ULI UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry Dobbin as chair of the Urban Art Forum.
Urban Art Forum (UAF) is a ULI UK initiative that brings together the cultural and creative industries with the property sector, to advocate creative placemaking as inherent social and economic value for all development.
The UAF membership is a diverse mix of professionals across arts, creative industries, architecture, design, planning and development. It works together with UK and Global ULI objectives to guide new solutions and share best practice for including culture in development as central to a place’s wellbeing.
Sherry Dobbin takes the reins from outgoing chair Hala El-Akl, who launched the initiative alongside ULI Global Trustee, Christopher Choa.
Sherry says: “We found that there was much synergy and shared ambition already existing between the built environment sector and the cultural and creative sectors and what is needed are ways to guide more ambitious ideas, better dialogue and resources between the sector and supported influence and tools to enable faster, cultural activities to take place. We are past the stage of trying to convince the appeal of arts & culture, and at the stage where we all need more evidence and assistance to effect authentic and distinctive places and opportunities. I am honoured to assist and expand this powerful group of experts to create change and broaden the distribution of Including Culture in Development and share the UK’s bets practice with the ULI global community.”
Sherry is Partner at Futurecity UK, a global placemaking and public art commissioning agency based in London where she consults for developers, cities, business improvement districts to establish permanent and programmatic cultural sustainability for place identity.
She has worked across all artforms for thirty-five years, led cultural organisations, and curated for public realm in four continents. She served as Director of Times Square Arts and Creative Director for Times Square Alliance from 2012-2016 and founded Midnight Moment, which is the world’s largest and longest running digital art exhibition, shown on the electronic billboards every night since 2012. She has print-published contributions for ULI-UK’s Including Culture in Development; (upcoming) Placemaking Handbook, Routledge Press; Improving Places; Greater London Authority; Selected 9 , LOOP Festival of Moving Image 2004 in Barcelona; Teatp No. 26, Moscow; The New Spacer, State Theatre of Moscow; Theatre journal for Yale University Press; What Urban Media Art Can Do, Public Art Lab, Berlin; and The Watermill Center, Daco Press.
In addition to the Urban Art Forum for the Urban Land Institute-UK; she is also a FRSA of the Royal Society of Arts; and sits on Board of Directors for organisations ranging from focus on architecture; cultural and gender diversity; moving image in public space, and performing arts in public and digital platforms.