Super Slow Way aims to spark a creative revolution in Pennine Lancashire. We are working with communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, connecting people with local, national and international artists and commissioning projects that allow for collaboration, exploration of new ideas and experimentation with innovative approaches.

Hugging the Canal

Singing for their supper, artists Jennifer Reid and Simon Woolham set off to walk the 127 miles of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, exchanging their traditional songs with inn keepers along the way for accommodation and food.

Alwin Reamillo – Harkat

Harkat, devised by Philippine artist Alwin Reamillo in collaboration with Action Factory and the Canalside Community Centre was a cross-cultural project that celebrated the spirit of journey, diversity and community.

Circle of Friends Go Walking

Circle of Friends Go Walking' was a collaboration between artist Jean McEwan and Blackburn Circle of Friends group. Together they explored playful, creative ways of walking, wandering and wondering.

Kinara Festival

The Love & Etiquette Foundation brought a month of events celebrating Islamic culture to Pennine Lancashire.

Blackburn Canal Festival

Blackburn Canal Festival was done the Super Slow Way in celebration of 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

The Island of Mill Hill

Anthony Schrag worked with the people of Mill Hill to investigate what it means to be a 'Mill Hiller'.

Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

A specially commissioned Rhapsody by composer Ian Stephens featuring a libretto by Ian McMillan came to Blackburn.

idle women

idle women's floating arts centre for women and girls visited sites along the canal in Pennine Lancashire throughout 2016.


Artist Najia Bagi worked with the young people at Nightsafe in Blackburn to explore their relationships and ideas of identity.

Cataloguing Padiham

Harriet Lawton collaborated with Gawthorpe Hall and Padiham residents in a series of workshops, culminating in a label trail through Padiham in summer 2016.

Creative Support

Artist Cath Ford worked with Creative Support at the BB1 for Life cafe in Blackburn.

Verd de Gris – Voluntary Carers in Care Homes Service and Carers Trust Dementia Project

Verd de Gris worked with two carers groups in Blackburn in a series of creative workshops.

Melville & Co – Victoria Park Community Café, Nelson

A collective of artists investigated the stories, memories and lives of the people who visit Victoria Park.

Men Who Care

Artist William Titley worked with male carers in collaboration with Carer's Link.