Tracking The Process Of Abandonment: Victoria Lucas’ Decaying Urban Spaces by Emma Fraser

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After Castle Market: Salvaging the Urban Obsolete (Victoria Lucas in conversation with Emma Fraser), November 2014.

As part of the Practising Place programme, In Certain Places has announced the latest essay commissioned in collaboration with The Double Negative – a UK-based online magazine featuring a selection of the latest in arts, design, film and music.

The magazine is hosting a series of new, jointly commissioned texts by geographers, sociologists, cultural theorists, artists and experts from other fields, which explore the relationship between art practice and place.

These texts form a continuation of the Practising Place events – a series of public conversations between artists and researchers from other disciplines who share an interest in specific aspects of place.

The current essay, Tracking the Process of Abandonment by Emma Fraser, explores aspects of urban decay and the notion of ‘salvaging the urban obsolete’, with reference to the Castle Market project I developed in 2014. The text forms part of an ongoing conversation, which began at a Practising Place event in Sheffield in 2014 and can be viewed online here.

Click here to read the essay.

For more information about the project, please visit, or e-mail Elaine Speight –

About The Double Negative

The Double Negative is a UK-based online magazine featuring a selection of the latest in arts, design, film and music. Readers come to us for our features, new artists, cultural life and critical analysis. We just aren’t like the others.

Our mission: to hold a mirror up to the UK arts scene — in particular the North-West — and reflect it, uncovering and analysing the talent based here. We have a particular investment in encouraging and developing the next generation of art critics; we believe it is incredibly important to offer a platform for fearless, well-researched and balanced criticism.

About Practising Place

Practising Place is part of In Certain Places – a programme of artistic interventions and events based in the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire.