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People's ideas to feature in exhibition

05 November 2012
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​More than five hundred people have put forward their ideas about how to transform one of Lancaster’s most historic public spaces as part of the Beyond the Castle project.

Their suggestions will be featured in a new interactive exhibition called Picture This. It will be held at The Storey Institute in Lancaster, from Thursday 15 to Tuesday 20 November.

Beyond the Castle is a scheme to enhance public spaces around the historic castle and priory, Vicarage Fields and Quay Meadows.

Over recent months, the project has listened to hundreds of ideas about how to improve this area of the city. There is no blueprint for the area - the aim is to develop the site based on people's views, drawings, stories and other ideas.

The exhibition will allow everyone to interact with what’s on show and add further contributions, opinions and ideas.

Some of the ideas from this creative process, known as co-design, will be on display at the exhibition.

Dr Leon Cruickshank of the University's Lancaster Insitute for the Contemporary Arts is the UK project leader of Beyond the Castle.

He said: “We're delighted by the high level of interest in this project from residents and businesses close to the site, as well as people from across the city.

"There's a strong feeling that we should be doing something to improve the space, while protecting its integrity and history. We had lots of exciting and different views about the area and its future.

"This co-design approach will result in a shared aspiration and core values for the area to be taken forward. It will also suggest future directions for further work by Lancaster City and Lancashire County Councils."

Beyond the Castle is an example of close partnership working between the city and county councils. It is led by Lancashire County Council and is supported by a co-design challenge led by Lancaster University through PROUD, an EU INTERREG project. The work is an important element of the Lancaster Square Routes initiative, which is looking to improve streets and spaces across the city centre, being led by Lancaster City Council.

A special invitation-only viewing event for the exhibition will be held on Thursday 15 November, from 6pm to 8pm. The exhibition will be open to everyone on Friday 16 November from noon to 6pm.

There'll be a residents' workshop on Saturday 17 November from 10am to noon. The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday afternoon, between 1pm and 6pm, but is closed on Sunday. It's also open on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November, from noon to 6pm.
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