Wayne Hemingway supports Perth in bid for City of Culture 2021

November 17, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Wayne Hemingway is the appointed “Urban Design Champion” for the City of Perth, and is working with the City of Development Board as an advisor for Perth’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid.

Wayne Hemingway’s support and involvement for Perth’s bid is extremely exciting, energising and exactly what’s needed. With an extensive background in both city planning and design, his ideas and approach in how to revitalise urban areas and city centres, are refreshing and motivating, especially in changing times when city centres need to develop ways to utilise areas and spaces to complement the traditional retail offering.


A word from Wayne Hemingway about his role in Perth’s bid:

“I’m excited to be playing an advisory role in Perth’s bid to be UK City of Culture. I know from my experience working with Derry on their successful bid for 2013 that it can really energise a community and bring joy to a place .The important things is to not only showcasing the rich array of culture already on offer, but also explaining how winning City of Culture could make a real difference to the lives of people in and around the city. It’s not about having everything already in place; it’s about having a vision and the understanding that the journey that the city will go on will have a lasting positive impact whether the bid results in a win or not . The cultural sector is the fastest growing part of the UK economy and is now the second largest sector in the UK. But this is about far more than just jobs and money, its about our souls, happiness and wellbeing and for that reason I am looking forward to doing my bit”

Speaking at Perth Museum a few weeks ago as part of his contribution to the Year Of Architecture Innovation and Design (YOAD) within Perth, Wayne presented to an audience of planners, architects, developers and house builders, focussing on his experience and the importance of design and placemaking when planning future developments and regeneration. You may have also seen his design for the Ideal Hut as part of YOAD – “Shedloads”, which involved rendering the building with “Perth pounds ” (featuring Fair Maid/ Geddes to link with ancient roots modern scots theme as part of cultural investment).


Wayne with his ‘Shedloads’ design for Ideal Hut in Perth City Centre

A look at the HemingwayDesign website provides an insight into the many varied projects his company works on including the varied Placemaking events they’ve devised and delivered, in partnership with both the private and public sector.  There’s also a link on the site to his work with Perth and previous media coverage on his appointment.

Wayne’s involvement will include providing advice to the Council and Board in relation to procurement of design services and reviewing design proposals, in respect of the public realm, conversion and development of buildings and a review of management proposals in respect of use of space and buildings.

He’s also joining in the party at Perth’s Christmas Lights Switch On After Party on Sat 19 Nov on the Main Stage on Tay Street at 7.30pm with his DJ Set, House of Hemingway Northern Soul, you can read more on his blog entry ‘Wayne on Northern Soul’.

Wayne Hemingway on Northern Soul

Wayne Hemingway on Northern Soul

Wayne will provide advice to the Board and Council from previous award winning design experience into the regeneration of towns and cities (such as Byker in Newcastle and Salford in Greater Manchester), previous involvement in the development and delivery of the Derry and Hull City Of Culture programmes, and the development of specific cultural attractions such as Dreamland in Margate and events such as the Festival of Thrift.