Re-imagining Place

Project Date: 18th June, 2015 –

New perspectives on the role of creative practice, public art and place making projects on regional culture, economy and policy.

This was a major place-making symposium presenting current thinking and new perspectives around the value and role of imaginative place making projects to stimulate belonging, community engagement and stewardship. 65 attendees – including artists, community organisations, planners and politicians – came together at The Haining in Selkirk.

The event  was an opportunity to listen to, discuss with, and help shape future frameworks for innovative community engagement with some of the leading thinkers, makers and developers working in arts within a public context.

Key Note Speakers:

Matt Baker, Public Artist/The Stove Network

Jan Hogarth, Creative Director, Environment, Wide Open (joined by Keith Muir from the Forestry Commission)

Jonty Tarbuck, Deputy Director, Locus +

Claire  Pençak  Artistic Director, Tabula Rasa Collaborations (joined by Pip Tabor, Project Manager, Southern Uplands Partnership)


During the day, musicians Wounded Knee and Kirsty Law performed at various locations in the house and grounds of the Haining, responding to the site.


For full profiles of all contributors and further information, download the event pdf.

This CABN event was developed by CABN Advocates Claire Pençak and Neville Rae.

About the venue: The event took place at The Haining, Selkirk, which is in an exciting period of development as a venue for contemporary arts and culture. After the death of the owner Andrew Nimmo-Smith in 2009, the Haining, including 60 acres, was left “for the benefit of the community of Selkirkshire and the wider public”, and is now managed by the Haining Trust.

©Kevin Greenfield Photography