ULI UK Urban Art Forum: Including Culture in Development


Wednesday 23 October 2019
8:00am - 10:30am BST


ULI Members:          £10
Non- Members:        £50
We are pleased to offer a discounted rate for artists, cultural institution and public sector. Please contact uk@uli.org for more details.
Please join us to be the first to hear about the ULI UK Urban Art Forum "Including Culture in Development – A Step by Step Guide".

The release of the guide will take place at a breakfast briefing at London City Hall, 8.15 - 10.30 am on Wednesday 23 October 2019.  
The ULI UK Urban Art Forum is announcing the publication of a new guide set to help improve the creation and integration of quality public art and cultural infrastructure within development. The publication outlines six steps that can be taken to achieve high quality results and includes real-life examples and interviews.

This event, and guide, is relevant to local authorities, developers, local community, creative industries, artists/institutions, design professionals, communication and branding experts and cultural strategists. Hear from our authors and expert panel, who will outline the key messages of the guide and discuss challenges and opportunities.  
Our aspiration is to encourage collaboration by providing a clear route through the earliest stages of a development; ensuring the right people are around the table, and are able to have a more informed, productive dialogue on their priorities, vision and opportunities.

Support for the guide comes from PLP Architecture, Futurecity, Sound Diplomacy, Launch Pad, Contemporary Art Society, Ed Watson & Associates, and more.  

8:00am     Registration (*)

8:45am     Opening Remarks
                  - Hala El Akl, ULI UK Urban Art Forum Chair and Director, PLP Architecture

9:00am     Keynote Speaker
                  - Fatoş Üstek, director of the Liverpool Biennial

9:20am     Panel discussion
                  - Fatoş Üstek, director of the Liverpool Biennial
                  - Rachael Roe,  Senior Policy Officer, Culture and Creative Industries, GLA
                  - Sherry Dobbin, Managing & Cultural Director, Futurecity
                  - Simon Silver, Co-founder and Director, Derwent London Plc
10:00am   Networking

10:30am   Event Close
Full list of speakers and panellists will be revealed shortly.
*please allow extra time to access the building due to security measures. 
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  • Registration may be transferred to another member of your organisation if requested by 12.00am the day before the event; a £5 transfer fee will be charged.
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Hala El Akl

Director, PLP Architecture

Hala El Akl, Director at PLP Architecture, is the Chair of the Young Leader’s Group for Urban Land Institute (ULI) Europe and the Chair of the Urban Art Forum for ULI UK. Hala also has over ten years’ experience in architectural and urbanism work in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is a founding director of PLP Labs the technological and innovation group at PLP.


Simon Silver

Derwent London Plc

Simon Silver is the creative force behind the successful property investor Derwent London plc. At June 2019 the portfolio comprised 5.7 million sq ft and was valued at £5.4 billion. Simon’s role focuses mainly on Derwent’s projects which have all been concentrated in urban areas of central London. Under his direction, the company has commissioned a wide variety of contemporary architects resulting in a series of innovative and interesting schemes. Due to its strong architectural patronage, Derwent London has become well known in the industry for its strong design-led philosophy and has won numerous awards. Flagship buildings in the company’s portfolio include Tea Building, Angel Building, White Collar Factory and Brunel Building. Projects on site this year include 80 Charlotte Street, Soho Place and The Featherstone Building. Simon is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Sherry Dobbin

Partner , Futurecity

Sherry is Managing & Cultural Director at Futruecity where she sets the delivery structure and cultural alignment of the portfolio. Her project work focuses upon cultural infrastructure, programmatic development, public-private partnerships, establishing models for arts delivery, and the role arts and digital media in the public realm. She was Founder and Director of Times Square Arts; Director of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center; Director of GreenHeart Partnership and has produced across four continents in all art forms.


Rachael Roe

Greater London Authority

Rachael Roe is a Senior Policy Officer in the Culture and Creative Industries unit at the GLA. With a passion for placemaking, planning and data, she delivers a range of research and programmes which aim to secure and expand London’s cultural places and spaces. Rachael has spent 13 years developing and delivering cultural policy across London. Most recently she led on the delivery of the Mayor’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan and Cultural Infrastructure Map.


Fatoş Üstek

Director, Liverpool Biennial

Fatoş Üstek (b.1980, Ankara, Turkey) is director of Liverpool Biennial, jury member for Turner Prize 2020, external member of acquisitions committee for Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). She is recipient of curatorial fellowship at Tornabuoni Art,London 2018, curator of Do Ho Suh’s largest commission in the UK (2018-2020), co-commissioned by Art Night and Sculpture in the City. She formerly acted as director and chief curator of DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), curator of miart Talks 2018, Milano; Art Night 2017, East London; and fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, 2015, ICA Studio, London. Üstek is contributing editor to Extra Extra, chief-juror for the Celeste Prize 2017. She is founding member of Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); Art Nights Trustee, member of AICA UK, and ICI Alumni. She curates, lectures and publishes internationally, recently at Sotheby’s, Goldmisths College, RCA and in art magazines such as Mousse, L’Officiel and Camera Austria. More on:http://www.fatosustek.com/profile