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Forms of Inscription: surfaces, patterns and the typography of place

February 17, 2016

As part of the Practising Place programme, In Certain Places presents an evening with artist Joanne Lee in conversation with typographer and researcher Dr. Paul Wilson. The event, which will take place at Sheffield Hallam University on Wednesday the 17th of February 2016, from
6pm to 8pm, will examine the relationship between communication, meaning and landscape, through reference to Lee and Wilson's individual research.

Foregrounding the, often overlooked, ephemera of everyday places, such as 'chewing gum constellations', fly tipping sites, and the typography of working men’s clubs, Lee and Wilson will present their own methods of 'close looking', and discuss the value of interdisciplinary approaches to engaging with a place.

The discussion also coincides with In Return - a group exhibition at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, which explores the legacy of post-industrial landscapes and production, and includes new work by Joanne Lee, developed in response to her explorations of Sheffield's Don Valley. The exhibition will be open to view both before and after the event.

About the speakers:
Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher with a curiosity about everyday life and the ordinary places in which she lives and works. Much of her activity emerges through a serial publication, the Pam Flett Press, which explores the visual, verbal and temporal possibilities of the ‘essay’, and via the opportunities for production that arise in dialogue with creative and critical friends. She is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr. Paul Wilson is a Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Leeds, whose research explores the intersections of language, landscape, community and communication. His current research investigates designed narratives of community and place. In particular, it explores the potential for critically-engaged typographies focusing on sites of class experience and situated knowledge at moments or points of change or transition.

Practising Place is a programme of public conversations, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event is hosted at a different venue in the North of England, and explores a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with people from different backgrounds, who share a common area of interest.

Practising Place forms part of the In Certain Places project, which is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire, and is funded by the Arts Council of England.

Click here to find out more about Practising Place.

Image: Untitled, from the Neepsend sequence projection (2016) by Jonanne Lee

Image: Untitled, from the Neepsend sequence projection (2016) by Jonanne Lee