These were a series of conversation events taking place between July and September 2017, as part of the programme. The artists discussed the topics of their work and developing research with professionals from wider practice and local communities from the area. The events provided an opportunity to engage with the artists and contributors to the programme to find out more about the context of the work and share in the conversation that the artists work encourages. The network invited people who live and work in Preston, local groups and organisations and anyone interested in the present and future of Preston.
The Expanded City symposium in June 2016 brought together the artists, economist Paul Swinney, and multidisciplinary design collective The Decorators for presentations, discussion and site visits to the City Deal areas.
Lie of the Land on 16th May 2018 at Bartle Hall, Preston, will provide a current update on the project, through a focus on our relationship with the land. The day will feature talks by Peter Hetherington, journalist and author of the book Whose Land is Our Land: The use and abuse of Britain’s forgotten acres, and Julia Heslop, a Newcastle-based artist whose self-build housing project, Protohome (2016), examined participatory alternatives to mainstream housing provision. On a bus tour to some of the sites in focus, The Expanded City artists will present their latest research into issues of housing, cycling infrastructure and the changing landscape.
Ham and Jam café publication launch
An informal afternoon of tea, cake, artwork and conversations about The Expanded City project at the Ham and Jam café in Preston in November 2016. The event launched the free publication The Expanded City documenting the first 12 months of the project and showcased and discussed some of the work to date of the artists.