(Re)creating heritage: artistic creation as cultural placemaking

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Countless international symposiums, as well as research and/or artistic projects have already been devoted to exploring the potentialities, for instance, in the cross-fertilization between artistic creation and heritage education. Moreover, contemporary artists are often proposed as mediators, engaging with local communities, and, thus, contributing to multiple (political) agendas; from the promotion of cultural participation to cultural placemaking. Heritage-based artistic residencies are, in fact, a growing trend internationally. Considering Portuguese reality, the preliminary results of an inquiry conducted in 2020, as part of the author’s on-going doctoral project, (Re)creating Heritage, pointed to an increase in intensity of this type of initiatives in recent years. Furthermore, the inquiry revealed, on one hand, a high degree of heterogeneity amongst the promoters – including a growing number of municipalities and other public institutions – and, on the other, a high degree of interdisciplinarity amongst the participants, comprising (artistic) practices bordering creative industries. In this paper, we focus on three examples of Portuguese artist-in-residence programs that actively engage artists, designers, and architects in (re)interpreting traditional crafts, some in close articulation with cultural tourism projects. The proposed examples will inspire a broader discussion, around the use(s) of heritage in artistic creation, as part of (cultural) placemaking strategies, and, on the other way around, the impact of artistic creation and/as (cultural) tourism, in heritage making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative tourism, regenerative development, and destination resilience
Subtitle of host publicationconference programme and presentation abstracts
EditorsNancy Duxbury, Tiago Vinagre de Castro, Luciano Seabra Coelho
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherUniversidade de Coimbra
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9789898847461
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
EventCreative Tourism,
Regenerative Development,
and Destination Resilience
- Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Duration: 8 Nov 202210 Nov 2022


ConferenceCreative Tourism,
Regenerative Development,
and Destination Resilience
CityPonta Delgada
Internet address


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