Practising Place

Practising Place, which is published by Art Editions North and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications, is a visual and textual anthology of interdisciplinary dialogues which explore different relationships with place through co-authored texts, visual essays, creative projects and conversations between artists and academics. Featuring new and existing artworks and covering a range of themes – including rural mythologies, urban noise, boundaries and seaside nostalgia – the book is a place where art crosses paths with geography, archaeology, history and sociology, presenting an approach to the study of place as a creative and critical practice.
The publication, which includes a foreword by Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid CBE, includes creative explorations of places across the north of England – including a Cumbrian Center Parcs resort, Stanlow Oil Refinery, working-men’s clubs, Manchester Central Library and the edgelands of Preston and Sheffield ­– as well as more general themes, such as urban planning and digital space.

The book is the latest project within the wider Practising Place programme, which explores the meanings and production of places through interdisciplinary conversations. Since 2013, the programme has developed relationships between artists and academics from the humanities and social sciences, with a view to generating new understandings of places through the sharing of ideas and approaches. These conversations have been made public through a series of events across the north and Midlands, in venues such as the Bluecoat Arts Centre (Liverpool), Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), and Nottingham Contemporary, and a series of commissioned essays hosted on the Double Negative arts and culture website.

Practising Place is edited by Elaine Speight and has been developed through In Certain Places, an art-led research project based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire.
Image credit: Image by Jo Garrett