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Model Village? Artist Emily Speed to create a temporary model village in Preston

We are hosting artist Emily Speed as part of In Certain Places’ The Expanded City Project. She is inviting the local community to come and help construct a temporary model village at our Waterside development in Cottam, Preston.

Emily is exploring what would people’s dream place to live or play in look like? School children, young people and members of the public are being invited to sculpt with coloured clay to build their ideal home, and make their mark on the village by creating, extending, squashing or customising its buildings, trees, parks and streets.

Emily has researched informal leisure spaces in Preston and, through conversations with city planners and on-the-ground research with communities, she has explored approaches to leisure provision. She is interested in the relationship between formal and informal spaces and the interface between public and private space within new housing developments. Emily will be working with members of the public, including local residents and school pupils of all ages to construct this collaborative vision in clay bricks on a currently vacant plot at our Waterside development, Cottam.

Model Village? is supported by Story Homes and is part of The Expanded City, a three-year programme of artistic research, interventions and events, designed to inform a series of planned infrastructure projects on the outskirts of Preston. Part of Preston’s ‘City Deal’ – a central government initiative which aims to encourage economic growth by addressing strategic infrastructure challenges – the scheme includes the creation of over 17,000 houses as well as new roads and amenities.

The Expanded City is a three-year programme of artistic research, interventions and events, designed to inform a series of planned infrastructure projects on the outskirts of Preston. Part of Preston’s ‘City Deal’ – a central government initiative which aims to encourage economic growth by addressing strategic infrastructure challenges – the scheme includes the creation of over 17,000 houses as well as new roads and amenities.

Sales manager, Clare Wilson, said: “We are delighted to be working with In Certain Places and UCLAN on the second project as part of InCertain Place’s The Expanded City, at our Waterside development in Cottam, which is one of 11 strategic sites identified in the City Deal.

“It’s important to explore the relationship between people and the places in which we live in, and to see the changing landscape of Preston City and its surrounding area.

“This sounds like a really exciting project Emily is working on, especially engaging with young people and the next generation to be buying new homes.”

Model Village? activity is free and suitable for all ages. Drop in at any time during specific opening hours to take part, or simply to have a look at the village and to chat to us about what you think makes a good place to live, play and socialise in.

Here’s how you can get involved:
There are drop-in sessions being held from Sat 14th – Sun 21st July at Waterside Development, off Cottam Way, Preston, PR4 0EP (next to the site office).

Saturday 14 July 10.00am – 3.00pm
Monday 16 July 4.00 – 5.30pm
Tuesday 17 July 4.00 – 5.30pm
Wednesday 18 July 4.00 – 5.30pm

Exhibition of completed village
Friday 20 July 11.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 21 July 11.00am – 3.00pm

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