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Liam Johnstone

MA work

At The Heart Of The Crystal Expanse

Documentation of the regeneration of housing estates in Thamesmead, south east London. The project aims to preserve the voice and experience of residents affected by the demolition and redevelopment of the site in its state of transition.

In the resulting publication, the experience of the regeneration is expressed first-hand through four interviews with residents directly and indirectly affected. The interviews are encased within a science fiction narrative, which serves to expand and exaggerate the tensions and contradictions present between each active agent in the regeneration.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2019



  • A research-led designer working with publications, typography and moving image.

    My practice combines documentary research, narrative storytelling and satire to explore the human voice and experience inside broader social structures.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Arts and Design, Leeds Beckett University, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • All Sorts, LS6 Cafe, Leeds, 2014; Rejected Content, The BASE, Leeds, 2014; Creative Beings, White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, 2014; After Nature EEA, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Norway, 2015; Quatre Cinq, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, 2015; inFLUX, Gallery at Munro House, Leeds, 2016; I miss you forever and ever Norway xoxo, blip blip blip, Leeds, 2016; Misc. Leeds Beckett degree show, Broadcasting Place, Leeds, 2016; &Model/North Brewing Co, North Brewing Co, Leeds, 2016; Research, Design, Publish, Peckham Liberal Club, London, 2018