Is Super Slow Way a funding agency?

No, we’re an arts programme hosted by the Canal & River Trust. We exist to support and commission new arts activity with people in Pennine Lancashire. We can support projects that help build a more creative, a more artistically robust and a more culturally cohesive Pennine Lancashire.  We do not want to start our conversations on the basis of budgets but on the basis of creative endeavour, social engagement and artistic ambition. We want to talk art and possibilities first and money later.

Where is the application form?

There are no forms. We develop projects based on good ideas and conversations around community engagement. If you are an artist with a socially engaged practice or a community or organisation that would like to work with an artist, we would like to hear from you. Contact us.

What do you mean by Pennine Lancashire and on the canal?

Pennine Lancashire is comprised of the boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal runs through all these areas, connecting people and places together and providing the inspiration behind the programme. It is not necessary for a project to be based on the canal to be supported by Super Slow Way, but it must reach the communities around it.

What if we have an idea that is already in development or running with another funder?

Come and talk to us. We are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to pursue projects in the areas where we are funded to work. We believe in the power of partnership and collaboration.

We are here to provide opportunities to try out new ideas and new approaches so we can’t support something which is already working well or has been running for some time. However, if you have ideas about taking something in a new direction, then we would like to hear from you. Contact us.

What will be expected in return for Super Slow Way’s support?

Firstly and most importantly, you will be expected to take a chance to do things differently and to see where art and new possibilities can take you and everyone else involved. Secondly, like all publicly funded programmes, we have some monitoring and evaluation requirements, so we will ask you from time to time to give us feedback.

What will happen if our idea is rejected?

When you tell us about your idea, we see it as the starting point for discussion and collaboration, a process through which we will be able to decide together if your ideas are going to work as part of the Super Slow Way programme. And if not, you can always come back to us later if things have changed, or talk to us about a different idea.