Critical perspectives on creative cities through cultural industries research and human geography


Silvie Jacobi

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Arts and culture - once minor concerns for urban development compared with crime, education and transportation - now provide a new grammar for an older urbanity. While artists are thought to contribute to urban economic vitality through their practice and its mode of production, policy makers explore the spillover of artist's activities into regeneration and the creative industries. It is those activities and practices that are often under-researched and merely serve an instrumental focus. Yet they could be the source for a more sustainable approach to cultural development.  My research has a particular interest in studying how artistic and cultural activity concentrates in specific cities.


Selected projects

Painting and the Regional , Literature review for Manchester School of Art MMU (2016)

Art Schools and their role in developing art scenes, PhD Research at King's College London with Humboldt University Berlin (2015 – )

Development of a small independent art school, London School of Mosaic with Southbank Mosaics CIC (2015 – )

Kultur | Standort.Bestimmung conference,  Leipzig + Kultur e.V.  (2015)

"Beyond the Campus" research initiative, King's College London with Dr. Roberta Comunian (2014)

Leipzig's visual artists as actors of urban change, MSc Thesis at King's College London (2013 – 2014)


Image: Tate Modern London under construction by metrocentric