts and culture in Aberdeen.

3 thoughts on “Conference speakers announced

  1. Professor Iain Richardson says:

    Why have speakers been chosen who are closely associated with the City Garden Project? Does this not run the risk of seriously biasing the discussion? Can you assure me that this “conference” is not a thinly-disguised public relations exercise on behalf of the City Garden Project?

    • Iain,

      Apologies for the tardy reply but yes, we can assure you that this isn’t a disguised PR exercise. In fact the facilitators for the workshop sessions have been specifically briefed to keep the discussions much broader than the City Garden Project and indeed to shut off things it if appears to be going off down that route.


      Neil Jones
      Conference Project Manager

  2. […] “Valerie will be describing her experiences in Northern Ireland with Londonderry’s bid to become European Capital of Culture and the impact this had on the arts there, whilst Paul will talk about bringing the V&A to Dundee.” […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: