Launch of new Research Base

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In Certain Places is an action research project and creative organisation in the School of Art, Design and Fashion. ICP fosters new approaches to art, culture and urban development by testing new ideas and embedding creative work within particular locations and communities. . ICP enables communities to engage in the development of their city and the unique methodology has led to Lorraine Norris, CEO Preston City Council to remark “In Certain Places is part of the DNA of the city”

ICP empowers artists to explore situations in an organic manner, engaging artists and architects to develop temporary interventions in and around the City of Preston, connecting individuals, organisations, businesses and institutions in the creation of locally rooted work.

The project is led by curators Professor Charles Quick and Elaine Speight with research associate Rachel Bartholomew.


Making Histories Visible is an interdisciplinary visual art research project that enables distinct areas of international excellence in contemporary arts research. It is led by Lubaina Himid MBE Professor of Contemporary Art and supported by Christine Eyene Guild, Research Fellow. MHV’s international academic research output has been officially recognised as world-leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with major impact outside of academia.

As a painter, writer and curator, Professor Lubaina Himid has participated at an international level in exhibitions, conferences, books and films on the visual art of the Black Diaspora since the early 1980’s. She was recently named the winner of the 2017 Turner Prize and her exhibition Hard Times is currently running at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

Christine Eyenne’s research focuses on: South African photographer George Hallett (1970s-80s), Britain’s Black Arts (1980s), contemporary African art, gendered perspectives in contemporary art, sound art and non-object-based art practices. She is also the Artistic Director of the 2018 Casablanca Biennale.