1st Edition

Cultural Spaces, Production and Consumption

By Graeme Evans Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the concept of cultural spaces, their production and how they are experienced by different users. It explores this concept and practice from formal and informal arts and heritage sites, festivals and cultural quarters - to the production of digital, fashion and street art, and social engagement through cultural mapping and site-based artist collaborations with local communities.

    It offers a unique take on the relationship between cultural production and consumption through an eclectic range of cultural space types, featuring examples and case studies across cultural venues, events and festivals, and cultural heritage – and their usage. Cultural production is also considered in terms of the transformation of cultural and digital-creative quarters and their convergence as visitor destinations in city fringe areas, to fashion spaces, manifested through museumification and fashion districts. The approach taken is highly empirical supported by a wide range of visual illustrations and data, underpinned by key concepts, notably the social production of space, cultural rights and everyday culture, which are both tested and validated through the original research presented throughout.

    The book will appeal to students and researchers in human geography, arts and museum management, cultural policy, cultural studies, architecture and town planning. It will also be useful for policymakers and practitioners from local and city government, government cultural agencies and departments, architects and town planners, cultural venues, arts centres, museums, heritage sites, and artistic directors/programmers.

    1.     Introduction

    2.     A Place for the Arts

    3.     Events and Festivals

    4.     Cultural Heritage

    5.     Cultural and Creative Quarters

    6.     Digital Cultural Space

    7.     Fashion Spaces

    8.     Graffiti and Street Art

    9.     Socially Engaged Practice and Cultural Mapping


    Graeme Evans is Emeritus Professor of Creative and Cultural Economy at the University of the Arts London. He served as founding director and professor at the Cities Institute, London, and the Centre for Urban & Euregional Studies, Maastricht University, and held the posts of Professor of Design Cultures and the director of the Art & Design Research Institute, Middlesex University, and Professor of Design at Brunel University. Key publications include Cultural Planning: An Urban Renaissance? (Routledge), Designing Sustainable Cities and Mega-Events: Placemaking, Regeneration and City Regional Development (Routledge), and over a hundred chapters in edited books and journal articles. He has undertaken numerous grant-funded research projects for UK research councils, the European Commission and commissioned research studies on cultural policy for the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England, Historic England, HM Treasury, Council of Europe, UNESCO and the OECD; regional development agencies, including Creative London, Toronto Metro and Limburg Province, the Netherlands; and international cultural development agencies in South Korea, China, Canada and Sweden. Prior to academe, he was a musician, co-director of an arts centre in North London and director of the London Association of Arts Centres.