Local Colour 2019

Claire Wellesley-Smith worked with the local community at Elmfield Hall, and experimented with dyeing techniques that were pioneered at the hall almost 100 years ago.

Local Colour was a collaboration between Super Slow Way, Bradford-based visual artist Claire Wellesley-Smith, and Community Solutions North West, and was based at Elmfield Hall in Gatty Park, Accrington. Elmfield Hall has a rich textile history as the former home of Albert Gatty, an innovator in the Turkey Red dyeing and printing industry during the nineteenth century. A small dyehouse, where it is believed he conducted some of his dye research, is in the grounds of the park and forms a central part of Claire’s practice.

This long-term project, which began in 2016, looked to the history of the area to explore connections to people and places through a programme of creative activities that took place at a studio space in Elmfield Hall.

Our involvement with Local Colour has now finished, Claire WS continues to work with the group at Community Solutions North West.

Find out more by watching the trailer, filmed by Huckleberry Films: