Place Beyond Place Symposium

Place Beyond Place was a one-day symposium for urban planners, artists, public art commissioners, architects, urban designers and other people with an interest in cities.

Inspired by the geographer Doreen Massey’s “politics of place beyond place”, in which, rather than a bounded locality, the city is understood as the product and producer of global relations, the symposium examined the relationship between the local and the global.

Hosted in an empty shop, the event included presentations by artist Loraine Leeson and urban theorist Paul Goodwin, alongside tours of the city by artists Rebecca Chesney, William Titley, Catriona Stamp and Keeper of History at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Emma Heslewood.

Speakers: Loraine Leeson, Paul Goodwin, Rebecca Chesney, William Titley, Catriona Stamp, Emma Heslewood
Locations: St John’s Shopping Centre (Preston)
Years: 2010
Partners: Arts Council of England, Lancashire County Council

From the Docklands by Loraine Leeson

As part of the Place Beyond Place symposium, artist Loraine Leeson presented her work of the eighties with the Docklands Community Poster Project which, over ten years, became the cultural arm of an East London campaigning community. She considered some of the lessons learned during this period which have continued to inform the sense of place in her art practice to this day. Amongst these are the development and representation of alternative strategies as a political tool and the benefits of collaboration across discipline, class and locality which underpinned the work of that time.

Loraine Leeson is a visual artist, visiting research fellow at the University of East London and founding director of cSPACE, an arts organisation supporting local communities in the expression of collective vision and aspiration. Since the early eighties her work through the Docklands Community Poster Project and The Art of Change involved engagement around a variety of issues, particularly regeneration of the urban environment. Loraine’s practice has regularly interfaced with education and since the mid-nineties imaginative use of digital media and the internet have informed her work with young people.

Place Beyond Place Artist Walks and Talks

As part of the Place Beyond Place symposium, artists Rebecca Chesney, William Titley, Catriona Stamp and Keeper of History at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Emma Heslewood led walks which connected contemporary Preston with other times and places.

Re-visioning Black Urbanism by Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin is a geographer, urban theorist and curator. He is an Associate Fellow at CUCR and Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes at Tate Britain. His research interests are in the fields of the history and theory of urbanism, critical theories of modernism and difference, black French culture and politics and the intersection between critical theories of the city and spatial design. At the CUCR Paul is developing a number of projects under the umbrella theme of Re-Visioning Black Urbanism, an exploration of new modes of inhabiting, imagining and making cities from progressive black and culturally diverse perspectives.

In Certain Places

VB005A, Victoria Building
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE