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



Lauren Zawadzki, Co-Founder & Partner

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.



Elena Gifford, Co-Founder & Partner

Elena leads the creative direction of Deco Publique. Her aim is to create high-quality, meaningful interventions in public spaces, bringing fantastic experiences to communities.

With a background in fashion and design research in the creative industries, Elena directs PR and communications and design development for Deco Publique’s projects. Locally, Elena creatively produces both large and small art-led projects that support Morecambe’s development as a cultural destination including Deco Publique’s creative regeneration project Art Park.

Her most recent work includes commissioning and creatively producing Art in Manufacturing - a unique residency programme that saw artists work with mass manufacturers. The project animated Blackburn with installations and performances in disused locations and town centre spaces. As part of this project Elena also commissioned the film, Front Room Factories.





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.


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. 


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.




Deco Publique has been supported with funding kindly provided by