In Certain Places explores how cultural place-making shapes the fortunes of our cities and regions. By sustaining a flow of trans-disciplinary artistic interventions, it encourages artist-led and community-focused networks of practice to develop projects which reveal and engage with ‘places’.
In Certain Places fosters new approaches to art, culture and urban development, through artists’ contributions to the form and functions of a place, in response to a context. We empower artists to explore situations in an organic manner, through the lens of their choosing. We engage artists and architects to develop temporary interventions in and around the City of Preston, connecting with individuals, organisations, businesses and institutions in the creation of locally rooted work.
In Certain Places is committed to both Preston and the artists we work with. By remaining in the city and continuing our role in the everyday life of the place, we form part of the landscape and dialogue of Preston. With civic recognition as a strategic cultural partner, we are synonymous with the environment and context in which we operate. Sustainably building upon our previous work, ICP generates fresh understandings of the urban environment, catalysing new ideas to be tested in the city’s public spaces.
Our commissioning process develops new approaches, avoiding restrictions, instead presenting artists with a context, space and time for their work. The knowledge exchange and shared learning we generate by working with regional artists, plus external perspectives provided by international artists from other cultures, enrich both the careers of artists and the lives of people throughout our communities.
We share our experiences about unlocking the city through art in place-making. Using international conferences, journals and publications, we share ‘Preston’ projects as test beds for models of practice globally, encouraging adaptation of our methodologies within new contexts and cultures.
In Certain Places was formed in 2003 against a background of a masterplan regeneration of the city centre. The masterplan went away but In Certain Places has continued to contribute to the city’s physical, social and cultural development; initially focusing on the city centre, we now work out to its edges and beyond.
It is led by curators Professor Charles Quick and Elaine Speight with the support of associate Rachel Bartholomew, in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire based in the City of Preston in the North West of England.
In Certain Places,
University of Central Lancashire,
Preston, PR1 2HE