The challenges from the impermanent impact of globalisation, economic division and migratory encounters is increasingly reshaping our understanding of place as a location of meaning. Influences of social media, travel, tourism, ideological conflict and threat, nomadic or migratory human movement across territories along with the impact of post-industrial legacy is further challenging and displacing  the layered narratives that contribute to the shaping of place meaning.

CCFT proposes to explore and respond to these challenges through a methodology of interdisciplinary artistic research practices. This will be articulated through the production of artefacts and participatory actions that can contribute to new evolving critical understandings.

CCFT seeks to contribute to a continual (re)creating, (re)articulating and (re)imagining of place as an element in the construction and development of meaning making and the constructed self.


CCFT - is a group of artists, architects, designers and cultural theorists from England, Scotland, Norway and Cyprus whose practices, individually (and collectively), seek to consider the role of artistic research in shaping the legacies of place within the contemporary social landscape. Through the lens of each other’s research and evolving relationships, a collective work platform has emerged through trust and dialogue. CCFT’s approach focuses on practice-based research methods including; painting, drawing, photography, video, sound, sculpture, text performances, publication, events/exhibition, on site installations, design communication, social design, architecture, interventions and spatial practices that are engaged in constructing and questioning narratives of place making, place meaning and the constructed self. 

CCFT’s research is constituted through the methodology of travelling colloquia carried out in specific cases for study. These cases for study are constructed as interwoven, overlapping and interrelated meetings, investigations and dissemination points, designated as “Nomadic Dialogues” (ND)
“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”
- Joan Didion

Susan Brind

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow,Scotland

Yiorgos Hadjichristou

     University of Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus

Jim Harold

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Duncan Higgins

     Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK,

     and the University of Bergen, Norway

CCFT will deliver a research programme through interwoven, overlapping and interrelated meetings, investigations and dissemination points in  ases for study designated as “Nomadic Dialogues”.

CCFT’s research approach utilises participatory practices, fieldwork, empirical research, dialogical encounters, phenomenological and auto-ethnographic methods, underpinned by theoretical understanding where ideas and decisions develop through a responsive process in order to address both tangible and intangible knowledge

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Linda Lien

     University of Bergen, Norway

Andy Lock

     Fellow University of Bergen, Norway

Shauna McMullan

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Johan Sandborg

     University of Bergen, Norway

Ana Souto

     Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.