Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from #thetestbed

Seasons Greetings #Preston !

Sad to report that we are checking-in one final time in the guise of #thetestbed blog and twitter to say our temporary 3-month programme will be ending today as always planned. So a big thank you to everyone who got involved, followed and/or contributed or engaged with us in some way in the ongoing debate around the future for #UCLanUniversity Square .

We will be reviewing everything early in the New Year, and so will be reporting back on this then – as well as updating everyone on the latest news on the major public art commissions being developed for the square and #UCLanStudentCentre . Exciting times lie ahead in 2019, so watch this space…

….and finally, as Big Chris said in summing up events in #LockStockandTwoSmokingBarrels : “There is one more thing…It’s been emotional”.

Video and soundtrack of More Music back projection produced in conjunction with Worldwise Samba Performance, and artists David Boultbee and Ben Rutherford at #TheTestbed on 12th December.

…Thanks so much @gazcook for ab photos of ‘dressed’ life drawing

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BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE at #thetestbed….



Retrospective of #thetestbed illustrating the students from BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE programme interacting with the space earlier this year. See photos on UCLan Testbed on Flickr  and description on the link here and extracted below:

Students showcase their work in public at community space

A new temporary space called Testbed on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) campus showcased ‘live’ art on the 1st November.

Over 50 students from the BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE programme drew in and on former shipping containers, with the aim of encouraging the public to take part.

David Knight, Senior Lecturer at UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, said: “The Testbed facility gave students the wonderful opportunity to take part in a live project. It allowed them to take art on to the street, while encouraging the public to participate too.

“We want the University to be public in its own right and this was a means of doing that by creating a visual and engaging but fun project.”

The students were guided by artist in residence David Boultbee who leads BREAD art, a group which looks at how public space and art can be used to engage communities. Testbed also performs another purpose in that it will be used to test materials and building processes as UCLan continues  with its £200 million transformative campus Masterplan.

Fashion promotion foundation student Sam Clegg said: “It’s been a great project to be involved in and is a fantastic way of showcasing student art and design skills to members of the public passing by, as well as encouraging them to take part.”

Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLan, Charles Quick, added: “Testbed will be used for a number of activities, but it will principally be used for research and engagement sessions with local schools, community groups, staff and students to see what community and cultural events can take place in our new circa £60 million Student Centre and Civic Square.”