As 2016 is coming to a close and winter is drawing in, we are saying goodbye to some of our most cherished projects that we have seen grow and develop throughout the year – and what a year it has been!
We were all extremely sad to say goodbye to Stephen Turner and his Exbury Egg. His presence at Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley and the relationships he built during his residency made it feel like he had always been there. So to say our final goodbyes and watch the beautiful, wooden, weather-worn structure be craned away was really sad, not just for us but for the people of Burnley Wood, who had come to see the Egg as part of their neighbourhood. Over the last six month they have spent time with Stephen, watched the swan the dramas of Finsley Gate unfold and had fun with their neighbours in their many gatherings, whether it be moon gazing, blackberry picking or bug balling.
This is certainly not the end though. The people of Burnley Wood who came to know and love Stephen and his giant Egg will continue to meet and there are plans to go and visit Stephen and the Egg in its new locations around the country as the it goes on tour around the country.
Our resident artist Cath Ford, who is working with Creative Support in Blackburn, is bringing her wonderful project to a close with an exhibition, Creating Happiness. From November 28th the public will be able to visit BB1 for Life café in Blackburn and view the exhibition, meet the artists and take part in a series of workshops.
Jean McEwan is coming to the end of her residency with the Circle of Friends in Blackburn. It has been a wonderful project with many beautiful moments. The group take regular art walks together, collect items, put the world to rights and create wonderful zines. Read more about Jean & Circle of Friends
Louis Ingham and Mark Melville have recently come to the end of their residency with the Pavilion Café in Victoria Park, Nelson. Pop along to the café to listen to their wonderful sound installation and hear the stories and memories of people who love the park.
Video: Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope
Pendle-based art collective In-Situ worked for over a year with US artist and pioneer of performative public art Suzanne Lacy. Working closely with the Pendle community, the project used commonalities like food, conversation and music to create a three-day event in the disused mill at Brierfield. People were given access to the mill and they were able to take part in the creation of a new art film that will premiere in 2017. A huge banquet held at the mill brought over 600 members of the community together in the largest event of its kind in Brierfield. Take a peak at the new behind-the-scenes documentary that will be out soon.
Video: Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
On October 16th 2016 hundreds of people came to King George’s Hall in Blackburn to celebrate 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with a world premiere of an extraordinary musical event that will be going on tour next year. Featuring world-class musicians, soloists and award-winning choirs, the Rhapsody included poems written and performed by Ian McMillan. Watch the teaser here. The full documentary will be out soon.