During the last two years of the Expanded City project, Gavin Renshaw has examined the city’s cycling infrastructure; Emily Speed has tested alternative approaches to play and leisure provision; multidisciplinary design collective, The Decorators, have mapped the changing use of buildings along one of the city’s arterial roads; Olivia Keith has preserved and shared memories of rural development sites; Lauren Velvick has explored the politics of housing; and Ian Nesbitt and Ruth Levene have considered strategies for understanding and acting within a precarious and changing landscape.
A summary of each year:
2016: saw the beginning of the first research and development phase of The Expanded City project. The work of this first phase is summarised in the 2016 publication produced by Lauren Velvick, ‘writer in residence’ on project. The publication contextualised and provided a critical narrative for the development of the artists’ work, as well as documenting the Expanded City Symposium held in this year.
2017: Continuation of active research saw the project expand with the beginning of a series of events in which the artists broadened their enquiry in their fields of investigation. Known as Network events these informed the direction of the developing works, bringing external perspectives from experts and local communities directly into the development of the artists’ work.
2018: The second year of the project culminates in the presentation of the work of the six artists. A symposium Lie of the Land provides an updated snapshot of the work to date and The Decorators begin work towards the production of their piece based on the research undertaken in past twelve months.