PLACE TALKS is a series of visual lectures that occurs at, and in collaboration with, the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. Bay Area artists, writers, designers, architects, archivists, librarians (and other curious people) share talks on location-related topics, illustrated by content from the library's collection.

PLACE TALKS is organized by by Nicole Lavelle and Charlie Macquarie.


Our call for proposals for Season 6 (Fall 2019-Spring 2020) is now open! Read the Proposal Guidelines, and then check out the online submission form. *Proposals are due May 31 at 11:59pm.*


ARCHIVE — View the archive of previous seasons of PLACE TALKS lectures.


PLACE TALKS is a platform for performative research, and a dynamic framework for location-oriented inquiry. PLACE TALKS supports the Bay Area creative community by creating a context for exchange that encourages interdisciplinary practices and forges connections through the commonality of place.

ORGANIZERS —Learn more about Charlie and Nicole here.

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PLACE TALKS is funded by the Prelinger Library's residency frameworks, and by donations from the audience. Thanks for your support! The first two seasons of PLACE TALKS were generously funded by an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure, by the Prelinger Library's Artist-in-Residence Program, and by donations from the audience.