SUPER SLOW WAY_ ANNUAL REPORT 2016
2016 has been an extraordinary year for Super Slow Way.
WE HAVE SUPPORTED AND DEVELOPED 30 PROJECTS WITH OVER 200 ARTISTS 20 ARTS ORGANISATIONS AND OVER 40,000 ATTENDANCES Bringing great art to the banks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Connecting people with artists, each other and their waterway
Cover image: Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope. Photo by Graham Kay This image: Kinara. Photo by Matthew Savage
SUPER SLOW WAY: SPARKING A CREATIVE REVOLUTION IN PENNINE LANCASHIRE. superslowway.org.uk
INTRODUCTION IN 2016 SUPER SLOW WAY WENT FROM BEING AN IDEA, LOADED WITH POSSIBILITY AND PROMISE, TO AN EXPLOSION OF ACTIVITY. WE SUPPORTED AND DEVELOPED 30 PROJECTS, IN WHICH WE CONNECTED OVER 200 ARTISTS WITH COMMUNITIES IN THE FORM OF COMMISSIONS AND ARTIST RESIDENCIES, MASS PARTICIPATION PROJECTS AND THREE MAJOR FESTIVALS. IT WAS A VERY BUSY YEAR INDEED. Throughout the year we celebrated the Bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal – the UK’s longest waterway and the artery that powered the heart of the Industrial Revolution: the mill towns of Pennine Lancashire. Our bold programme has nurtured the beginnings of a creative revolution along its banks, as the post-industrial landscape is transformed and repurposed for social and civic activity. We have watched people come together through art and seen communities begin to think about their selfrepresentation and self-determination, whether through mass participation projects such as Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope in Brierfield and the thunderous triumph of Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal; or in smaller, gentler, but equally profound, projects such as Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg in Burnley, idle women’s floating arts centre, and Beyond Labels with the young men of Hollins Technology College, among many others. As an action research programme, we are constantly learning. We have gained so much from our artists and community collaborators all of whom we consider part of the Super Slow Way family. We have been continuously surprised by the riches of the collaborative creative process and the results that have emerged, from meaningful relationships and connections to the creation of new, world-class pieces that compete on the international stage. This is no small accomplishment, but is the result of people, together, questioning, challenging and pushing the boundaries of what art is and looking to redefine what it means to them and the difference it can make in their neighbourhoods. None of this would have been possible without the contributions of our partners Canal & River Trust, the four local authorities connected by the canal: Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle Borough Councils, Newground, our creative colleagues in APPL (Arts Partners Pennine Lancashire) and UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire). We are, above all, privileged to work alongside incredibly committed residents and voluntary sector groups that exist here and to be able to draw from the deep well of artistic talent we have in the region and beyond. A lot happened at home and abroad in 2016, which makes it feel like a significant moment in history. For us, we hope it marks the beginning of a powerful movement in Pennine Lancashire where art can help to shape the future of our communities.
Laurie Peake Director, Super Slow Way
RESIDENCY COMMUNITY COMMISSION SIGNATURE COMMISSION EVENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Blackburn with Darwen Carer’s Trust, Verd de Gris
Carer’s Link, William Titley
The Bureau and Hyndburn Carer’s Chorus, Polly Thomas
The Civic Arts Centre Carnival, Sue Gibson and Paul Allen
The Bureau, Yinka Danmole
Horse & Bamboo and Awaaz, Shamshad Khan
Circle of Friends, Jean McEwan
Creative Support Social Inclusion Project, Cath Ford
Beyond Labels: In Young Men’s Shoes, Hollins Technology College
Mill Hill Community Centre, Anthony Schrag
Nightsafe, Najia Baji
SLYNCS and Peer Group
St Silas C of E Primary School, Marina Moreno
Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Blackburn Canal Festival
Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society with Jennifer Reid
Rishton Little Harwood Greenbank Church Daisyfield Eanam Wharf
Intack Audley Queens Park
ALL FOUR BOROUGHS
Hugging the Canal, Jennifer Reid and Simon Woolham
idle women, floating arts centre for women and girls
Tell it to the Water
Burnley Rose Grove Hapton
Action Factory and Canalside Community Centre, Alwin Reamillo
Gawthorpe Textile Collection, Harriet Lawton
Sandygate Square, BREAD
Super High Way, Burnley Youth Theatre
Burnley Wood Community Centre, The Exbury Egg, Stephen Turner
Burnley Canal Festival
Nelson Banner Group, Zaneb Khatun
Victoria Park Pavilion CafĂŠ, Melville & Co.
In-Situ, Suzanne Lacy
Anthony Schrag in Mill Hill. Photo by Matthew Savage
Art challenges perceptual habits. That’s a fancy way of saying it makes us think of the world differently and that’s why it’s important because if we just continue to think the same things we would never develop, we would never grow or challenge ourselves. That’s what it’s for. It’s not always nice or easy but it’s always important.
