University of Central Lancashire



The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is delighted to be working with BOB North 2016 to exhibit the breadth of innovative design produced by UCLan’s students, staff and alumni.
UCLan will be showcasing talent from across the University with installations and activities in architectural technology, fine art, photography, applied arts, fashion styling, dance and design for sport and rehabilitation. Also keep an eye on the stage for UCLan performances in the form of monologues, poetry, and dance.


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Based in Preston, ALUSID is a University of Central Lancashire new spin-out company producing a unique range of architectural products and surfaces, made from recycled ceramic and glass.
ALUSID’s products (SilicaStone), which contain at least 96% recycled material, offer a genuinely sustainable alternative to natural stone products. The low environmental impact production process allows complete control over colour and uses no synthetic binders and produces zero manufacturing waste. Led by Professor David Binns and Dr Alasdair Bremner, SilicaStone was developed through a research project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


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UCLan presents an exhibition selected from undergraduate fine art, drawing and image making students. The exhibition is curated by students Benjamin Davies and Kelly Hayes in response to Preston’s former Post Office building, reflecting on the timeworn charm of this neglected building. The work presented echoes the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice, including digital work, drawing, painting, sculpture and performance-based work.


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A programme of artistic interventions and events, based at the University of Central Lancashire which examines how artists can contribute to the form and functions of a place. In Certain Places will present documentation of their recent projects, including The People's Canopy - a unique piece of mobile architecture designed specially for Preston by Beijing based architects People's Architecture Office. A collection of publications and limited edition artworks will also be available to purchase.


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Presenting a range of work by UCLan Photography students. The work will explore a range of responses to different practices. They will be exhibiting work focusing on: social and cultural issues, environmental anatomy, portraiture and editorial fashion. Collectively, the work will show their development as practitioners and new generation of photographers. The work aims to be challenging and evocative as they look to take advantage of this unique setting..


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This exhibition is a culmination of second year UCLan textile students collections which they have gathered over the course of four months. Each petri dish is a recreation of a magnified section of their individual objects. What do you collect and why?

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Preserving our past and building our future through an interactive, hands on installation, UCLan students from quantity surveying, building surveying, architectural technology, conservation and adaptation programmes aim to explore what could be done with some of Preston’s empty spaces and places, while also considering some of the more practical aspects of adaptive reuse, such as policies, cost and need.


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Beautiful hand-made collections of small gifts and wares to enhance your living space by final year UCLan textiles design students. Come along to try beginner and child friendly traditional crafts to take home at no charge. Encompassing stitch, surface pattern, print and weave, the lovingly made crafts will offer exciting new textile design ideas for your home at affordable prices.


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A site specific performance performed by second year UCLan dance performance and teaching students; a dance piece that explores the development of patterns. The piece includes four dancers who explore into the space with a uniform mind-set to discover different lines and required repetition. Look out for them in corridors and walkways on Saturday..