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Conversations in Creativity: A Woman’s Place

Through our panel we examine perspectives of inspirational women in placemaking. In association with Urban Room Blackburn.

Time & Date: 6-8pm, Thursday 14th July

Conversations in Creativity: A Woman’s Place

Perspectives of inspirational women in placemaking in association with Urban Room Blackburn

Haley Walsh - Artist

Rachel Anderson - Idle Women
Cis O'Boyle - Idle Women
Kate Stewart - We Make Places

Following the loss of world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, we are inspired to increase awareness of women working in placemaking, architecture and the urban environment. Hadid’s buildings have been commissioned around the world and as she was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal we have experienced an increased awareness of the woman’s role in place-making, architecture and urbanism.

This male dominated sector can sometimes overlook the woman, our conversation will consider a range of roles women are championing in place-based context. Transferring local actions to a larger arena, women like Martha Schwartz (artist and landscape architect) and the late Jane Jacobs (urban planner), and Suzanne Lacy (artist and social activist) who is now working locally in Pendle, the female place-enabler is worth a conversation.

We would like to invite you to a conversation with some leading women working local to Lancashire, including artist duo Idle Women, artist Hayley Welsh and ceative consultant Kate Stewart.

idle women (on the water) is a touring arts centre, which navigates the canals and waterways. Constantly cruising the project reaches women in countryside, towns and cities. Hosting a series of artists-in-residence, workshops & events it provides both visiting arts venue and arts resource centre for women.

Hayley Welsh is lead artist and curator for Blackburn Open Walls, a self-initiated street art exhibition supported by Blackburn is Open. Blackburn-born Hayley is based in Perth, Australia and has participated in international street art festivals.

Kate Stewart is a creative business practitioner with a wealth of experience in the design & education sectors. Kate is also well known as a Crowdfunding expert and regeneration consultant, supporting projects creating public spaces, buildings & events. As Development Director for We Make Places (the CIC formed by Friends of the Flyover) she is leading the development of their creative programmes.

This event is part of the wider Urban Room Blackburn programme, a month long celebration of art, architecture and public space with a focus on urban culture, experimentation and innovative practices to inspire new ways of thinking about the town centre. The idea came from a specially commissioned report, The Farrell Review, which outlines ways to engage local people and schools in their towns and neighbourhoods.

Tickets & more information

Tickets for the event are £4 (£3 concessions) and available via the Skiddle Event page.

Idle Women image by Jill Jennings


Blackburn Museum And Art Gallery in Blackburn
Black Cube Gallery, 65 King William Street,