Super Slow Way launch with Ian Stephens and Ian McMillan. Photo by Matthew Savage
The Rhapsody is a wonderful musical celebration of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and is a truly unique event. There wonâ€™t be another occasion this year where you can hear this combination and class of choirs, soloists and musicians in one concert. It represents a coming together of different forms that perfectly reflects the communities and stories along the canal over the past 200 years.
IAN BROWNBILL, PRODUCER
It’s been brilliant. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some brilliant artists musicians and poets – Ian McMillan, for example! I never thought I’d be talking to him! It’s absolutely amazing. I’ve never been involved in anything like this – and as big as this and in my home town! I’m elated!
FARMEEN AKHTAR, NARRATOR & PARTICIPANT
Super Slow Way Rhapsody. Photo by Matthew Savage
Creative Support. Photos by Cath Ford
Blackburn Canal Festival. Photo by Richard Tymon
Artwork by Jean McEwan
Peter Sanders at Kinara Festival. Photo by Zephie Begolo
I hope to continue to bring out these stories in the time I have left at Nightsafe. I feel lucky to be there. One of the staff said that he had seen me grow and he was right. I have grown because of the beautiful moments Iâ€™ve been able to share with the people there.
NAJIA BAGI, NIGHTSAFE
Nightsafe. Photo by Zephie Begolo
I wanted to work with Super Slow way because I feel we are both on the same page in terms of approaches to working with people. They understand it takes time to create meaningful art work with people â€“ for relationships to build, for processes to unfold, to try things out and take risks in a way that is ok for them.
JEAN MCEWAN, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS GO WALKING
Circle of Friends. Photo by Zephie Begolo
My experience working on Beyond Labels was amazing. I learned lots of media skills including photography and filmmaking from professionals and it has inspired me to want to go on to making documentary films. I gained a lot of confidence as well and it has especially given me the confidence to stand up to bullies. I have never written poetry before but I think itâ€™s a great way to express myself and I think I will try and do more in the future. We have all become really good friends â€“ it has been amazing.
MAHFUZ HUSSAIN, PARTICIPANT
Beyond Labels. Photo by Saqib Choudry
HYNDBURN I have an important voice, I will use it to speak for the silent, the oppressed and the misunderstood.
I think more and more in this day and age with all the turbulence that’s going on in the world, we need to know more and the only way we’re going to do that is by listening to each other and having conversations, finding out about each other’s cultures and what makes them tick.
AUDIENCE MEMBER, LOVE BOMBS & APPLES, KINARA FESTIVAL
Kinara Festival. Photo by Matthew Savage
Kinara Festival. Photo by Matthew Savage
idle women at Church, Accrington. Images courtesy of idle women
You donâ€™t know how important this project is to me. I feel like it is my Egg! Being involved has really helped me through some rough times. We have had some really special moments.
The Exbury Egg. Photo by Sam Walsh
Iâ€™d like to feel that I can play a part in reconnecting the community of Burnley Wood with the closed-down wharf, remind them of their shared heritage and explore and discover its present state, and give the opportunity for some spiritual ownership of their own place at a time of huge environmental and economic change. Together we might discover something transcendental and culturally empowering in the ordinary, everyday actions of taking care of a place.
Why work with Super Slow Way? Itâ€™s all in the name. I have always felt that slow is important in an age where we somehow prefer quantity over quality, speed over depth of connection. Where we have to get something fast or not bother at all. We all need time for contemplation, consideration and the joy of really connecting with each other, the world around us and our own inner selves.
The Exburg Egg. Photo by Richard Tymon
From start to finish this project was absolutely amazing. Honestly, I was lost for words and my 6-year-old has told everyone at school all about it. Thank you to each and every one who performed and also to the staff and volunteers involved you were all amazing. Thank you for allowing this to happen, my son will remember this for a lifetime - thank you for allowing him to be a part of it.
PARENT OF PARTICIPANT
Super High Way by Burnley Youth Theatre. Photo by Matthew Savage
Burnley Canal Festival. Photo by Ben Furst
Burnley Canal Festival. Photos by Ben Furst
Cataloguing Padiham. Photo by Matthew Savage
Itâ€™s been really great to see the street come alive again; everyone mixing and chatting. Itâ€™s like the old days.
LEANNE, LOCAL RESIDENT
Harkat. Photo by Matthew Savage
Creatively, magic happens when you put artists of different disciplines in one space. I call it creative friction, people work together and make something more than the sum of their parts. This is not a backwater, this is not a place without culture, but maybe we need to bring these communities together a bit more and get them talking to each other.
JO BELL, POET
Kinara Festival. Photo by Richard Tymon
Sounds of Water, Shapes of Hope. Photo by Charlotte Graham
For me, being involved in something that began as an idea 8 months ago and seeing it grow, and having a role in nurturing the various strands of work has been personally very rewarding. As a community worker it has been enriching to see something new and fresh to our cohesion work and it has brought in different angles and art, which usually isnâ€™t a theme in bringing communities together but it has done that very successfully. Itâ€™s all about making Pendle a stronger place and this project is sewing the seeds for the continuation.
