In Certain Places is a public art research project based at the University of Central Lancashire. We create artworks that challenge how we understand and experience places and foster long-term change by connecting institutions and communities.
Over the last 20 years, we have worked with artists from Preston and across the globe to question, disrupt and shape the places in our city. We practise an extensive definition of public art, which has encompassed locative media, typography, film, design, performance, publications and architecture, and continues to expand. Each activity is part of an ongoing conversation about the politics of place: what places mean, who has the power to (re)make them and how art can help us to connect with and care for the places in our lives.
Public space and infrastructure are important themes within our work. Our current projects present new models of cultural infrastructure and advocate for public spaces that support practices of care. Remaining ‘part of Preston’s DNA’, we also work in West Cumbria and with partners across the UK. Locally specific, our work has international reach and has been shown at Musuem of Modern Art, New York, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Hong Kong and the Venice Biennial of Architecture.
In Certain Places
VB005A, Victoria Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE