The Expanded City symposium in June 2016 involved presentations, conversations and site visits within the ‘City Deal’ areas of Preston. Alongside presentations about urban demographics by economist Paul Swinney, and the production of community spaces by multidisciplinary design collective The Decorators, the day included presentations of work-in-progress by the project artists.
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.