RAUF BASHIR, PROJECT MANAGER, BUILDING BRIDGES, PENDLE Sounds of Water, Shapes of Hope. Photo by Chris Payne
Sounds of Water, Shapes of Hope. Photo by Chris Payne
Kinara Festival. Photo by Matthew Savage
Pavilion CafĂŠ Victoria Park. Photo by Louie Ingham
Faculty of Social Arts Practice. Photo by In-Situ
Pavilion CafĂŠ Victoria Park. Photo by Louie Ingham
Faculty of Social Arts Practice was a six-month pilot programme run by In-Situ and facilitated by Chrissie Tiller in partnership with Super Slow Way and other Creative People and Places programmes Creative Scene, Heart of Glass and LeftCoast.
The programme was created as a unique professional development scheme for artists and creatives and took the form of a series of weekend residentials the brought people with a passion for socially engaged art together. The experience offered them the chance to learn and to work with a group of peers and to explore some of the questions around interdisciplinary collaborative art and social practice.
BICENTENARY THE LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL WAS THE ARTERY THAT FED THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, FOREVER TRANSFORMING THE LIVES AND LANDSCAPE OF THE NORTH OF ENGLAND. Its history spans 200 years and, like its meandering path through the countryside, there have been many twists and turns along the way. In the Bicentenary year, we wanted to celebrate the canalâ€™s triumphs by commissioning projects, events, a specially composed Rhapsody and a limited edition range of merchandise. The canal connects all four of our partner boroughs, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle and is cared for by our other major partner, Canal & River Trust. The canal is important to us, not only because much of the work we do takes place along its banks but because it is symbolic of a place where time slows down and people can take time out from their busy lives to connect with their local environment, each other and their creativity.
Colouring Poster by Lizzie Hobbs
Product photography by Amin Musa
Narrowboat Pendant by Michelle Luker
The canal was officially opened in Blackburn in October 1816 when, for the first time, the journey could be made from Leeds, through the coalfields of Yorkshire, through the weaving mills of Lancashire to the port of Liverpool, bringing work and industry and people to the towns along the way, making them centres of the Industrial Revolution. We wanted to tell this story and commemorate the Bicentenary year by commissioning a range of merchandise, highlighting the heritage, creativity, crafts, people and places connected with it. Working with some of the most talented and creative contemporary craft makers, designers and artists, we have developed a range of canal-inspired products, which offer a unique souvenir of the importance of the canal within our local and national identity. These products are available for a limited period only, you can visit www.superslowway.org.uk to find out where to buy them.
Summit Saddle Bag by Matthew Riley AWL Co
Twenty One Point Five by Rob Parr
The Brightwork Series by Harriet Lawton
Narrowboat Pattern by Nick Rhodes / Switch Open
PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS SINCE THE OFFICIAL SUPER SLOW WAY LAUNCH IN APRIL 2016 WE LAUNCH OUR PROGRAMME AND A BRAND NEW WEBSITE, FEATURING A NEW AESTHETIC, LOGO AND REFRESHED DESIGN DEVELOPED BY SOURCE CREATIVE. We have developed a range of multi-platform campaigns to support our broad programme, utilising digital tools including blogs, videos and social media alongside a beautiful range of printed material to connect people with our work and our artists.
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Newchurch in Pendle
Thoughts on our Swans
I counted five eggs in the nest, soon after arriving with my own large wooden egg at the former Finsley Gate Boatyard in a cold snowy April. Derelict in terms of human habitation, a patch of crumbling concrete edged with a narrow band of selfseeded turf, has been home to a pair of much loved local swans for many years. Often photographed and more often fed by local people, they entertain and concern the many who look out for their welfare.
Dogs have fought with them and they have been taunted by children. As the in-situ Care Taker, I have been called upon a number of times to ward off the stone throwers and to keep a watchful eye on these stately residents that occasionally need more than the distant protection afforded by the Queen (even though she has been to this very place).
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By Stephen Turner, Artist in residence at Finsley Gate, Burnley
Often photographed and more often fed by local people, they entertain and concern the many who look out for their welfare. Amongst their own avian kind, they have no peer and they lord it over the ducks and geese. A pair of geese were permitted to nest just ten feet from the Swan’s own straggly pile of straw and plastic waste, but they had to be shown who was boss. One day I watched the cob saunter by and with barely a pause grab mother goose by the neck. He dragged her off her nest for around ten feet, then just nonchalantly continued on his way with barely a backward glance.
Heartbreak came when Pen broke her wing in a fight with a local dog. It got so infected that she had to be put down by the RSPCA and care for the two cygnets fell solely onto the male. He seems to have stuck to his task and raised the two young alone. These, and many other moments, have been recorded through the photographic lens of many. These are just a few. Stephen Turner
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A RHAPSODY TO THE LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF 200 YEARS OF THE CANAL!
