IHBC Annual School - Belfast 2018
Our Shared Heritage - communication, negotiation, transformation
Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 June 2018
Photograph courtesy of Queen's University
Morning: Bill Drummond - Scottish artist, co-founder of avant-garde pop group The KLF, and art provocateur known for burning £1millon cash, whose 10 Commandments for Art include ‘Make art for everyone’ and ‘Stand on the outside looking further out’.
Afternoon: Jukka Jokilehto - Celebrated conservation architect, leader in international heritage policy advice and education, and author of the definitive ‘A History of Architectural Conservation’, exploring how heritage professionals can work more effectively with communities.
Scottish artist, co-founder of avant-garde pop group The KLF, and art provocateur known for burning £1millon cash, whose 10 Commandments for Art include ‘Make art for everyone’ and ‘Stand on the outside looking further out’.
THE CURFEW TOWER: STAY HERE – MAKE ART… AND SHARE HERITAGE
Bill Drummond introduces his work on shared art and heritage for the IHBC’s 2018 Belfast School
The one stipulation that Bill Drummond makes is that the artists [at The Curfew Tower] are to make work that in some way is a response to the tower and / or its surroundings, and of course the people of Cushendall…
The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim, was built in 1809 by the local landowner Francis Turnly. He built it in an attempt to quell the unruly nature of the local people. The building has five floors and feigns to look medieval, with battlement around the top.
It has a cell on the ground floor that those that were found idling or rioting in the community were thrown into. Dan McBride, a veteran of the Napoleonic wars, was given the job as the live-in constable, with strict instruction about locking up those local idlers and rioters.
The Curfew Tower is at the crossroads at the very heart of Cushendall.
Over the years has become the logo, mascot, emblem etc for Cushendall and its citizens.
In the mid 90s The Curfew Tower fell into the hands of a Bill Drummond.
Bill Drummond liked the idea of reviving the towers use as a place to confine people. But this time for creative reasons.
This is the official short biog’ for Bill Drummond:
Bill Drummond (1953) has used various media in his practice including actions, music and words. His actions too numerous to list, some more infamous than others; his music from the multi million selling KLF to the choral music of The17; the words have accumulated into a pile of books.
What this fails to mention is that at the age of six all Bill Drummond wanted to be when he grew up was an archeologist. To this end he collected flint arrowheads, pieces of broken Roman pottery and anything else he thought looked very old. In his early teens he started to go on archeological digs. For his A’ level History of Art he specialised in Medieval Architecture.
It also fails to mention, that the Drummond family had most of their summer holidays in the north of Ireland. Thus visits to the Bocan, Beltany and Beaghmore stone circles were a given.
After Bill Drummond name ended up on the title deeds of The Curfew Tower he decided it should become an artists’ residency.
For the past twenty years and more, artists of all persuasions and from all over the world have done residencies in The Curfew Tower. The one stipulation that Bill Drummond makes is that the artists are to make work that in some way is a response to the tower and / or its surroundings, and of course the people of Cushendall.
The talk that Bill Drummond will give at Riddell Hall will be about The Curfew Tower’s life as an artists’ residency and how various of those artists have responded to the tower and the surrounding community. And how the community has responded to the artists.
In these twenty odd years there has been major dramas, fights, romances and fires. But as yet The Curfew Tower is still standing.
The strap line that Drummond use for The Curfew Tower is Stay Here – Make Art.
Post Script: Zippy Kearney now has the job that Dan McBride once had.
Dr Deborah Mays IHBC, FRSA, FSA (Scot) is Head of Listing Advice at Historic England. She has worked across the sector to this post hoovering insights and experience, from Historic Scotland, where latterly Director, through Assistant Secretary at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, as Director of Berwickshire Housing Association and most recently as CEO of The Heritage Place consultancy. The promotion of the benefits of our historic environment and the protection of its interest are central to her goals. She is also a Honorary Lecturer at Strathclyde University and Visiting Fellow at UCS.
