In Certain Places is an artistic research project, led by Professor Charles Quick and research fellow Elaine Speight, with the support of research associate Rachel Bartholomew, in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire.
Established in 2003, the project seeks to generate new and creative ways of inhabiting and informing the future of places through an ongoing programme of artistic interventions within the City of Preston. Interdisciplinary in nature, and spanning a range of art forms, our work includes temporary public art works and architectural commissions, artist residency and research projects, and public talks, discussions and events. Collectively, these activities generate new understandings of the urban environment, enable new ideas to be tested in the city’s public spaces, and instigate ongoing collaborations between artists, academics, urban planners, activists, public institutions, businesses and other individuals and communities in the city and beyond.
Our work in Preston is underpinned by and provides a focus for a wider engagement with art practice and the politics of place. By contributing to journals, books and conferences, and through our own publishing projects, we endeavour to share the methods, challenges and outcomes of our research practice with our colleagues in the academic and arts sectors. Our art and architectural commissions have also been presented in venues such as Modern Art Oxford, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Hong Kong, and the Venice Biennial of Architecture.
Current projects include The Expanded City – a three year programme of artworks and events, designed to inform Preston’s City Deal programme of infrastructure projects, in response to an invitation from Preston City Council, and Practising Place – a series of collaborative conversations, essays and artworks by artists and academics from across the UK.
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In Certain Places,
University of Central Lancashire,
Preston, PR1 2HE