The end of Not Forgotten…

NEWS RELEASE: 01.09.11

Not Forgotten will be long remembered

Towneley’s iconic contemporary art installation to end in September

MID Pennine Arts, the driving force for the arts in Pennine Lancashire, has this week urged people to take a last opportunity to visit the Not Forgotten installation at Burnley’s Towneley Hall.

Not Forgotten was the first installation in Mid Pennine Arts’ Contemporary Heritage programme and comes to a close after a year. The installation featured the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Geraldine Pilgrim.

The installation featuring a four-poster bed with a tree growing through it has been very positively received by the thousands of visitors to Towneley Hall and park, having been launched during last year’s Heritage Open Days.

The installation was inspired by a family portrait painted in 1601 of John and Mary Towneley and their fourteen children, which depicts the family as though all the children had survived to adulthood. Geraldine Pilgrim was very moved by the portrait and her response was the Not Forgotten installation which she described as a 3D family tree.

The end of Not Forgotten’s run coincides with this year’s Heritage Open Days, so Mid Pennine Arts are urging people to take a last chance to see the Not Forgotten installation, whilst enjoying free access to Towneley Hall.

Nick Hunt, Mid Pennine Arts’ Creative Director, said: “Not Forgotten has enjoyed a great run – it is a beautiful installation and it rapidly became established as a focal point for visitors to Towneley Hall and Park. Its launch coincided with Heritage Open Days – the celebration of England’s fantastic architecture and culture that offers free access to properties that normally charge for admission.”

“It’s sad that Not Forgotten will be coming to an end, but it’s been a great success and widely acclaimed – and let’s not forget, the Contemporary Heritage programme continues! Taken by Ailis Ni Riain is the latest installation in the programme at Clitheroe Castle Museum. It’s a sound installation that uses music to animate the Castle Keep. The composition is inspired by the story of the Lancashire Witches and the 400thanniversary of the Witch trials in 2012.”

“My suggestion is that you should get the most out of Heritage Open Days between 8-11 September, by seeing the end of Not Forgotten at Towneley Hall and also experiencing Taken at Clitheroe Castle – as you’ll also get free entry to two of Pennine Lancashire’s superb heritage venues.”


Notes to Editors

If you require further information, images or would like to interview Nick Hunt from Mid Pennine Arts – please call Jacqueline Jordan from Brandspankin’ on 01282 878 301 or email

About Mid Pennine Arts

We are a driving force for the arts, recognised nationally and internationally for devising and delivering integrated programmes that inspire, surprise and delight.  We work in some of the most deprived communities in the UK yet have a longstanding track record of powerful, high quality work, demonstrating profound social and economic impacts.  Our portfolio includes prize-winning public art for breathtaking landscape settings.  Commissions of bold, contemporary work combine dynamically with exemplary programmes of creative learning and creative community engagement. Strong relationships with extensive networks of local partners have been consolidated over decades.

Our mission: we bring art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives.

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