Subject area: Communication and inclusion in regulatory processes in England
Alison McCandlish is currently a PhD student in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS, having an academic background in Creative Media Practice, European Urban Conservation, Education and Town Planning. Her PhD concentrated on digital cultural asset mapping and creative ways of engaging communities with the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid. Alison runs an award winning freelance consultancy (Crenellated Arts) specialising in community engagement for arts and heritage projects and is a recognised Historic Environment Service Provider and a Chartered Town Planner.
Subject area: Communication and social media: Principles, strategies and tools
Quintin Oliver is Founder and Director of Stratagem NI, an innovative political consultancy working for public participation in N. Ireland’s peace process.
He is founder of its sister in Conflict Resolution, Stratagem International and also Chair of the Consultation Institute. Educated at St. Andrews University, he brings three decades' experience from the non-profit, public, and private sectors working with all levels of Government.
Based in Northern Ireland, he is an internationally acknowledged expert on community consultation and conflict resolution and brings these unique skills to effect for special requirements in Government and elsewhere. He worked for YES in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement Referendum and since then on referendums around the world (including Scotland in 1979 and 2014), Wales (1997 and 2011), Cyprus (2004 and 2016), Colombia (2016) and others.
In 2010 he was appointed special adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on N. Ireland matters and in 2012 by Carnegie UK Trust on Wellbeing.
He was honoured by Irish President Mary Robinson through personal selection to sit as her adviser on the Council of State of Ireland in 1991.
For The Consultation Institute he advises the European Commission, Aarhus Convention, the State Council of China and the World Bank.
He is special adviser to the Global Diplomatic Forum and was appointed Honorary Fellow at the University of Kent in Conflict Resolution in 2017.
He bought the Carnegie Oldpark Library in 2016, and is restoring it for transfer to the local community as a thriving social enterprise.
He tweets from @QuintinOliver @StratagemInt @CarnegieOldpark @TCIEngagement
Subject area: Communication and negotiation
Paul is the Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. Prior to HLF Paul worked at the National Trust in a number of posts including Acting Director for Northern Ireland. He has been involved in a variety of heritage, tourism and conservation projects, and has written, broadcast and lectured on heritage matters. Paul has a degree in Ancient History and Political Science from Queen's University, was a post-graduate student at Trinity College, Dublin, holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, and is currently working on a PhD on Commemoration in a Divided Society at the University of Ulster. He has written a chapter in a forthcoming publication from Routledge, ‘Heritage after Conflict’, looking at methodologies for dealing with difficult heritage.
Subject area: HLF’s role in difficult heritage.
Lejla is a conservation architect with more than fifteen years of postgraduate work experience in architectural conservation with a particular focus on cultural heritage sites and historic urban centers. Lejla worked and lead more than 20 conservation development programs, which include close to 100 small and large conservation interventions. The work conducted relates and to World Heritage Sites, such as conservation of Old Bazaar in Mostar (BiH 2003-2006); condition assessments of both Berat and Gjirokastra; conservation of individual monuments of 1st and 2nd category (Hamam, Residential dwellings; churches, Albania 2009-ongoing); conservation of vernacular wine cellar complex in Rogljevo (tentative candidate, Serbia 2006 – ongoing); conservation of Fortification Walls of Kotor Fortress (Montenegro 2005-2007).
Extensive experience in stakeholder engagement/conservation training including developing and leading on educational platforms for craftsperson’s (Skills for Employability of Tomorrow 2014-ongoing) and young professionals in preservation of cultural heritage (Regional Restoration Camps 2007-ongoing). Lejla is currently heading Cultural Heritage without Borders - Albania.
Jukka Jokilehto is a Finnish architect and urban planner. A graduate of Helsinki Polytechnic University in 1966, he joined ICCROM in 1972 as professor and coordinator of the programme in architectural and urban conservation. After specialist studies at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of York in the United Kingdom in 1986. Deputy Director-General of ICCROM from 1995 until his retirement in 1998, he worked then for ICOMOS from 2000 to 2006 as an evaluator and presenter of World Heritage nominations. In recent years he has been involved in the development of conservation plans and management plans, such as the one in Bam, Iran, and has advised many countries (China, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Norway, etc.) in their preparation of World Heritage nominations. He is also an honorary professor at the University of York and special advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM.
