Testbed, is a specifically designed temporary space for research and community engagement, installed prior to the construction of the new Student Building and public squares on the UCLan campus. The temporary bespoke shipping container studio and performance space were designed by Ian Banks of Atoll. It housed an artist in residence David Boultree of Bread Arts for three months. During that time working with groups from across the university and the city, over 17 different activities took place that investigated, articulated and tested out what the future uses of the new square could be. These included workshops, drumming performances, artworks and events. Lee Ivett of Baxendale Studios and Architecture BSc course leader at UClan, working with students, installed a temporary roof. The Test Bed blog examined the space as an entirety and destination while examining it relationship to wider debates about public spaces.
In Certain Places
VB005A, Victoria Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE