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A Volunteer’s Progress

Dominique Dunand-Clarke reflects on her time with MPA (so far)!

On a warm April morning in 2011 I crossed the park and climbed the steep hill to Clitheroe Castle, I was going to take part in an arts project which I knew involved the Castle, a composer and a recording of my voice as I hummed a song. As somebody who has never listed singing as one of my talents I was a little apprehensive. I soon realised I needn’t have been when I met Rebecca Alexander and Lucy Green, two members of the Mid Pennine Arts team, who were very friendly and put me at my ease as well as assuring me that however bad my singing was the talented compositional skills of Ailís Ní Ríain would transform the sound!

My first day at MPA

The project was called Taken and Ailís did indeed create a beautiful sound installation from the donated hums of the local people who took part, which was played in the castle keep for a year and transformed the space. While I was at the castle I plucked up the courage to ask Lucy and Rebecca if I would be able to volunteer for Mid Pennine Arts to gain some experience while I was at university.

I am glad I did because three years later and I’m still here and have gained experience in an extremely wide variety of areas including: assisting artists with research to dressing as an Elizabethan Lady of the Manor; updating MPA’s website to hanging photographs outdoors in the rain, on a windy day in Burnley’s town centre, which as most people who work in the arts will know, is a very useful skill to master.

A windy day in Burnley.

While volunteering for MPA I have had the opportunity to gain training such as being qualified to deliver the bronze and silver arts awards as well as learning about marketing and project management. After I graduated from university and was looking for employment within the arts it was invaluable to be volunteering for an organisation with so many contacts within the arts community and my work with MPA certainly enabled me to apply for my current job in arts management.

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Volunteering has been a hot topic recently with questions raised about how helpful it is to volunteer as an unemployed young person. I would say that if you volunteer for the right organisation you get back what you put in. Mid Pennine Arts has certainly been the right organisation for me and I am still enjoying my varied role here, the best part of it being that I am never bored!

If you would like the opportunity to find out more about volunteering with Mid Pennine Arts, do not hesitate to email me. I am normally in the office every Friday however I will be out of the office on Friday 17th and Friday 24th of January.

Think Big!

As a volunteer for Mid Pennine Arts many new opportunities have come my way. I am pleased to say that with the support of MPA I have received funding from O2’s Think Big campaign to realise my own project and I am very excited to begin!

My project is called Pass It On and its all about sharing skills and knowledge. I want to create a chain of people who pass on skills to each other. Each person would learn something new and then teach a different skill to the next person in the chain. It’s a great chance to meet new people and get involved in a project to be proud of. I also want to document each skill sharing session and potentially hold a small exhibition to share the experiences.

All I need now are some volunteers to participate! The skills I am looking for do not have to be complicated the only criteria is to teach someone something new. In a practice run of this project people taught things like how to cook soup, meditation and how to mix songs as a DJ. I believe that everybody has talents they can pass on and who wouldn’t benefit from learning something new? To get involved please email, projects@midpenninearts.org.uk or call on 01282 421 986 (ext 206). I am aiming to fit the project around the participants to make it as convenient as possible so it should not encroach on any other commitments that volunteers may have. The total time commitment is 4-5 non consecutive days between mid February and mid May.

This project is open to anybody to come and learn something and have some fun in the process! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Dominique Dunand-Clarke
Project Assistant

Avenue Parade artist commission

Artist / Designer Brief

Sculptural Gateway Commission

Avenue Parade Entrance, Peel Park, Accrington

 

Introduction

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects acrossLancashire.

 

Project Background

Peel Park and the Coppice is a large parcel of public open space quite close to Accrington town centre. Much of Peel Park and particularly the Coppice at the top of the park have a spectacular, natural beauty. There is a great love for the area locally and it is used for walking, basket ball, children’s play, bowling, picnicing, allotment holders, a cut through, bird watching and meeting friends but poor access points and unattractive entrances create and reinforce a feeling of dereliction.

Over the past few years Lancashire County Council have funded the Peel Park and Coppice Master Plan, the plan suggests a series of improvements to the area.

Phase I improvements to the main access path and steps up to the refurbished Peel Monument were completed last year.

Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council are moving forward with the refurbishment of Avenue Parade Entrance as the next stage. The improvement programme will take place during 2011.

At present the entrance has stained and graffitied stone pillars, unsightly railings and barbed wire, uneven surfaces and untidy bollards.

The Sculptural Gateway Commission aims to link with the recent improvements to create an exciting entrance and raise the profile of future developments within the park.

A new, more inviting space will create an entrance that the community can take pride in and respect, encouraging more residents to use the park and take ownership of this important facility.

 

Proposal

Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/designer to create a sculptural entrance feature for Avenue Parade Entrance,Peel Park. The entrance commands an imposing position within the town and the commission will highlight this position to create impact both visually and emotionally for the community.

The new entrance will represent a new life for the park, encouraging exploration and involvement.

