ARTISTS EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF LANDOWNERSHIP
StoreyG2 is a contemporary art project based in Lancaster, in North West England. It is currently undertaking research which aims to create artists' maps of land ownership history in north Lancashire.
StoreyG2 was initially developed in 2013 from an organisation known as Storey Gallery which had presented a programme of exhibitions in the Storey Institute for 20 years until 2012. It then took a new direction, changed its operating name to StoreyG2, and started running projects exploring features of the local area. They have been about landownership. The first was “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)” from 2014-16, and the ongoing project is “Landed (Cadastral Maps)”.
By the end of 2021 StoreyG2 was no longer delivering charitable activities, so it was decided to terminate its registered charity and company status. Its work on landownership is being continued by John Angus, who was previously director of Storey Gallery, managed the transition to StoreyG2, and initiated these projects. This website shows both the current and previous activities.
It is estimated that half of the land in England is owned by 1% of the population.
"In this case, the elephant IS the room. There can be few enormous subjects more often dodged than land ownership. It is the great ignored in politics today." Ferdinand Mount, 2014