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The Expanded City Network: What do we need in a space for play?

March 2018 Writer and artist Lauren Velvick on the informal discussion around spaces for play between Emily Speed and architect Lee Ivett, in the recently Grade II listed ‘bubble’ classroom at Kennington Primary School. At the start of Emily Speed’s ‘What do we need in a space for play?’ event she outlined why play in particular had [...]


The Expanded City Network: ‘Precarious Landscape’ bus tour

Stephanie Cottle introduces Precarious Landscape, an excursion with artists Ian Nesbitt and Ruth Levene to the western bounds of Preston on 8th December 2017. Participant and writer Lauren Velvick reflects on the experience. Continuing their exploration of Preston’s boundaries, Precarious Landscape saw Ian and Ruth invite an audience on an immersive journey, visiting four sites the artists [...]


Communal living: adapted social contracts and a new type of household

July 2017 Lauren Velvick discusses her research for The Expanded City. Ever since the Expanded City Symposium, I’ve been thinking about demographics with regards to housing. It seemed to me that the way people were grouped assumed that all adults are coupled, or would be eventually, and that housing was being constructed with couples and small families [...]


The Expanded City Network: Routes In, Routes Out

Writer and artist Lauren Velvick reflects on the second Expanded City Network event, Routes In, Routes Out, held at Avenham Park Pavilion in Preston on 27 July 2017. Gavin Renshaw’s Expanded City research and output continues to oscillate between instrumentalised cycling advocacy and an artistic investigation of landscape that takes into account socio-political and cultural influences. In [...]


The Expanded City Network: Traces of Place

The first Expanded City Network event, Traces of Place, was held at the Final Whistle café in Preston on 4 July 2017, and considered the question ‘What makes us feel at home?’. Writer and artist Lauren Velvick looks at the event in the wider context of The Expanded City project. As I’ve noted previously in these posts, [...]


Expanded City Perspectives: A starting point

May 2017  Lauren Velvick reports on an artists’ meeting for The Expanded City project. Having previously considered the city specifically in terms of its edges and boundaries, for the forthcoming critical exploration of Preston’s ongoing development, In Certain Places has proposed connection as the kernel around which this year’s programme will develop. For the participating artists, connection [...]


Amplifying civic space in Preston: The Flag Market

Research student Stephanie Cottle reflects on In Certain Places' work in Preston's Market Square. When Appearing Rooms (2006) by Dutch artist Jeppe Hein was installed by In Certain Places at Preston’s Flag Market the work provided the initial splash of imagination to what had been a long overlooked site. Once a space only used to ‘pass through’ [...]


Expanded City Perspectives: Artist Olivia Keith

October 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick discusses Olivia Keith's research for The Expanded City project. There are elements of Olivia Keith's work for The Expanded City that are familiar within socially engaged practices, such as using the unwritten knowledge and experience of local inhabitants to informally map an area. Keith has developed a way of recording this information, [...]


Expanded City Perspectives: Artist Gavin Renshaw

September 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick discusses Gavin Renshaw's research for The Expanded City project. At first glance, Gavin Renshaw's contribution to The Expanded City is the one that seems to most directly, and pragmatically relate to the potential for new infrastructure. Renshaw has a longstanding interest in cross-country cycling, using this as a tool within his art [...]


The Expanded City Symposium, June 2016

June 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick reflects upon The Expanded City symposium. As a public introduction to The Expanded City project, a symposium held on June 16 2016 reflected the research concerns of In Certain Places and the commissioned artists through the structure of the event, as well as the content. As we have found through conducting site [...]

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