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In Certain Places is part of the DNA of the city

Lorraine Norris, Former Chief Executive, Preston City Council

In Certain Places is a curatorial partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Since 2003, through interdisciplinary projects, we have worked with artists to question, test, disrupt and shape the places in our city. Our work connects diverse experiences and knowledge, underpinned by an ethos of curiosity and care. We investigate the ways in which artists generate new understandings of places and instigate change, by engaging with the complexities of place in creative and critical ways.

As curators, we see our role as that of brokering connections between people and places. As well as artists, we also work closely with other individuals, institutions and communities in Preston and beyond throughout our research process. Our projects span a range of art forms and include temporary public art works, architectural commissions, artist residencies, public talks, discussions, events and publications. Whilst locally specific, these activities connect with wider issues of art practice and place. Our work has been presented in venues such as Modern Art Oxford; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Hong Kong; and the Venice Biennial of Architecture; and we endeavour to share the methods, challenges and outcomes of our practice through writing and presentations.

In Certain Places currently receives funding from the Arts Council of England, the University of Central Lancashire, Preston City Council and City Deal. Previous work has been funded by Lancashire County Council, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Community Media Association, the Granada Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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This short film maps the impact that In Certain Places has had on the development of Preston’s central square, the Flag Market.

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