Rebecca Chesney Canal Walks – Blackburn

Artist Rebecca Chesney will be in residency along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal over the next year working with people who live alongside the Leeds & Liverpool canal to investigate and imagine its possibilities.

Together they will explore the flora and fauna along the way: plants, animals, insects and birds using the canal as a habitat, and look at our relationship with the nature of the canal, how we share the space and the impact we have on each other in order to think about the possibilities to enhance and encourage what is already there.

In June Rebecca will be inviting groups and individuals to walk stretches of the canal with her between Blackburn and Nelson to explore the natural environment and heritage of the canal. If you’d be interested in taking part the dates are the 14th, 16th, 17th and 21st June please email Uzma Raziq at to book a place. Walks will be restricted to 8 people.

In the meantime you can join Rebecca from the comfort of home on a series of short walks along the Leeds & Liverpool canal in Blackburn, Church, Burnley and Nelson where she’ll chat about what she see’s and point out what you might discover there link here for films . You can can download hand drawn maps of Rebecca’s walks here too of BlackburnChurchBurnley and Nelson

You can read more about Rebecca’s work on her blog here

Rebecca’s residency forms part of our current Linear Park feasibility study in partnership with Canal & River Trust, Lancashire County Council, Creative Lancashire and  Arts Council England – read more about this here: