It’s just a nondescript one chord teenage angstism.
40 years later, and catalysed by Mid Pennine Arts (no hyphen), who were there right at the start, the idea of a celebration of the local punk scene is born. It slots neatly into Mid Pennine’s Pendle Radicalsproject. We’re close to Pendle (I have a splendid view from the ranch) and by jove we’re radical.
On Saturday 8 February 2020 we had a wonderful evening of music, photography, words and print as the Sick of Being Normal exhibition and event looked back at the punk explosion in the Pendle Hill area in 1979-80, and its legacy. It was the launch of Casey Orr’s exhibition, which was due to be at Burnley Central Library until Easter and then travel on to other venues in Pendle. Of course, Covid-19 meant that plans changed!
At that February event was Feona Hadcroft, a Master of Fine Art student at UcLAN in Preston. As part of her MA Feona wrote a review of the exhibition, which we are excited to share with you.
You can read Feona’s review, and her reflections on the legacy of that time on her and others, over on the Rebel Pen Club blog.
Posted onAugust 3, 2020|Comments Off on The Wonder Women Walk (via the Rebel Pen Club)
Contributors to Pendle Radicals are developing a series of themed Radicals walks. After the Two Toms, celebrating two pioneers of the countryside movement, comes this homage to two inspirational campaigning women. Bob Sproule gives a preview of this urban/rural trek linking historic locations in Nelson and Earby.
To read more about this walk, that takes in locations connected to Selina Cooper and Katharine Bruce Glasier, read Bob’s blog on the Rebel Pen Club site.
Posted onJune 25, 2020|Comments Off on Botanicals – Development in Music & Image (via SVR)
Paul Slater, aka Fabric Lenny, Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, updates us on his investigation of the Whitworth Doctors in the latest blog on the SVR blog site. Paul has been working with long time collaborator Nick Lewis looking at how the stories of the Whitworth Doctors could translate into music and song. One resulting sketch or demo appears below and is inspired by Betty Dawson, referred to here by Nick as Whalebone Betty. Visit the blog to read more about her and the Doctors.
Posted onJune 17, 2020|Comments Off on The Clarion Sunday That Wasn’t (via the Rebel Pen Club)
Last Sunday, 13 June, should have been a big day in the calendar for Clarion House. For 125 years, on Clarion Sunday, riders from Clarion cycling clubs across the North have converged on this historic location, but this year the virus intervened. Artist Alan Ward will be celebrating Clarion Sunday 2021 with a multimedia project for Pendle Radicals. In the meanwhile, he marked the Clarion Sunday that wasn’t with this introductory missive to the cycling clubs, and the gift of a virtual ride to the one and only Clarion House. Read all about it; watch the ride, and find out how you can be involved next year over on our Rebel Pen Club blog.