This is to certify that performed in the world premiere of Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal on 16th October 2016 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. You performed alongside a wide range of professional singers, narrators and musicians from across the UK. Congratulations and well done!
Morning has broken. Photo by: Stephen Johnson
STEPHEN TURNER’S EXBURY EGG
FINSLEY GATE BOATYARD
As the guest of Burnley Wood Community Centre throughout the spring, summer and autumn of 2016, Stephen Turner and the Exbury Egg are here at Finsley Gate Boatyard, investigating this special site with and on behalf of local people.
For details of forthcoming events around the Exbury Egg in Burnley, please go to www.burnleywoodcc.org.uk/exbury-egg
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Super Slow Way is bringing local, national and international artists to work with communities along the canal from Blackburn to Pendle.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal powered the Industrial Revolution in Pennine Lancashire. 200 years on from the canal’s birth, Super Slow Way aims to stage a creative revolution powered by art and people.
Will you be part of it?
Find out more about our programme and get involved.
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Barrow Hurst Green Brockhall Village
‘On the evening of 21st June 2016, local people from Burnley Wood gathered to celebrate the longest day of the year and to bring light into the lives of friends and neighbours by lighting candles and chatting around the open fire. Everyone could light a candle to the memory of absent friends or family and a raffle was held for MacMillan Cancer Support’s own Festival of Light. We hope this will be the first of an annual celebration on this the longest day of the year at Finsley Gate’.
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Participants: Kerrie Brandrick, Kirsty Almond, Julie Goldsworthy, Lisa Witt, Chris Lane, Lily Dicken, Ryan Dicken, Christine Levereld, Stephen Taylor, Sam Walsh, Stuart Dillon, Stacy Dillon, Stuart Needham, Jake Kostilek, Aaron Kostilek, Arron Kostilek, Catherine Foster, Adele Orpin, Lynn Birkett, Jenson Foster, J Foster, Claire Ashcroft, Robert Glover, Dylan Manning, Karen Heseltine, Phil Evans
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MICHELLE LUKER NARROWBOAT PENDANT
Lizzie is an award-winning selftaught artist who draws freehand patterns inspired by Asia and the Middle East, embracing the natural imperfections of hand drawn work. Her art has been part of many community projects, and has been exhibited in venues like the V&A and featured in Vogue Magazine. Now based in London, but with family roots in Lancashire, Lizzie was delighted to incorporate into the poster design not only brightwork’s iconic patterns but elements from the canal route - from the bridge at Burnley Embankment to the tower at Salt’s Mill, from an Islamic design reflecting the local Muslim community to the double arched bridge at East Marton, rope and lock painting, to cast iron work at Wigan Pier.
Michelle Luker of Interference Design is inspired by everyday objects, which she re-purposes and reimagines as witty and useful new design objects. Michelle looks beyond an items current application and then harnesses its properties to make it useful in other situations and locations. Taking the historical and functional form of the narrowboat, Michelle has used wood to create the first of her pendants, which has echoes back to the first industrial boats which were wooden and built for a lifetime of labour The second cast pewter pendant design reflects the modern leisure status of the canal, with narrowboats made for pleasure and recreation, often flawlessly painted, which Michelle has reflected in the highly polished finish of her pewter pendant.
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Michelle is a designer who has a history with the canal, having lived on a 1970’s narrowboat that she lovingly redesigned and renovated herself. ‘Narrowboat Pendant’ is inspired by her travels on her narrowboat ‘Liberty’ up and down England’s beautiful canal system. Each pendant is handmade with either cast pewter and resin, hung on a sterling silver plated snake chain or polished wood hung on a satin cord. interferencedesign.co.uk
HARRIET LAWTON THE BRIGHTWORK SERIES Through the exploration of paper, ceramic and textiles, Harriet’s practice highlights the beauty of objects and collections. Contemporary interpretations of traditional patterning, her design pieces and art objects feature remediated marks, patterns and motifs taken from various cultures and eras. For the Super Slow Way product commission, Harriet used objects from the National Waterways Museum as her starting point, taking traditional brightwork motifs from canal art and the cut-out details of ribbon plates to form a palette for design. These have been interpreted into two contemporary craft products - digitally printed scarves and waterjet cut, decal-printed ribbon plates. harrietlawton.co.uk
ROB PARR “TWENTY ONE POINT FIVE” Rob Parr’s ceramic practice is primarily concerned with the qualities that ceramic materials present, and how they can be exploited to explore narrative of form and presence. Rob’s ceramic work can be found in public & private collections both in the UK and internationally.
The work serves as a monument to the canal both past and present. To the many people along it’s route that historically depended on it for their livelihoods, as well as the people that use it for business and pleasure today. By interpreting geological data & historical information, Rob has created a limited edition of ceramic sculptural forms that represent the canal route between Leeds & Liverpool. robparr.co.uk
BEATRIX BAKER THE BUCKET MIRROR Beatrix makes playful objects, primarily using steam-bent wood. An interest in the way human beings manipulate materials and ideas into objects both decorative and functional drives her work. Close observation of beautifully crafted objects informs her own process. A desire for simplicity and efficiency in the making process leads to clean, simple objects.
