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Partners

Super Slow Way is a consortium comprising the Canal & River Trust, Newground, Arts Partners Pennine Lancashire (APPL) and the district authorities of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley and Pendle. In 2013 the consortium secured £2 million from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme for a three year partnership project to help establish the Leeds & Liverpool Canal corridor through Pennine Lancashire as an exemplar of socially engaged arts, reflecting the area’s rich cultural diversity and creativity.

For this new phase the consortium has been  strengthened by the addition of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as well as Creative Lancashire.

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales. The Trust is building on a historic and fruitful association between the arts and waterways through its Arts on the Waterways programme. The programme is enabling talented artists and producers to slow down, reflect and present great art across the waterways cared for by the Trust.

APPL (Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire) brings together independent, professional arts organisations based within the area and working with local communities. Current members are Action Factory Community Arts, Burnley Youth Theatre, Culturapedia, Horse + Bamboo, Huckleberry Films, In-Situ and Mid Pennine Arts.

Newground started in Lancashire as one of the original Groundwork Trusts in 1983, delivering environmental and community programmes that regenerated local communities and improved the lives of the people that lived there.  In 2007 the three Groundwork Trusts in East Lancashire merged to form Groundwork Pennine Lancashire to increase the impact of the work delivered. In June 2013, Groundwork Pennine Lancashire became a member of the Together Housing Group, a leading provider of quality affordable and modern homes for rent across the North of England. The group’s shared vision is ‘to make a better future, together’. On 27th September 2013, Groundwork Pennine Lancashire became Newground to reflect both geographical growth and the increased range of services that offered.

UCLAN is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, the University has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to an evolving portfolio of Dentistry programmes to meet emerging sector needs. Undergraduate Medicine has now been added to that list, a course being delivered in one of the UK’s most modern and inclusive Medical Schools.

Creative Lancashire is here to strengthen existing businesses, support new enterprises and to raise the competitiveness and profile of the creative & digital sector in Lancashire. The team have the expertise, contacts and drive to help you achieve your potential through providing a number of services including; advocating for creativity & design, building collaborations & networking opportunities and giving creative & digital business advice. Creative Lancashire have recently published a report to illustrate the economic success and impact of the creative economy across the Lancashire region.