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Expanded City Perspectives: Artist Gavin Renshaw

September 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick discusses Gavin Renshaw's research for The Expanded City project. At first glance, Gavin Renshaw's contribution to The Expanded City is the one that seems to most directly, and pragmatically relate to the potential for new infrastructure. Renshaw has a longstanding interest in cross-country cycling, using this as a tool within his art [...]


The Expanded City Symposium, June 2016

June 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick reflects upon The Expanded City symposium. As a public introduction to The Expanded City project, a symposium held on June 16 2016 reflected the research concerns of In Certain Places and the commissioned artists through the structure of the event, as well as the content. As we have found through conducting site [...]



Homing was a sound art work created by artists Jen Southern and Sam Thulin with the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire. The experience, accessed through headphones, began at the Roll of Honour in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and moved out onto the Flag Market and the Cenotaph. The work was based [...]


The Expanded City. Roman Way, Rough Hey, Red Scar: Ruins in Reverse

May 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick talks about her research for The Expanded City project. Maps of the outskirts of Preston, and many similar towns I’m sure, exhibit little in the way of landmarks to latch on to when planning a site visit. Main roads criss cross areas designated for new construction, and lacking a reason that has [...]


The Expanded City: Initial Artists’ Meeting

March 2016 Lauren Velvick introduces The Expanded City project. How to encompass a city, and which boundary line, image, or description is the truest? These have emerged as pertinent questions during an initial meeting between the four artists who have been commissioned for The Expanded City. Over the coming months Gavin Renshaw, Olivia Keith, and Ian Nesbitt [...]


Imagining wetlands: geography between wet and dry

July 2015 Artist and UCLan Fine Art MA student, Tracy Hill reflects on her experience of the Nordic Geographers Conference in Estonia. Imagining wetlands: geography between wet and dry bought together 11 individuals from 6 countries all presenting personal interpretations of wetland research. The session organiser Franz Krause invited papers discussing how people imagine, represent, use and [...]


Subplots to a City: Ten Years of In Certain Places

'Subplots to a City: Ten Years of In Certain Places' explores how In Certain Places has developed new approaches to art, culture and urban development since its inception in 2003. Alongside images, project outlines and reflections from artists, audience members and collaborators, the book includes texts by specialists from various fields, including Owen [...]

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