‘Lie of the Land’ Symposium


Lie of the Land was a day of artworks, presentations and conversations, which drew on research undertaken by artists in The Expanded City programme to explore how our everyday lives are shaped by the ownership, management and development of land.

The symposium featured talks by Peter Hetherington – journalist and author of the book Whose Land is Our Land: The use and abuse of Britain’s forgotten acres, and Julia Heslop – a Newcastle-based artist whose self-build housing project, Protohome (2016), examined participatory alternatives to mainstream housing provision. The event also included a bus tour to sites in and around Preston, where The Expanded City artists presented their research into issues of housing, cycling infrastructure and the changing landscape.

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