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Today on 25th of June we …. (via accymarkethallbanners)

What the fabulous Project Pride team for Accrington have been up to!

Today on 25th of June we .... Today on saturday 25th of June we have been making some decision about the openings (preview & the official launch) and the invitations for the unveiling of our heritage banners for the Market Hall. So far we have decided to serve refreshments like juice, coffee and tea and hot pies with peas or gravy (this is a very important decision!). We have put our heads together to create a press release and now we are designing the invitations. Not ba … Read More

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Project Pride Nelson gets stuck in. (via Project Pride Nelson)

The latest on Project Pride in Nelson

Project Pride Nelson gets stuck in. The heat is on as the launch hurtles towards us with increasing rapidity and, simultaneously it is also exam & assessment time in school for most of the participants. The group have been working on arranging the launch, designing the invitations, deciding who will come & what food we will order. Since last entry, the promotional image for the textile bags has gone off to print, calls have been made to the Ace Centre confirming our booking … Read More

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Project Pride Nelson Gets Creative (via Project Pride Nelson)

The latest from Project Pride Nelson.

Project Pride Nelson Gets Creative The group met in the textile room at Marsden Heights School today, all 15 participants were present …….. and, after a quick word about Arts Award we set to work with fervour. We recapped on last weeks session and the ideas that had been generated there, Yumna and Ingela offered to make the patchwork for the sleeves. Ingela taught Jenny some machine embroidery skills too. I let the group know that I had sourced a firm that would embroider some … Read More

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The Dress Appears. (via Project Pride Nelson)

The latest about Project Pride Nelson.

The Dress Appears. The group has done most of its research and now is the time to use this to develop the final piece. Last week I sourced a dress and a shop display mannequin. As soon as the participants saw the dress ideas started to fly. We began the session by developing an action plan, everything has to be completed by Friday July 1st 2011 & so this leaves 6 sessions in which to complete the exhibit, design & order promotional material & organise t … Read More

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Project Pride Nelson Begins! (via Project Pride Nelson)

A lovely update on the progress of Project Pride in Nelson by artist Karen Alderson.

Project Pride Nelson Begins! Project Pride Nelson has its background in ‘Talking Shop’, an art and regeneration project managed by MidPennine Arts (MPA). Talking Shop has encompassed projects that focus on the importance of independent trade in local communities. See Project Pride Nelson’s aims are  -to enable young people involved in the project to learn about how Nelson has developed through the growth of trade and industry to … Read More

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Mid Pennine Arts announces Project Pride artists

NEWS RELEASE: 20.04.11

Mid Pennine Arts announces Project Pride artists

Innovative arts programme to enhance civic pride in Accrington, Burnley & Nelson

MID Pennine Arts has this week announced the names of the artists who will be creative facilitators for Project Pride – the ground-breaking scheme that focuses on the heritage of Burnley, Accrington and Nelson.

The major new project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme, and organisers hope that research conducted over the next few months will help young people to interpret the heritage of three Pennine Lancashire towns for the local community.

In Burnley, theatre practitioner Paul Hine and filmmaker Gino Evans will be re-animating the heritage of Burnley’s Weavers’ Triangle with a piece of unique multi-media promenade theatre. They will be assisted by young people from Blessed Trinity RC College who are going to help set the scene, as audiences are transported back in time with smoke, mirrors, and some ultra modern technology!

In Accrington, Textile artist Lisa Watson is working with young people from Hollins Technology College. They’ll be creating a large-scale set of banners that will be hung in Accrington Market Hall echoing the history of the building and the stories of the shoppers, workers and stallholders that have passed through the building during the last century, with words and images on a colourful textile background.

In Nelson, creative facilitator and artist Karen Alderson will be working with a group of girls from Marsden Heights Community College. They’ll be looking at how Nelson has evolved over the years and the changing nature of trade in the town centre. The group will create an artwork for display in the ACE Centre and the exhibition launch will coincide with celebrations that are planned for the re-opening of Manchester Road through the town centre.

Lucy Green, Mid Pennine Arts’ project coordinator for Project Pride, said: ”Young people from Accrington, Burnley and Nelson are leading this project and are helping to redefine what makes their area unique. We hope that this process and the artwork that is produced will help encourage the community to celebrate their local area. “

Lucy added: “Ultimately we want to help inspire everyone involved in the project to think differently about our towns. There’s such a lot to be positive about across the towns of Pennine Lancashire and this project will tap into the latent civic pride that we all share about the towns where we live! ”


Notes to Editors

If you require further information, images or would like to interview Lucy Green from Mid Pennine Arts – please call Julian 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.

Mid Pennine Arts Charity registration number 250642

Streets in Action Highlights!

I was kindly invited by Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of the National Authority of British Market Authorities (NABMA for short) to speak at their conference in Birmingham last week on 27th Jan. The theme was Streets in Action, and I was able to present a case study of Talking Shop in Lancaster, where we’ve been putting artwork into empty shop windows around the city.

It was a great opportunity to show market and town centre managers what can be achieved when you work in a creative way in town centres, and I spoke alongside Alice Angus, the artist who worked on the project. See the website for more info:

I also got to hear from some speakers that I would never otherwise have come across, working as I do in the arts sector. Here are my conference highlights:

Chuggers Watch Out!

Did you know that a ‘chugger’ (short for charity mugger!) can only take three paces towards you, three alongside you, and three following you in their bid to get your attention? Any more than these nine steps and they are contravening the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association ‘Code of Conduct’ that the charities employing them are usually signed up to. So email any complaints about contravening of this rule to – apparently he loves a good complaint, as Head of Standards it means he can make sure he is doing his job!

Character Zones

Apparently this is the buzzword taking over from Cultural Quarters, which are close to my heart as many moons ago I wrote my dissertation about them. I like the idea that an area is celebrated for its ‘character’, which can apply to a wider range of contexts.

Ambush Marketing

Staff from the Olympic 2012 team told us about this and their attempts to control it for the games next year. Ambush marketing is basically when people don’t get permission for advertising in public spaces and hijack a building or public space – so for example projecting images on the Houses of Parliament or parking an empty bus covered in advertising behind news reporters at the scene of an event. Sounds like fun, but I can only imagine the mayhem if they didn’t try to control it.

So some very different perspectives for me gained from the day, and I met several useful contacts too. Also got to meet the lovely Nick Owen of ‘Anne and Nick’ breakfast TV fame who was presenting awards, so a minor celeb-spot too, which always makes my day!

Lucy Green,

Talking Shop Project Coordinator