The ‘Bucket Mirror’ brings the homely, vibrant and utilitarian feel of canal boats into the home. Patterns from boats on the Leeds and Liverpool canals inspired the paintwork; the chunky handle echoes the buckets and teapots which adorn many canal boats and the circular mirror frame is reminiscent of a porthole. Just like the canal boats themselves, each mirror frame is hand painted and unique. beatrixbaker.co.uk
MATTHEW RILEY AWL CO SUMMIT SADDLE BAG & ELEVATION KEY RING Matthew is based at Higherford Mill (less than half a mile from Barrowford locks). Influenced by traditional techniques and heritage, he designs, crafts and finishes luxury leather products and accessories by hand. Where possible all products are made from material made and sourced in Britain. In a culture where fast fashion and throwaway quality are seen as the norm, Matthew has chosen to go against the grain and place an emphasis on quality and longevity, manufacturing products that with proper care could last lifetime.
landscape, place, etymology, speculation and magic. A concerted, parallel knowing and unknowing that seems quite a good mirror for artistic processes.
the horses to pull more weight. As canals started being used for recreational pursuits, so did the horses. They lost their collars and ropes, and soon came to have one thing in common with the bicycles now populating towpaths; a saddle. The bag is designed to fit under the saddle of a bicycle and carry the essential tools one might need for a day trip along the canal.
bethanlloydworthington.com The looped key rings, made from traditional British Bridle leather are stamped with an illustration showing the elevation and pools along the length of the LeedsLiverpool Canal. awlco.co.uk
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Matthew has designed a luxury leather bicycle saddle bag, with laser etched logos and illustrations relating to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Without leather workers, saddlers and tack manufactures, canal horses would have been useless. Collars allowed the weight of the barge to be evenly distributed, enabling
For Fender, a range of ceramic jewellery, Bethan has referenced the ropework bumpers that hang from narrowboats - “they’re so beautifully odd, as things... I like to think of jewellery as somehow protective, a buffer to the world”. Evoking but abstracting the repeating knotted patterns, each piece is made by hand. Earrings and necklaces hang from sterling silver.
Bethan Lloyd Worthington is an artist who works with drawing, objects and installation to explore themes of place and fragmentation through time. She grew up in the North West and now lives in London. She is particularly interested in archaeology as an inter-relationship with science,
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NICK RHODES SWITCH OPEN Switchopen is the freelance Illustration and Graphic Design Company of Nick Rhodes. Established in Manchester 2004. Switchopen is a fully functioning art studio now based in Lancashire, offering a unique service of Illustration, Graphic Design and Print. Primed and ready for action, to handle a full spectrum of creative projects big or small. Inspiration behind the illustration I have always love canal boats, mainly for their distinctive individual colour schemes and quirky painted names. I used to eat my lunch in Castlefield basin in Manchester when I worked at a local gallery. Every day I would spot individual quirks on each boat. I often spotted odd shapes and symbols that ran along each of the boats, and always wondered what they meant.
Researching, I came across the symbols and shapes represented certain sections of canal within the region. With the illustration commission for Super Slow Way, I focused upon this area of interest for my response. The shapes and colour schemes became a pattern, all derived from sections of paint schemes from canal boats on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. I wanted to capture the colour, shapes and the period, but present it with a modern twist, whilst still ultimately being recognisable to the canal system. Using the pattern as the basis of my colour palette I worked up the illustrations of the landmarks and features along the canal to highlight what you can find exploring this iconic waterway. switchopen.co.uk
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Burnley Canal Festival returns in August 2016 to mark 200 years of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and give visitors the chance to rest, reflect and take to the water. Join us for this celebration of Burnley’s unique canalside environment. Watch for programme details. Boaters who register to bring their boat will be invited to a special Friday evening reception. Sandygate Square, The Inn on the Wharf, Finsley Gate Wharf, and locations along the canal towpath through Burnley
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 11am till 5pm
CANAL BOATS WORKSHOPS CRAFTS FAIRGROUND RIDES CANOES STREET FOOD MUSIC FREE WATERBUS WALKABOUT PERFORMANCE FACEPAINTING AND MORE!
