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Going public: landscaping everyday life

Claremont, Amanda; Church, Andrew; Bhatti, Mark and Stenner, Paul (2010). Going public: landscaping everyday life. Cultural Geographies, 17(2) pp. 277–282.

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Gardens are not unusual sites to practise cultural geographies. In an earlier ‘cultural geographies in practice’ Steve Daniels reflected on his work on Art of the Garden, an exhibition at Tate Britain in 2004, which toured to other galleries,1 and a more recent contribution from Laura Lawson recounted public engagement with a community garden site in Chicago.2 This latest account documents a different, practice-based approach to the British garden, one that involved wide public engagement through a public seminar, a writing workshop and an exhibition of ‘lay’, i.e. amateur material, principally photographs. Both in its making and for its duration the exhibition caused us to explore the production and limits of lay and expert knowledge, not least because in many cases the photos on display did not conform in any way to the standards of composition and editing associated with public exhibition. Here we outline some further challenges we encountered when running the exhibition, highlighting the value of engaging with the public to deepen understanding of both everyday spaces and everyday academic practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1474-4740
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30123
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 14:43
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:37
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