Following on from my posts about the conserving cemeteries conference (I now live opposite one, so it’s kind of personal) and Sutton Park (I grew up romping in it, so that’s kind of personal too), comes news that BCTV are organising a one-day conference Urban Parks: Developing Education & Community Use, on 4th March 08 in Birmingham. Details from: ETN@btcv.org.uk

“Many of Britain’s urban parks no longer meet the needs of the current generation and/or have suffered from years of under-investment […] This event will review recent research on the state of urban parks including perceptions and use by the public. It will also include case studies of successful projects to enhance parks […] and will look at potential sources of funding. It is aimed at park managers and rangers, project officers working on parks projects, community and education workers.”

And artists may also be interested. Sadly it’s a whopping £105-£160 to attend, but your organisation may pay the costs?

Other paid-for events — more closely related to Birmingham city-centre public art — are being held by Birmingham’s Ixia:— a Public Art Evaluation Toolkit Workshop on the 1st July 08, and Public Art and the Planning Process Workshop on 27th January 09. Both Ixia events are at the CBSO in Birmingham, for £185 and £155 respectively (some discounted places) — and presumably for those kind of prices they throw in a tune or two from the CBSO?