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CIRCUS SKILLS INSECT CIRCUS WALK ABOUT THEATRE FAIRGROUND RIDES FACE PAINTING CANAL BOATS STREET FOOD MUSIC PUNCH & JUDY
Waterbus FREE ART & CRAFT WORKSHOPS CANAL CRITTERS BRIGHTWORK TIN CAN PLANTING FLORAL HEAD WREATHS ORIGAMI SWANS FREE WATERBUS
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FESTIVAL LINE UP Saturday EVENT
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Mayor opens the Festival Burnley Alliance Silver Band Folk Dance Remixed LIFEBOAT - the Slowest Ride on Earth A Few Feet Up - Walkabout Performer Tin Type Trailer Ben Farmer Walkabout Musician Tell it to the Water Towpath Explorers Trail Brightwork Signage Workshop with The Cunning Craftsman Glad to be Here - Collage Workshop Ribbon Workshop with Yellow Door Artists Street Food Set off from Pendleside Hospice at 10.30am – Donation £10, £5 children Pendleside Hospice Walk Facepainting & Henna Hand Painting Oak Mount Mill Engine House Canal Boats Free Waterbus with Canal Cruises Canoes on the Canal The Kennet
Live Music Stage curated by More Music Rossendale Clog Heritage Mr & Mrs Flora - Walkabout Performers The Broadside Balladress Cardboard Canal Boat The Poetry Takeaway A Few Feet Up - Walkabout Performer Tin Type Trailer Ben Farmer Walkabout Musician Tell it to the Water Towpath Explorers Trail Brightwork Signage Workshop The Cunning Craftsman Glad to be Here - Collage Workshop Street Food Facepainting & Henna Hand Painting Oak Mount Mill Engine House Canal Boats Free Waterbus with Canal Cruises Canoes on the Canal The Kennet
Festival Hub at Sandygate Square
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Fairground at Burnley Wharf
The Exbury Egg Brightwork Tin Can Planting Workshop Canal Critters Workshop Floral Fantasies: Headdresses & Crowns Origami Swans Free Waterbus with Canal Cruises
The Fairground Punch & Judy & Balloon Modeling Ragtag Circus Show & Workshop Insect Circus Towpath Explorers Trail Facepainter Burnley Alliance Silver Band (SUN ONLY) Mr & Mrs Flora (SAT ONLY) Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre Canal Boats Best Dressed Boat Competition (SUN ONLY)
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Creating Happiness EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS An exhibition of art created by people using the services of Creative Support Blackburn Social Inclusion Project working with local artist Cath Ford.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
MP voices his concern for ‘vicious cycle’
Invitation to tuk in to a feast of music and movement OF all the strange modes of transport to take to the streets of East Lancashire, from horse and traps to quad bikes, there’s not too many golden tuk-tuks around. So this was the perfect vehicle to promote the new Kinara Festival, a heady mix of South Asian music and movement being staged for the first time this month. Promoted by Super Slow Way, the arts initiative based around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and Burnley’s Love and Etiquette Foundation, the gathering has already featured a performance by renowned poet Lemn Sissay. Artists Peter Sanders, Asif Khan and Mojisola Adebayo are in conversation at Blackburn Library on Friday from 7pm. Khan also performs a one man show, Love, Bombs and Apples, by playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak at Nelson ACE Centre on Saturday. A panel discussion featuring artists Abid Hussain, Javaad Alipoor, Sonia Sabri and Shazia Ashraf is pencilled in for Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre on Friday, July 22, and the following day Burnley Reel Cinema shows Songs Of Lahore, from 6pm. The festival is rounded off by a ‘Safar’ or journey, starring Nizar Rohana from Palestine, India’s Rowshanra Moni, Olcay Bayir from Turkey, Moroccan Hassan Erraji, Spaniard Calaita Flamenco Son and the UK’s Burdah Ensemble,at Burnley Mechanics on Saturday, July 30.
Council’s vow over taxi permits A COUNCIL in East Lancashire which sparked protests across the north over its taxi policies has introduced measures to tighten up on future recruitment. Licensing chiefs in Rossendale came under fire from authorities in Bradford and Rochdale, among others, after it emerged the borough had nearly 1,900 hackney carriage permit holders. A Rossendale Council spokesman said: “We are only accepting new applications from those who have successfully completed the basic skills tests. Renewals will be processed as normal.”
Eggs-traordinary! Unusual studio and poet’s performance help launch Super Slow Way canal celebration
STUNNING: A golden indian Tuk Tuk is used to launch Kinara Festival with festival producer Rizwan Iqbal and festival marketing officer Zephie Begolo entering the spirit. Left, Sonia Sabri, who will appear in Oswaldtwistle and, right, poet, playwright and performer, Avaes Mohammad, who was born in Blackburn, led a two day workshop
By CHRIS GEE
Telly and speakers go after noise nightmare By PETE MAGILL
Council bosses swoop after man left neighbours suffering round-the-clock din
COUNCIL bosses have seized a Nelson man’s bigscreen TV and speakers after he left neighbours suffering a round-the-clock noise nightmare. Residents living in Halifax Road complained to Pendle Council after being subjected to loud rock and dance music blaring out of a property there until the early hours. An investigation by the
borough council’s noise abatement team also found that the offending householder would shout until all hours and encourage his dog to bark. Council lawyers obtained a warrant from Pennine Magistrates Court, under anti-social behaviour legislation, and seized a large TV and three sets of speakers from the house. Sources say the unnamed man had been issued with a
noise abatement notice last April, warning him to stop acting in a disruptive manner, or face having equipment removed from his house. And council chiefs acted on that threat. Cllr David Clegg, the council’s environmental services spokesman, said: “This resident has acted with total disregard for his neighbours, making their lives a misery. “The noise could clearly
HIDDEN WORLD: Artist Stephen Turner inside the Exbury Egg
EAST Lancashire Euro-MP Afzal Khan, has warned that growing Islamophobia in Europe is playing into the hands of ISIS and other extremist groups who radicalise Muslims. The Labour vice-chairman of the European Parliament’s Security and Defence Committee was speaking during a special conference of the deradicalisation of Muslims. He emphasised that radicalisation was a challenge for everyone and not just a ‘Muslim’ problem. Mr Khan said: “The challenge of radicalisation is an issue that affects us all. “And as such, it requires a common response and common solution. “This has never been just about Muslims. “It is about the whole of our European society. “The prevailing European narrative at the moment is that of Muslims as outsiders, of Muslims as different. “Growing Islamophobia in Europe plays into the hands of ISIS. “We must stop this vicious cycle.”
