Published: 7th Oct 2009

I spent the end of last week at a conference at Butlin’s in Skegness which, as an academic interested in tourism and regeneration, seemed to me to be the perfect conference destination, despite the jibes of colleagues used to having to make the case for their attendance at conferences in sunnier and more glamorous climes. The conference was the UK leg of what the organisers assured us was ‘not a travelling circus, even if it might feel like one sometimes’. The SEAS project is a trans-European cultural initiative to foster international collaborations between artists; creating works in coastal towns and cities surrounding the Black and North seas since 2002. This conference, called ‘Seascape’ was showpiece for the SEAS approach and also aimed to be a forum for exploring ‘culture as a regenerative force for coastal communities. Seaside towns contain some of the most deprived urban areas in the UK. Across … (To read the full article, subscribe below)