There will be flexibility within what the commission can encompass as part of the overall entrance programme, therefore the commission budget is also reasonably flexible.  To accommodate this, 3 designs will shortlisted. A small payment will be made to allow the designs to be developed for public presentation.

Additional improvement works that could be included in a proposal as part of an overall treatment for the site;

The existing boundary to the side of the entrance is due to be widened and landscaped. New hard surfacing, fencing, gates, bollards and planting could form part of any new entrance feature.

Site maps and the practical needs and constraints of this project are available here:

Supporting Information Avenue Parade Entrance

1.Master Plan showing Peel Park and area.

2.Showing existing plan and new park&allotment boundary line

3.Showing potential extent of entrance site. Up to adopted highway boundary only

1.View - extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

1.View – extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

The 3 selected proposals are likely to show:

  1. An exciting design solution that creates impact for the site
  2. A practical and sympathetic solution that will work with or help create a new pedestrian and non vehicular access to the park
  3. The ability to present the design publicly

 

The designs will need to:

  1. Show  thought given to the practicalities and constraints of the site
  2. Be relatively maintenance free

 

The 3 selected artist/designers will need to have experience of 

(or show resources to accommodate):

  1.  Working with local Councils and partners
  2.  Working with schools and community groups
  3.  Working with Landscape Architects and Planners
  4.  Working to a budget
  5.  Working to deadlines
  6.  Working within the realms of large scale public art/design

 

Once selected the 3 selected artist/designers will be expected to:

  1. Develop their proposals through research and consultation with the steering group, landscape architects and the commissioners
  2. Develop the design through research and consultation with the landscape architects andHyndburnBCPlanning
  3. Be CRB checked
  4. Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
  5. Outline construction methods and materials, including cost estimates and design fees

 

If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the ‘site maps and practical needs and constraints’ above or contact:

Helen Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)

 

Budget

Please note that after the initial short listing, we anticipate that a maximum of 3 short listed artists will be paid a fee of £200 to further work up the proposal ideas for final submission.

An estimated commission budget of £29,000 is available to cover: artist/design fees, materials and installation and all other commission costs.

 

Deadline for applications:  Tueday 27th September 2011

 

Initial Shortlisting Date: 28th September 2011

 

The three selected candidates will need to re submit their developed proposals by 10th October 2011

 

Timescale: The Commission will need to be completed before the end of December 2011 (subject to planning permission)

All applications will be acknowledged.

 

To apply please post:

  1. A letter expressing interest with contact details and availability.
  2. A project proposal, including basic budget.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 10 images of artist/designer’s previous work.

(If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)

 

Please post applications to:

Helen Yates

Community and Projects Officer

Mid Pennine Arts

1 Neptune St

Weavers’ Triangle

Burnley

BB11 1SF

 

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208

(helen@midpenninearts.org.uk)

www.midpenninearts.org.uk

 

The above Commission is funded by Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Arts Council England

Preston to Bamber Bridge Gateways Commission

Artist Brief 

Preston to Bamber Bridge Gateways Commission

Introduction

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects across Lancashire.

 

Project Background

The Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway* has recently been completed by REMADE and is now managed by Lancashire County Council. It occupies a green corridor which was formally theYorkshire and Lancashire (and Penwortham Spur) Railway line. Constructed in 1848 and dismantled in the 1960’s, the line used embankments to minimise gradients and keep the railway well above the River Ribble flood plain.

The route forms a triangle leading to Preston Railway Station, city centre in the north, Penwortham Mills, Factory Lanein the south and a spur which extends westwards to Leyland Road, Penwortham. The main gateway into the city centre does not form part of this commission, this gateway is likely to be considered at a later stage.

The overall length of the Greenway is approximately 2.7km, and the site occupies an area of 13 hectares, it’s raised wooded corridor straddling the boundary betweenPrestonandSouth Ribble.  South of the River Ribble the embankment has been naturally regenerated and it is managed as a Local Nature Reserve by Lancashire County Council Countryside Services and crosses open farmland and playing fields. Further North the route bisects Avenham and Miller Parks, which have recently been renovated. The route now forms part of the National Cycle Network and at certain points the route provides good views out of the site where the full extent of Preston City Centre can be observed.

* A greenway is a route designed to provide a safe route for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians with no other vehicular access, linking communities and destination.

 

The Two Entrance Sites

Bamber Bridge Entrance (bottom right entrance on map – see supporting information below)

The southern entrance to the greenway is at Penwortham Mills,Factory Lane. This entrance has a large existing kissing gate and it is likely that this will stay. This entrance structure is positioned in a dip between embankments, in what is part of the green route area. The suggestion is that a new sculptural feature should be placed further up the incline away from the kissing gate. Placed in this site, a new sculptural feature would command a better position to be viewed and to view from.