be heard in the neighbouring property and it went on for prolonged periods into
This resident has acted with total disregard for his neighbours David Clegg the early hours of the morning.
“Our Environmental Health Team has been working with the neighbours to try and bring about an end to their ordeal. “I’m pleased that the magistrates agreed that enough is enough and granted a warrant to enter the property and remove the equipment. “Please let this be a warning to others that we will not tolerate noise nuisance in Pendle.”
www.burnleyexpress.net Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A GIANT egg-shaped art studio, a nationally renowned poet and a performance artist building a ‘ship of hope’ are three aspects of an art group’s commemorations of 200 years of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Yesterday in Burnley, poet Ian McMillan read an excerpt from the libretto he has written for Super Slow Way, an arts programme inspired by the country’s most successful long-distance canal. McMillan’s poem ‘A Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal’ reflects how the waterway, as the lifeblood of the industrial revolution, transformed Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and Colne. He read the work at an event in Sandygate Mill. Later the group unveiled Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg, at Finsley Gate Wharf. The egg is a temporary, energy efficient, self-sustaining work space. Zephie Begolo, from Super Slow Way, said: “Working in collaboration with Burnley Wood Community Centre, Stephen will spend the summer conducting personal, environmental, historical and cultural investigations on the site with the people of Burnley Wood. “He hopes the project will enable people to share knowledge of the past of the site, to in the district, met community explore its present state and to groups and school children and better inform its future.” introduced himself to stranOver in Mill Hill, Blackburn, gers on the street. Anthony Schrag has started an He said: “I’ll be doing a series intermittent 65-day residency of art projects which lead up to which will culminate in a suma community day but hopefully mer day of celebration and the the work I do will be longer lastbuilding of a boat. ing than an ephemeral one day He has visited pubs and clubs thing.”
Poet Ian McMillan at the launch of the Slow Slow Way and, left, artist Anthony Schrag Anthony has worked with people based art project for 15 years and has just completed a doctorate in participatory art. “I’m keen to reconfigure a project of mine called the Ship Of Hope where people randomly build a boat and then we would see if it would float. I’d like to target different communities.”
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 www.burnleyexpress.net
Teaching us to reclaim peace through nature FEATURE By Laura Longworth firstname.lastname@example.org @longworth_laura
Artsit Stephen Turner in the boatyard of Finsley Gate Wharf, taken by Samantha Walsh. (s)
Stephen and Purdey Lee Walsh making quills out of feathers, taken by Samantha Walsh. (s)
Cubs exploring The Exbury Egg, taken by Samantha Walsh. (s)
he carpet of litter to Finsley Gate Wharf is shrouded in vegetation. As artist Stephen Turner said, nature is “reclaiming” the area. Perhaps we should too. But instead of seeking to control and transcend nature, Stephen’s work with The Exbury Egg and Super Slow Way is reconnecting people to both the area and each other, as well as helping us to find our place beside it as an equal, not a usurper. ECO-FRIENDLY Stephen once lived in this egg, floating along the canal. Now it’s anchored in the old boatyard of Finsley Gate Wharf, set against musty cottages and slabs of concrete. But then there is a froth of green: trees and plants spilling over. A registered boat, it’s entirely eco-friendly. It has a bed, a shower, a heater and a paraﬃn stove. Life in this house is governed by nature: having no electricity, Stephen woke and slept according to the rolls of the sun. It may have been stripped-back but the man’s talent and foresight are anything but. Pieces of wood drifting along the canal have been melded into a chair; ash from the stove amassed into drawing pastels; acorns boiled down into ink; and blackberries have been mushed into dye. In fact, the entire egg is made of recycled material. “It’s about,” Stephen said, “getting over the idea of ‘waste.’ When you welcome people and help them to feel like a place is theirs, they start to care about it - and they take responsibility.” ONENESS Everything is connected, he believes - and equal too. “There is beauty here,” he said. “It’s a matter of thinking positively.” Stephen pointed to around 20 plastic bags, which could entangle birds, on the canal. “No other species has the capacity to harm like we do. And we do it thoughtlessly”. Believing it vital to understand the role of all things,
Stephen with a Cubs group visiting The Exbury Egg, taken by Samantha Walsh. (s)
