Anne Cochrane, a member of the Pendle Radicals project volunteer Radical Research Team, shares some fascinating connections discovered during her work as a volunteer researcher and archivist…
I now have three volunteering hats, one is for Burnley Library and the Lancashire Archive, one is for the Pendle Radicals project, and the third is as unofficial keeper of the archive for Lowerhouse Cricket Club, (1862 – and counting). I can prove that all three projects are actually connected, albeit the cricket club link is a bit tenuous, so I can wear all three hats at once, I am thinking flat caps here rather than top hats.
Spodden Valley Revealed Project Manager, Diana Hamilton, brings us up to date with the latest landscape improvement works.
Following the works at Cowm Reservoir (read all about that here),
our SVR capital programme has been upgrading elements along the
greenway and some of the spurs that lead off into the landscape. The
works will help increase access and improve the spaces where the Spodden
Valley stories of the landscape will be revealed and told through a variety of creative methods, including: artist installations; audio; performances; printed and online guides.
Posted onDecember 21, 2018|Comments Off on Magic is all around us as long as we need it… (via SVR)
The latest blog from Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, David Chatton Barker, tells a magical tale from Brown Wardle Hill of the Queen in the Well. Featuring Whitworth Vale & Healey Band, the children’s choir at St Anselm’s School, Lancashire dialect poet Michael Higgins and musician Alison Cooper. The recording also involved many associated musicians of Folklore Tapes and features handmade instruments whose sound perfectly evokes a magical landscape. Read more and listen to the recording on the SVR blog.
Posted onDecember 10, 2018|Comments Off on A fruitful encounter… (via the Radical Echo)
Janet Swan tells of a fruitful encounter between the volunteer Radicals’ Research Team and a knowledgeableguest…
On the 20th November a group of us who have been researching the life of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth as part of the Pendle Radicals Project, met together to look more closely at her poetry and to meet with a very knowledgeable guest.
Posted onDecember 7, 2018|Comments Off on Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches
Pennine Lancashire Greenways
Artists’ Brief – Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches
Majestic viaducts, dark tunnels, ancient mill ruins, shady woodedgroves… Lancashire’s new sustainabletransport plan links up stretches of disused railway into off-road greenways, and offers some brilliant opportunities for creative interpretation. MPA and Lancashire County Council, along with local partners, are working together to deliver a series of artist-led interventions which engage local communities, stimulate curiosity and interest in heritage and the natural environment, foster a sense of pride in the emerging new routes and build community ownership for the long term.
The strategic transport plan for Lancashire is made possible bygovernment funding through the Regional Growth Fund. The plan is led by our partners at Lancashire County Council. Up to 2020, they are investing millions of pounds in joining up the dots of some existing but fragmented cycle routes based on old railway lines, working towards a more joined up network. LCC asked MPA to bring a creative dimension to the programme, and we are delighted to be working with them.
The work is focused on two key routes. The Valley of Stone Greenway will run from Rochdale all the way through Rossendale to Rawtenstall. In Hyndburn, part of the Sustrans national cycle network, NCN route 6, to be named The Branch Line, will link Accrington down past Haslingden and Helmshore to Ramsbottom.
This commission is for a gateway feature at the Shoe Mill/Five Arches junction, a central node that links The Branch Line to key facilities like Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and the newly designated Woodnook Local Nature Reserve. It is also a site with strong links to the industrial and railway heritage of the area.
The final piece should accentuate the connectivity and range of destinations, and may take the form of paving or furniture, although we are open to a range of ideas. It should be low maintenance and the materials/form should take into account the location in terms of exposure to the elements. It should utilise the positive themes of local heritage, collective memories and shared experience.
This commission, to include all fees and costs for research, design, fabrication and installation will be offered at the fixed price of £3,000.
The commissioning panel will include representatives from Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and it is expected that the selected artist will work with a group of young people from Hollins Technology College in developing the final design of the artwork.
The selected artist will have a strong track record in creating work for the public realm. They will have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and a current DBS certificate.
To apply for this commission, please send:
A letter expressing why you are interested in this commission and how you would approach it.
An up to date CV.
Examples of relevant previous work (images, web links etc).
Posted onDecember 4, 2018|Comments Off on The Limer’s Gal and the Queen of the Well… (via SVR)
As part of the Spodden Valley Revealed project David Chatton Barker makes a start as artist in residence at Brown Wardle, introducing his artistic approach, his relationship with this ‘noble and majestic hill’ and how he will explore its landscape and history through a toolbox of creative means…