An upcoming event will encourage Prestonians to explore how everyday lives are being shaped by the development of the city’s outskirts.Advertisement
The event, Lie of the Land, will be hosted by Preston-based art programme In Certain Places. It will draw on research undertaken by artists in The Expanded City, a three-year programme of artistic research, interventions and events that will inform planned infrastructure projects on the edges of Preston.
The programme is part of Preston’s City Deal, a central government scheme that also includes the creation of new roads, amenities, and over 17,000 houses. Following an invitation by Preston City Council to contribute to their plans, In Certain Places has been working with various artists to explore the development areas, raise questions and offer suggestions for the future of these places.
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This particular event – which is being billed as a symposium – will present a snapshot of the project with some of the artists’ key insights and observations so far. It aims to encourage discussion about wider issues of urban planning and policy by exploring Prestonians’ relationship with the land through artworks, presentations and conversations.
There will be talks by journalist and author Peter Hetherington and artist Julia Heslop, plus a bus tour around some of The Expanded City sites. A limited-edition map of the project will be given out.
The event takes place on Wednesday 16 May at Bartle Hall and includes lunch. A bus will collect participants from Preston Railway Station, and return there following the event. View the full programme and booking details on Eventbrite.
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