Practising Place book

The Practising Place book explores our relationship with place through a collection of co-authored texts, visual essays, creative projects and conversations between artists and academics. Featuring new and existing artworks and covering a range of themes, including rural mythologies, urban noise, boundaries and seaside nostalgia, this highly visual book demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary discourse and presents an approach to the study of place as a creative and critical practice.

The publication, which features a foreword by Lubaina Himid, includes creative explorations of places across the north of England – including a Cumbrian Center Parcs resort, Stanlow Oil Refinery, working-men’s clubs, Manchester Central Library and the edgelands of Preston and Sheffield – as well as more general themes, such as urban planning and digital space.

Click here for more information, or to purchase the book via Cornerhouse Publications.

Media content

Two chapters in the book make reference to media content which can be viewed and listened to below:

Oil is the Devil’s Excrement film by David Jacques, from ‘Oil is the Devil’s Excrement: Hellmouth on the Mersey’ by Les Roberts and David Jacques, pp. 30 – 41.


Resonating Silence soundpieces by Magda Stawarska-Beavan, from ‘Between Noise and Silence: Listening to the Modern City’ by Magda Stawarska-Beavan and James G Mansell, pp. 104 – 177.

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