2nd Local Stakeholder Group Meeting in Lublin
On November 20th, 2017 the second Polish Local Stakeholder Group meeting supporting the Regional Creative Industries project was held.
At the meeting there were representatives of the creative industry specialising in graphic design / branding, architecture, landscape design, interior design, photography, industrial design present and representatives of the City of Lublin, Strategy and Investor Assistance Department. During the working meeting they discussed the issues regarding the needs, barriers and possible solutions in the scope of developing the creative industry in Lublin.
This workshop meeting allowed the participants to identify several areas which can potentially become the basis for preparing a strategy for the development of the creative industry in Lublin.
As far as the needs are concerned, the most important topics were:
- designers operating in the market,
- young designers at the beginning of their careers,
- entrepreneurs, on the role and opportunities of applying design in their business,
- the public, in the scope of aesthetics.
- promoting not only the individual projects but also the Lublin design circles as a whole,
- presenting work together in exhibitions, fairs and other international events.
Cooperation ‒ exchanging knowledge and experience between various circles: science, design, business
Ethics in the field of awarding public-procurement contracts.
The vision of Lublin as a creative city includes the following issues:
- Lublin has established its brand as a creative city ‒ creating the city's sub-brand in this field; Lublin ‒ the capital of eastern design.
- Under this brand, Lublin-based designers, as members of organised groups or circles, can showcase their works in international events, promoting the city.
- New higher-education institutions or institutes which educate designers focusing on practice instead of theory (where most of the lecturers are experienced practitioners) (graphic design, industrial design)
- The access to knowledge generated and collected by higher-education institutions will improve.
- Reviews of student portfolios (held in certain defined space ‒ available for visitors at all times).
- An exhibition event in Lublin, the brand of which will be recognisable at least in Poland, and which will attract business to the region.
- Meeting places for designers
- An institution connecting business and design
- Lublin is an aesthetic space, where the image of signboards and billboards is subject to approval.
- Design workshops for children, but not as a supplementary element, but as one of the major areas of education; children learn not only aesthetics, but also to challenge standards and stereotypes (more initiatives similar to the “Wild Children Reserve” [“Rezerwat Dzikich Dzieci”] project)
- There will be numerous mini-design centres in the urban space, across various city districts.
- Street furniture created by Lublin designers
- Imagination and knowledge will be the two key areas supported by local-government instruments, which will contribute to the development of creativity and the creative industry.