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About Us

 

Animating public spaces with art, design and culture

 
 
 

Deco Publique was founded by Elena Gifford and Lauren Zawadzki in 2014 and is based in Morecambe, just off the Victorian Promenade. Our aspiration is to bring the quality of international cultural experiences to the places we live and work - seaside spaces, waterfronts and northern towns. 

Our practice centres on creative regeneration and placemaking in civic spaces. We devise cultural festivals both large and small, and projects that link communities with creative opportunities. Deco Publique has produced award-winning festivals including Vintage by the Sea and Transatlantic 175, and in 2017 we launched the groundbreaking National Festival of Making in Blackburn

From creative development to operations we collaborate with clients to deliver new work from inception to evaluation.

We love creating unforgettable moments in civic spaces - transforming seafronts, canal towpaths and town centres with uplifting, accessible and memorable experiences.

 
 

Our Team

 

 
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L A U R E N  Z A W A D Z K I - D I R E C T O R 

With an extensive background in large scale commercial construction, Lauren brings a unique practical and commercial knowledge to the cultural industries.

Lauren leads on overall festival direction and Deco Publique business development. With an interest in music and theatre and a first class honors degree from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Lauren curates our festival music stages and club nights. She has brought the likes of Hacienda’s Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam and Graham Park to Morecambe's seafront. 

Lauren also commissions new music and food based projects for festivals including work with More Music and Beatphreak and The Town is the Menu with Nigel Haworth at Blackburn's National Festival of Making.

There is almost no area of Deco Publique planning, production and curation that Lauren doesn't have a hand in.

@LaurenZawadzki

E L E N A   G I F F O R D - D I R E C T O R 

Elena initiates and produces creative work from festivals to art commissions with an aim of creating high-quality, meaningful interventions in public spaces, bringing fantastic experiences to communities.

Recent work includes commissioning and creatively producing Art in Manufacturing - a residency programme that saw nine artists work with mass manufacturers in Pennine Lancashire. The project animated Blackburn with installations and performances in the towns most contemporary and most historic spaces. As part of this project Elena also commissioned the film, Front Room Factories.

Working with specialists, Elena leads PR, communications and design development for Deco Publique’s projects and with the team develops the creative programme across festivals and events. 

Elena’s is currently working around the 90 mile Morecambe Bay coastline to produce a series of Landscape Art Commissions for Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Headlands to Headspace project.

@ElenaKates

 

 

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Alex Zawadzki 

As a maker herself, Alex leads on curating our festival marketplaces and food trader concessions - seeking out the best new and established contemporary crafters, makers, and producers. 

What lands on Alex's desk changes every day, from creating content for our National Festival of Making website and delivering our in-house design work, including the brand development work for Street pARTy and the creative development and delivery of Art Park.

Follow Alex's personal work on Instagram for a curated selection of rituals, masks, costumes and disguises @agressivepassive

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Benedict Gifford

Ben is our resident copywriter, supporting the team to develop narrative across festivals and project websites, event programme and promotion, press releases, and funding applications.   

Ben builds audience awareness through website and social media networks on Deco Publique and project specific platforms.  

For the National Festival of Making website Ben worked with O Production to brief and develop the festival's films. 

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Deco Crew

For each activity we call on our brilliant crew who help us make amazing things possible - building, shifting, creating, getting in, getting out, and celebrating at the end. 

We work with production and PR specialists to deliver and promote events and designers and artists to visualise and create work.

Check out new opportunities to work with us and follow us on social @decopublique for open calls.

 

JOIN US HERE TO FOLLOW OUR WORK AND FIND HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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Deco Publique has been supported with funding kindly provided by