Penwortham Spur Entrance (middle left entrance on map – see supporting information below)

The western entrance to the greenway is at Leyland Road, Penwortham. This entrance has a small, not highly visible access from Leyland Road, a busy road in Penwortham. A kissing gate at present provides an entrance but this could be removed or incorporated in a new gateway feature as long as the design allows accessibility to horse riders, cyclists and motorised scooters whilst restricting other vehicular access to the site. The entrance from this end does need to be made more visible and welcoming.

 

Proposal

Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/s to work on a gateway project which would involve the creation of two sculptural pieces for the Bamber Bridge entrance and the Penwortham Spur entrance to the Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway.

Mid Pennine Arts are asking for the submission of project proposals that will allow the steering group to see what could potentially be achieved on the two sites.

Supporting information for this project is available here Preston to Bamber Bridge Updated Site Boundary 14 June 06 This map shows the location of the Greenway site. The Gateway Commission sites will involve the entrance at the bottom right (Bamber Bridge) and the middle left (Penwortham) of the map.

Bamber Bridge  entrance showing incline to the proposed sculptural gateway site

Bamber Bridge entrance showing incline to the proposed sculptural gateway site

 

Proposed site for the sculptural Gateway at Penwortham from the road.

Proposed site for the sculptural Gateway at Penwortham from the road.

Proposed site for sculptural Gateway at Penwortham entrance

Proposed site for sculptural Gateway at Penwortham entrance

From proposed sculptural gateway site showing long linear stretch through trees towards City centre

From proposed sculptural gateway site showing long linear stretch through trees towards City centre

From proposed sculptural Gateway site showing incline down to  Bamber Bridge entrance

From proposed sculptural Gateway site showing incline down to Bamber Bridge entrance

 

Showing route  down to the Penwortham entrance at the end of the trees.

Showing route down to the Penwortham entrance at the end of the trees.

 

The proposal will show:

  1. How 2 local schools (possibly one primary and one secondary) will be engaged through the delivery of the project
  2.  How the project will respond to the two sites

The design proposal will need to:

  1. Reflect the site and provide an interesting and welcoming entrance for users
  2. Engage the schools through the delivery of a creative workshop programme
  3. Show how the design will be developed further

The commissioned artist/s will be expected to:

  1. Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
  2. Produce a project scheme which will outline workshops, a budget covering; workshop and design fees, materials, fabrication, installation, transport costs and maintenance costs
  3. Lead a series of 4 creative workshops in each school
  4. Develop the submitted design proposal and deliver two sculptural gateway pieces
  5. Ensure the designs are relatively maintenance free
  6. Work closely with Lancashire County Council
  7. Be CRB checked
  8. Have full Public Liability cover

 

The commissioned artist/s will need to have experience of (or show resources to accommodate):

  1. Working with schools
  2. Working creatively
  3. Working to a budget
  4. Working to deadlines
  5. Working with partners
  6. Working with Local Authorities

 

Workshops – Creative Programme 

  1. It is recommended that 8 workshop sessions are delivered by, or in collaboration with, an experienced artist.
  2. All workshop leaders need to be CRB checked

 

If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the supporting information above or contact:

Helen c Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)

Budget

A budget of £10,000 is available to cover; workshops, design fees, materials, fabrication and installation of two sculptural gateway features. (some installation costs could be covered within the wider site maintenance costs)

A contingency amount is recommended.

 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 28th September 2011

Selection: Monday 3rd October 2011:

 

Timescale: Commencement of project 17th October 2011, delivery and installation before 9th December 2011

 

All applications will be acknowledged.

 

To apply please post:

  1. A letter expressing interest, specifying relevant experience, contact details and availability.
  2. A brief outline proposal for the project.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 15 images of relevant previous work.

(If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)

Please post applications to:

Helen c Yates

Community andProjectsOfficer

Mid Pennine Arts

1,Neptune St

Weavers Triangle

Burnley

BB11 1SF

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208

Helen@midpenninearts.org.uk

www.midpenninearts.org.uk

The above commission is funded by Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.

Contemporary Heritage Research Residency and Commission opportunity at Turton Tower.

Contemporary Heritage Research Residency and Commission opportunity at Turton Tower.

Venue: Turton Tower, Chapeltown Road, Turton, nr Bolton, BL7 0HG

Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing is an ambitious programme of site-responsive commissions at some of Lancashire’s most spectacular and colourful historic venues and sites. The interventions animate each place and offer visitors the opportunity to experience major works of art outside urban centres.

Mid Pennine Arts, in collaboration with Turton Tower, wish to commission an arts practitioner of national or international standing to create temporary new work(s) in response to the history and architecture of Turton Tower.

A welcome extension to this commissioning programme, enabled by Arts Council England funding through the Perspectives of Pennine Lancashire network, is a Research Residency programme to take place at two Contemporary Heritage venues, Turton Tower and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, in Autumn 2012.

Interested artists and collaborators must visit Turton Tower before submitting an expression of interest. We recommend visiting Not Forgotten and TAKEN too, if possible. These commissions demonstrate the quality of work, and the vision and ambition of the programme.

Deadline for expression of interest for the research residency is Monday 5th September 2011.