The Connected City
The Connected City is a programme of creative activities and collaborative artworks focused on places involved in the City Deal – a £430m, 10-year infrastructure scheme that aims to deliver new jobs and housing to the centre and peripheries of Preston. Artists Olivia Keith, Gavin Renshaw, Emily Speed, Ian Nesbitt and Ruth Levene, with writer Lauren Velvick, are carrying out research focused on their own areas of interest, including mapping memories, cycling infrastructure, spaces for play, Preston’s boundaries and intergenerational housing.
The project, developed in response to an invitation from Preston City Council, follows last year’s pilot project, the Expanded City, in which the same artists mapped the physical and social aspects of the edges of the city in the areas that will be affected by the City Deal. Read about their projects in the publication, The Expanded City 2015–2016.
An Expanded City Symposium in June 2016 brought together the artists, economist Paul Swinney, and multidisciplinary design collective The Decorators for presentations, discussion and site visits to the City Deal area.
Lauren Velvick will be blogging about the project as it progresses, providing a critical context for the work produced and the questions it provokes, on the Connected City blog.