New Projects 2020

We are excited to announce the confirmation of our next round of funding and to introduce a new series of projects which will begin this spring.

Following on from the work of The Expanded City we will be hosting three Creative Infrastructure Labs with artists Gavin RenshawEmily Speed and Julia Heslop. Designed to develop new approaches, these two-day immersive labs led by the artists will focus on the topics of cycling infrastructure, alternative play and DIY social space. The first event takes place in May and further details and space booking will be available soon .

Reading Room, which gets underway at the end of the year, makes exciting new collaborations with Newlyn Art Gallery, The Whitworth, Sunderland University and Corridor8.  Inspired by the collectivist principles of the early Co-operative movement, in which reading was regarded as a social and political activity, Reading Room will provide a public platform for experiences which are often ignored within urban planning processes. Reading Room will comprise a mobile exhibition and events space  housing publications, creative artefacts and digital content relating to specific aspects of place. At each venue, an artist local to the area will curate a programme of participatory workshops and events.

Each project will be supported by a series of online critical writing commissions,which will be delivered in partnership with Corridor8.

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years of Preston Bus Station
The Conference is now online.

In November 2019 we marked the close of our Preston Bus Station project with an interdisciplinary conference. The day’s discussion examined the impact of this internationally significant piece of architecture built for everyday use by the people of Preston and its role within the wider context of urban design and the development of cities in the 21st Century.

The full conference can now be experienced online.

The programme includes:
Chris Harding, Chair, BDP
John Puttick, architect, John Puttick Associates – ‘The Restoration of a Brutalist Icon’
Sally Stone, Reader, Manchester School of Architecture – ‘The Campaign To Save A Bus Station’
Dr Christina Malathouni, University of Liverpool – ‘The Listing Story’
Professor Charles Quick, In Certain Places – ‘Brutalist Architecture and the Arts’
Professor Adrian Friend, University of Central Lancashire – ‘Why The Curves?’
James Arnold History Curator, Harris Museum and Art Gallery – ‘Building Connections’
Lee Ivett, Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, University of Central Lancashire
Ann Vanner, President, North Lancashire Society of Architects

Outside the Box Public Art Forum , Qatar

This February, Professor Charles Quick will be speaking at the Outside the Box Public Art Forum at the National Museum of Qatar in Doha. Curated by Future Everything and commissioned by the British Council and Qatar Museums, Outside the Box aims to initiate conversation that explores the history and present state of public art in Qatar, whilst sharing common ground for future collaborations and interventions in the public realm.

Charles joins the panel discussion on The Art Of Making Places: How art and multidisciplinary approaches in the public space can influence social, cultural and economic conditions on 23rd February, alongside speakers from Design for Social Change, Qatar Museums, Virginia Commonwealth University and UCL.

See the full programme


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