Category Archives: Project Pride

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.

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