The Super Slow Way is an arts programme in Pennine Lancashire shaped by local communities working alongside a wide range of local, national and international artists.
The Super Slow Way takes its name from a poem by Ian McMillan, the Canal & River Trust’s poet laureate for 2012, about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which runs across the area the programme serves. The poem encapsulates the evolution of the canal; from the ‘Super Highway’ of the region’s booming textile industry 200 years ago to the ‘Super Information Highway’ the canal has become today, a fibre optic route for the digital age. The canal is also an important source of nature and tranquility today, a ‘Super Slow Way’ where people and communities can take time out and explore how time can be used more creatively. It’s this transformation of the canal – and its impact – that informs The Super Slow Way’s work with the diverse communities found along the canal’s route, from Blackburn to Pendle.
The vision is for the canal to become a vehicle for bringing communities together on a waterway which everyone shares, exploring how radical and ambitious art programming by the people of Pennine Lancashire can develop creativity, strength and connectedness across and within communities.