We are starting a pilot for a project to produce artists’ maps which explore the ownership of land of a rural area of north Lancashire, over historical time. Cadastral maps are maps of landownership. This pilot is the research or information collection stage for what may become a larger project. It builds upon the previous StoreyG2 project, “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)”.
Satnam, the property development company which represents the landowners, are planning residential development of 'land at New Quay Road'. This is the land commonly known as Freeman's Wood.
Proposals to build up to 250 homes on the site were presented at a 'Public Consultation' in Lancaster on 5 April. These proposals are available to view, and to comment upon, at http://www.resultscommunications.co.uk. (go to the 'Quick Links' box in the bottom right corner, and click on 'New Quay Road, Lancaster').
This consultation is a first step in a process. Satnam apparently intends to submit an outline planning application to Lancaster City Council in May. There will be opportunities to view and comment upon that application.
"The Friends of Coronation Field and Freeman's Wood" are encouraging people to comment on the current proposals. They intend to arrange a public meeting when the planning application is submitted. The Friends would welcome new members and can be contacted via the Secretary, Emily Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Activities January - July 2016
Our "Freeman's Wood" video was selected and shown in "Visualizing Contested Cities", at the international conference: “From CONTESTED_CITIES to global urban justice – critical dialogues”, in Madrid, Spain, 4-7 July.
I presented a slide show and video about "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" at the international conference: "Cultural Heritage in Landscape (CHeriScape) V: Landscape In Imagination And The Virtual Future". 14-16 June 2016, at Baltic, Gateshead/Newcastle, UK
I spoke about the "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" project at an academic conference entitled 'Contested Property Claims' at Aarhus University in Denmark. This conference included people from around the globe who work in law, geography, anthropology, politics, philosophy, etc., so I learnt a lot, and had some interesting conversations.
Bradley Garrett visited Freeman's Wood with Layla Curtis and Adam Fish on Saturday 24 October. Bradley Garrett is a social and cultural geographer at the University of Southampton, and author of "Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City". Adam Fish is a social anthropologist at Lancaster University.
StoreyG2 director, John Angus, gave a talk about "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" in a session entitled: "The Politics of Land", at the 2015 International Sociological Association RC21 Conference, "The Ideal City: between myth and reality", on 28 August, in Urbino, Italy. The written paper for the conference is here.
Breaking down barriers: artist’s app invites public to ‘trespass’
Luneside Artists' Studios is open on Friday 5 June from 5.30-7.30pm (opposite Lancaster Castle gateway), followed by the opening of an exhibition by Studio members at The Dukes from 8.30pm. Both include a small display about our "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" project. These events are part of Lancaster Arts City First Fridays. The exhibition runs until 28 June.
A session organised by Helen Hicks for 8 people to play the Freeman's Wood game in Lancaster Library on 12 May went well. Still struggling a bit with the rules, but it always generates amusing role play and interesting discussion.