Book Announcement: The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory

The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Paperback, pp199, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory, edited by Gwen Heeney.

This book brings together experts in the fields of art history, visual arts, music, cultural geography, curatorial practice and landscape architecture to explore the role of material memory in the post-industrial landscape and the ways in which that landscape can act as a site for many forms of creative practice. It examines the role of material memory in the siting of public artworks and politically inspired installation art within the socio-economic post-industrial landscape. The post-industrial ruin as a place for innovation in the curatorial process is also investigated, as are social memory and the complexities of inscribing memory into places. A number of chapters focus on photography and its important role in recording memory as transformation, abandonment and erosion. Artists and musicians present personal case studies examining the siting of permanent and temporary artworks which can invoke memory of both culture and place. The land itself and its associated histories of post-industry are explored in artistic terms investigating dislocation, wasted spaces and extinction. Landscape architects and cultural geographers explore the aesthetic of the urban ruin, its natural and human ecologies and the re-wilding of urban spaces. The volume provokes discussion by a group of diverse experts on a very contemporary subject.

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About the Editor

Gwen Heeney MA, RCA, is a public artist, author and Senior Lecturer in Ceramics and Glass at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She is completing a PhD at Newcastle University Fine Art Department. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a founding member of the World Association of Brick Artists. She works and exhibits public artworks which focus mainly on the uses of bricks in China, Korea, the USA, Denmark, and Latvia. She is a member of the research group Topographies of the Obsolete, and her publications include Brickworks (2003) and Shaping Earth (2000). She received an MA in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1989, and won the Built Environment Award at the British Ceramics Biennial in 2009 in collaboration with Vicky Shaw.

This book is dedicated to Dr Gwen Heeney (1952-2016). She was awarded her PhD posthumously in 2017 by Newcastle University, UK, which recognised her outstanding contribution to Ceramics and Fine Art, both as an artist and teacher.


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