Artists exploring Preston’s development hosting ‘home’ discussion

Posted on - 4th June, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Broughton, Fulwood, Housing, Preston News, Redevelopment
A free Expanded City book will be available for all those stopping by, and Olivia Keith's drawing of the edge of Preston
The expanded city

The next step in an arts project mapping what the city is like before thousands of new homes are built has been announced.


The Connected City is a series of events and meetings running throughout the year as the six artists tasked with capturing the areas about to be lost for development.

Run by In Certain Places the arts project is holding an event on Tuesday 4 July exploring what makes you feel at home in a new place.

Olivia Keith, Gavin Renshaw, Emily Speed, Ian Nesbitt, Ruth Levene and Lauren Velvick are the six artists taking part in the project – which tracks the progress of the City Deal, a £430million project which is seeing major new roads and housing developments build in Northern and Western Preston over the decade between 2014 and 2024.

Read more: How the expanded city project is progressing

Their event at the Final Whistle Cafe, near the UCLan Sports Arena, asks what helps people put down roots and feel connected to an environment.

It runs from 6pm to 8pm and is free to attend, and includes a free cup of tea or coffee.

Who are the six artists?

Olivia Keith is mapping, preserving and sharing memories of north-west Preston, an area that is undergoing rapid change. She is interested in the powerful role maps can play in perpetuating elements of a place and how memories can be preserved and passed on in a tangible way, such as place names, stories, poems, songs and drawings.

Gavin Renshaw is examining the current cycling infrastructure within the district and developing his own routes that map information relevant to cyclists, such as storage, topography and traffic black spots, and take into account considerations such as convenience, scenery, safety, speed and accessibility. His research will culminate in a cycling resource that collates routes, information and existing infrastructure within a single visual inventory.

Emily Speed is interested in space that will be allocated for play in the places within the City Deal area. Her research will look at creating a temporary, landscaped space for play, gatherings and performances, as well as being open to other suggestions and possibilities, on land that will later be developed for housing.

Ian Nesbitt and Ruth Levene are drawing on their previous research of walking the metropolitan boundary of Preston to question what it means for a city to be developed and expanded. They will ask what it means to the people of a city when the decisions made about its changes are beyond their control and consider the different ways we connect with and understand place and territory.

Lauren Velvick is researching new and re-emerging forms of ‘household’ that come about when families live intergenerationally and adults live together in shared housing. She will investigate whether existing and future housing provision will meet the needs of such configurations and whether it will be possible to ‘knock through’ dwellings to create larger houses in the same way as previous generations. Lauren will also be blogging about the whole project as it progresses, providing a critical context for the work produced and the questions it provokes.

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