MAPPING RETAIL IN PRESTON CITY CENTRE

My practice is an exploration of place through methods of ‘mapping’, to create a visual representation of a chosen location. I often choose locations or themes within a place that go overlooked, exploring the location in detail to create a coalition of past, present, and future through visual representations such as actual maps, photography, illustrations, and text. I also experiment with methods of exhibition to challenge the notion of how artists can display work outside of gallery walls.

Mapping Preston High Street is a project I started to explore the high street of the city in which I live and work. I wanted to highlight areas of the high street that might go unnoticed or not thought about by shoppers. This includes real stories from retail workers – submitted anonymously; these stories give a voice to people who are silenced by the fear of their job security, while presenting a viewpoint from ‘the other side of the counter’. I have also explored the economic hardship that the high street has suffered recently, by focussing on stores that have had to shut permanently, or retail units that remain empty. There is also imagery from Preston in the past and present, as well as text and articles proving a well-rounded view of Preston High Street.

Presenting my work as an accordion book allows me to examine methods of exhibition, as it can be presented as a sculptural piece in a gallery or folded back to be read as a traditional book. This continues to challenge my artistic practice to find the most effective way to present work in many places other than a traditional gallery space.

Link to full book on Issuu: https://issuu.com/hollieburge/docs/mapping_retail_in_preston_city_centre

VIDEO OF ACCORDION BOOK AS SCULPTURE


Video of a walk around of the accordion book as a sculpture, as if it was presented in a gallery space. 

SHOP STORY


Page from the book ‘Mapping Retail in Preston City Centre’ – A story form a retail worker explaining a situation they had on their shift, in Preston. 

297mm x 210mm 

SHOP STORY Image

SMILE


Page from the book ‘Mapping Retail in Preston City Centre’ – Photograph taken in the back of house of a shop in Preston, the image shows a poster on a door asking staff to smile as they were going on ‘stage’. The stage being the shop floor.

297mm x 210mm

SMILE Image

COLLAGE OF EMPTY SHOP UNIT


Page from the book ‘Mapping Retail in Preston City Centre’ – Collage photograph and receipts of an empty shop unit in Preston, this was one of 13 shops that were seen to be vacant at the time of this walk, focussing on the city centre. 

297mm x 210mm 

COLLAGE OF EMPTY SHOP UNIT Image

FISHERGATE 1840


Page from the book ‘Mapping Retail in Preston City Centre’  – Map of the area of Fishergate Shopping Centre from 1840, showing no signs of retail – a time when industry was the greatest employer in Preston. 

297mm x 210mm 

FISHERGATE 1840 Image

#FIVERFEST


Page from the book ‘Mapping Retail in Preston City Centre’ – #fiverfest – a scheme encouraging people to shop local to keep their high street running. This is a found poster from Twitter @prestonmarkets 11/02/2020.

297mm x 210mm 

#FIVERFEST Image

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Hollie Burge

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  • Degree show 2020
    • Master of Fine Art