Gabriela vaz-Pinheiro – Art, Architecture and Public Space

As part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme Public Lecture Series at  the University of Central Lancashire, In Certain Places presented a public talk by Professor Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro of the University of Porto, Portugal.

Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro is an artist and curator of public art and design for urban space, who has a wealth of experience of building partnerships between academic institutions and city authorities to create high-profile public art, cultural and architectural programmes. Her talk presented examples from her practice, including her work as the Art and Architecture Director for Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. Within this role, she curated a programme of temporary public art and architectural works by international practitioners, which were installed across the city and explored the roles of memory and technology within the built environment. As a mid-sized, post-industrial city, Guimarães shares characteristics and faces similar challenges to Preston. Vaz-Pinheiro’s talk therefore provided a useful focus for further discussions about the role of creativity and culture within the future of such places.