Artist holding open conversation about city development at Preston cafe

Posted on - 23rd June, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Fulwood, Housing, Ingol, Preston News, Redevelopment, Tanterton, What's On in Preston
These types of maps will be created from the conversations
These types of maps will be created from the conversations

A Preston artist is spending a fortnight collecting the memories of the North West area of the city.


Olivia Keith is pitching up in the Final Whistle Cafe for two weeks from Monday (26 June).

She is collecting the thoughts and stories of residents about the area – place names, poems, songs and drawings.

The area around Cottam, Ingol and Fulwood is set to change dramatically with thousands of new homes being built in the next decade.

Olivia, as part of the Traces of Place project, is in the Final Whistle Cafe at the Preston Sports Arena.

Olivia Keith is behind the project
Olivia Keith is behind the project

She’s using the stories to create her own maps of the area based on what she discovers.

Members of the public can talk to Olivia at the Final Whistle Cafe at 10am–1pm on 27 June, 2, 4 and 9 July and 1pm–4pm on 29 June, 1, 6 and 8 July (and other times by arrangement). Free tea/coffee vouchers will be given to everyone who attends.

On Tuesday 4 July at the Final Whistle Cafe, 6–8pm, there will be a public conversation event with Olivia about what makes us feel at home in a new place. What helps us to put down roots and feel connected to the environment? What can established residents pass on to newer residents about community and place itself and how can this gift of information be shared? Everyone is welcome to join in – to listen or to participate and refreshments will be provided. Free tickets can be booked at Eventbrite.

It’s all part of the Connected City project by arts group In Certain Places.

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