Jukka Jokilehto's involvement in World Heritage dates back to the 1980s. From 1988 to 1997, he attended all the meetings of the World Heritage Committee as an ICCROM representative, and from 2000 to 2006 as an evaluator for ICOMOS. As an expert on authenticity, the notion of outstanding universal value and the management of cultural sites, he participated in numerous expert meetings on World Heritage, including the Nara meeting in 1994. Recipient of the ICCROM Award in 2000, he published Management Guidelines for World Cultural Heritage Sites (ICCROM, 1993) with Bernard Feilden, A History of Architectural Conservation (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999) and ICCROM and the Conservation of Cultural Heritage: A History of the Organization’s first 50 Years, 1959-2009 (ICCROM, 2011). Nicholas Stanley-Price and Joseph King edited a volume on Conserving the Authentic: Essays in honour of Jukka Jokilehto (ICCROM, 2009).
Ian Doyle is Head of Conservation with the Heritage Council, a statutory agency set up to propose policy for Ireland’s heritage. He works on issues such as archaeological legislation, EU projects, research strategies, strategic planning, landscapes and historic towns. In 2015 he founded the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument scheme as a key part of the development of community archaeology in Ireland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Irish Management Institute.
Subject area: Heritage-led transformation: local people and a global brand
Titanic Hotel Belfast: situated in the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters building and Drawing offices, the hotel opened in September 2017 following a four year development and restoration plan. The original high arched Drawing Offices where iconic ships such as RMS Titanic & Olympic were designed have been beautifully and sensitively restored. The Hotel has 119 rooms, and unique heritage spaces for events, including the original Telephone Exchange and former Boardroom for the building.
A new addition to the Titanic Quarter waterfront location is the Great Light, one of the largest lighthouse optics in the world, formerly serving the Lighthouse on Mew Island off the coast of Donaghadee. The rotating optic is displayed in a landmark curved glass structure in its new location on the Titanic Walkway, 500 metres of maritime walkway will connect the Titanic and Olympic Slipways and the Alexandra Dock, linking Titanic Belfast, HMS Caroline and the Thompson Dock.
HMS Caroline is a World War 1 Light Battle Cruiser that has been converted into a visitor attraction with a mixture of historic restoration, special effects and hands-on interactive exhibits.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, built at the top of the Titanic and Olympic Slipways from where RMS Titanic was launched over a hundred years ago, and was named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the World Travel Awards 2016.
The Great Light, Courtesy Titanic Foundation
Rita was appointed as Northern Ireland Support Officer for the Architectural Heritage Fund in March 2017. The role involves managing a two year ‘Growing Community Enterprise through Heritage’ project, funded by the Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division and the Pilgrim Trust. Its focus is on helping communities secure sustainable uses for buildings at risk, in areas of identified need.
Prior to that, Rita worked as a built heritage adviser, when she initiated and managed the Red Brick Belfast project on behalf of the Community Arts Partnership, in partnership with the south Belfast based Greater Village Regeneration Trust.
From 2000 to 2013 Rita worked with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, where she led on planning casework and campaigns, and developed education and traditional building skills programmes. She was previously employed as Heritage Officer in Belfast City Council; researcher with Rachel Bevan Architects; and NI Development Officer for the Ecology Building Society.
Rita currently serves on the board of Hearth Historic Buildings Trust, Northern Ireland’s first building preservation trust, and the Irish Landmark Trust, which saves and restores historic buildings to provide distinctive holiday accommodation across the island of Ireland. She and her husband followed ILT’s example and restored a thatched cottage for holiday rental in west Donegal.
She has an MA in Town Planning from Edinburgh College of Art and a Royal Society of Ulster Architects’ Diploma in Historic Building Conservation. Rita was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study best practice in universal access to historic buildings in Scandinavia and the United States.
Subject area: Red Brick Belfast: Community and culture in place TBC
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