Posted onMay 9, 2019|Comments Off on A very Radical couple of months… (via The Radical Echo)
Catch up with some of the things we have been up to as part of Pendle Radicals. As Faye Wetherall reports, it’s true to say it has been a very busy and RADICAL few months with lots more to look forward to…
Have YOU got what it takes to be a Radical Explorer?
Posted onMay 7, 2019|Comments Off on Whitworth Skyline Audio Beacons (via SVR)
As part of Spodden Valley Revealed, we have worked with the organisers of the Whitworth Skyline Walk, Whitworth Heritage Museum, artists and local experts, to create an audio collection, telling the story of the landscape.
The stories are told by Dr Whitworth – who narrates the ancient heritage of the Valley from pre-history through to the unique stories of sites such as the Cotton Famine Road.
On the day of the Whitworth Skyline Walk, in 2019 it’s on 12 May, there will be 12 flags across the 14 mile route, designed by artist, Wendy Meadley. The flags are a prompt to listen to the corresponding audio file.
Faye Wetherall brings you the latest on the Pendle Radicals mission to tell the world about Ethel Carnie Holdsworth…
Last week we had yet another successful Ethel Carnie inspired tea party, thanks to great company and, of course, great cake! Ethel Carnie Holdsworth is just one of an extraordinary cast of characters that Pendle Radicals aims to explore. She was the first working class woman in Britain to publish a novel and, despite juggling being a wife and mother, she was a remarkable poet and social activist.
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 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).