he’s been teaching residents to fish - even maggots are essential. “We’re on a level with everything else but the problem is we think we’re above it. We use and abuse for short-term interests but this creates more problems.” It’s why he hosted a “nature safari” examining the site’s common wildlife. “Life’s not all about the rare and the special,” Stephen added. It’s something we can apply to our relationships, to
the habit of putting people in “leagues” determined by random things we’re born with like wealth, intelligence and beauty. RESIDENT RECEPTION “People have shown they care about the area and want to pass information on. They wouldn’t let us cancel our night-watch despite the bad weather. “Traditions could be made here, creating a cycle of connecting.” Ruth Shorrock, Commu-
One of Stephen Turner’s pupils in fishing, taken by Samantha Walsh. (s)
nity Coordinator for Super Slow Way, said: “Residents know the site’s history. They’re taking their ownership back and setting the seeds of connection. “And when the families were fishing, youngsters were happy to do it for hours.” It’s removed from the stereotype of society: people hunched over their mobiles; hours spent surfing the web; families eating in separate rooms. As Ruth added, “We’re
not geared up to live the way we do.” LESSONS IN MINDFULNESS Super Slow Way works to refresh people’s attitude to fast-paced living. “As a society,” Stephen said, “we want to do everything quickly, have a short attention span and make things shallow. “We have short-term thinking but if we took things more slowly, we’d be able to understand them better. Thinking ahead is a
way to slow down and make things that last”. “We could then invest them with greater meaning. After I’d made the ink I began writing letters to oﬀer something personal, a one-oﬀ. The time spent gives them more presence.” There’s also the benefits to one’s mental health. The instantaneousness of Facebook connects strangers from all walks of life and technology frees up time for passions; but the “more, more, more” mind-frame
that often comes with them can lead to obsessions, dissatisfaction and unhealthy competition. Life is a matter of balance, taking “the best of the new”, Stephen said, and mixing it “with the best of the old.” Instant access can boil up addictions: a need to be forever admired, in control or front-running. We care about the glossy print, forgetting the joy of writing our stories. Nature’s cycles remind us life carries on. It withers and
regrows after fruition - yet we limit ourselves by living like the fruit is the be-alland-end-all. Nature transcends our control, presenting uncertainty. It teaches us to move with life, not against it; and to see the bigger picture. “When we connect to it,” Stephen said, “we learn to enjoy the uncertainty of life it becomes a thrill.” EVENTS Tomorrow: moth-watch, 9pm - midnight; Thursday,
5-30 - 6-30pm: open meeting. Monday, 11am: blackberry pick (meet in the boatyard) to make jam for an auction raising money for Burnley Wood Community Centre. Sunday, October 16th: fullmoon viewing with food and haiku-writing; binoculars provided. Daily, 5 - 6pm: egg open to the public. Book on the moth-watch at Burnley Wood Community Centre. Spaces are limited. For more details visit www.superslowway.org.uk
COLLABORATORS ARTISTS Abid Hussain
Morcambe Bay Jazz Band
Artisan Worked Leather
Folk Dance Remixed
Lily La Mer Ltd
Susie Jones Band
Axial Dance Company
The Insect Circus
Bethan Lloyd Worthington
Blackburn People’s Choir
Verd de Gris
Institute for Crazy Dancing
Brighouse & Rastrick Band
Burnley Alliance Silver Band
Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh
Calaita Flamenco Son
Rossendale Clog Heritage
Yellow Door Artists
Mohammed Hussnain Hanif
Burnley Interfaith Centre
Lancashire Women’s Centre
Burnley Wood Community Centre
Leeds & Liverpool Historical Society
South West Burnley Partnership Board
Burnley Youth Theatre
Lower Darwen Primary School
St George’s Scout Group
Mill Hill Community Centre
St Silas CE Primary School
ORGANISATIONS 52nd St Andrews Burnley Guides Accrington and Rossendale College
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
Canalside Community Centre
Eachstep Care Home
St Stephen’s CE Primary School
Ashleigh Primary School
Navigation Mill Hill
Cedars Primary School
Free Spiritual Centre
Nelson and Colne College
The Free Spiritual Centre
Christ Church Nelson
Gannow Community Centre
The Jinnah Centre
BB1 for Life
Circle of Friends
The New Neighbour Scheme
Hapton Valley Boats
Hollins Technology College
Victoria Park Pavilion Café
Right Angle Coaching
In-Situ Intack Primary School
Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers
Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre
King George’s Hall
Lancashire Mental Health Service
Blackburn with Darwen Carers’ Civic Arts Centre Trust Community Cohesion Action Blackburn YPS Network Boundary Mill Community Solutions North Brierfield Action in the Community
Building Bridges Pendle
Craft and Crumpet
The Exbury Egg. Photo by Sam Walsh
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