On Belonging - Duality

In association with Lancaster Arts

May 2021 - December 2021

With Lancaster Arts I will be reflecting on questions of belonging and identity through meeting people living in Lancaster and Morecambe over the next few months as part of research and development. 

Working with ethnically and culturally diverse communities in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding rural area considering the theme of duality – what it is to be ‘of’ more than one place. I will be asking questions, listening to the answers and seeing where that leads us.  

I am keen to work with communities who either have previously or are now addressing these issues, including those who recognise the common experience of feeling they do not actually belong anywhere. It will be interesting to begin to think about what it takes to create a sense of belonging. Is this through language, food, clothing, places, people, art, colours, cultural events, or something else?  

For me, the most exciting thing about this commission is having the freedom to adapt depending on what I find out during this period of research. As an artist of mixed-race heritage, I am fascinated by what represents home, paying attention to when I do and don’t feel that I belong in any given place or community. These questions of dual identity and what it is to belong have been in my thoughts for a very long time.  

After this stage of connecting with local communities I want to find out what represents a sense of belonging to more than one place for people here, I am planning to make small artworks based on this research to be placed in public spaces. After the sense of isolation so widely felt during the global pandemic, it is important to work directly with people, finding out what has brought them together, or could do so in the future, and indeed what pushed them apart from each other.

If you live in Lancaster, Morecambe or the surrounding rural area and this sounds intriguing and you would like to say hello, please get in touch with lauren@lancasterarts.org

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