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Open City Preston 2013

Friday 13th September and Saturday 14th September

Open City Preston 2013

This is an opportunity to participate in the debate about the City Centre of Preston and its future plans and aspirations.

Join in the free two-day event to discuss and explore: -

  • what is the city centre now and what could it become
  • increase the level of debate about this special place
  • look at alternative approaches to development
  • discover different viewpoints
  • make the different cities visible
  • test your idea

Friday 13th September - 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.

The day will consist of a walking tour of the city centre curated by Katja van Driel, visiting different venues, where there will be presentations by the following invited speakers:-

  • John Thorp (Civic Architect, Leeds)
  • Jeanne van Heeswijk (Artist, Rotterdam)
  • Paul Swinney (Economist, Centre for Cities)
  • Jen Southern (Artist, Lancaster)

The day will end with a reception at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery to launch the publication of the Harris Flights by photographer and publisher Craig Atkinson.

Saturday 14th September – 9.30 am – 3.30 pm.

The day will involve hands on workshops based in the city centre, which are aimed at uncovering new ways of solving the problems faced today, and examining what the city is now.


Places are limited for the whole event because of the size of some of the venues, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a place and a choice of meal for your Friday lunch.

To book a free place please click here.

Booking Deadline: 9th September

Refreshments will be provided on both days, free on Friday, paid sandwich bar on Saturday.

Location: The first talk will take place at University of Central Lancashire Lecture Theatre 4, Foster Building, Kendal Street, Preston PR1 2HE

Organised by: In Certain Places, University of Central Lancashire, and Preston City Council.

Supported by: University of Central Lancashire, Arts Council England, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, North Lancashire Society of Archtects RIBA North West.

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