CCFT / The Creative Centre for Fluid Territories

CCFT / The Creative Centre for Fluid Territories

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 nature and value of space and place. 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 space, place making and place meaning. 

CCFT’s research is constituted through the methodology of travelling colloquia carried out in specific cases for study. The cases for study are constructed as interwoven, overlapping and interrelated meetings, investigations and dissemination points, designated as “Nomadic Dialogues” (ND)

The impermanent and shifting impact of globalisation, economic division and migratory encounters is increasingly reshaping the understanding of space and place as a location of meaning and identity construction. 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 shaping the displacement of place meaning.

CCFT proposes to explore this critical position in the wake of these economical and societal transformations 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 identity and meaning making.

“No one lives in the world in general, but in localities where human ties and familiar landscapes give rise to sentiments of place”Clifford Geertz

Shauna McMullan


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

The following images, reflections, commentaries and reactions are part of an ongoing dialogue between CCFT members that unfolds, and form narratives that together momentarily create a whole.

Stories of places

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


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.