SLYNCS Bridging Blackburn
Working with young people from different communities of Blackburn and Darwen we created a physical response to a recent report citing Blackburn as ‘The most segregated town in Britain’. Using the phrase inspired by Jo Cox MP ‘There is more that unites us than divides us’ the young people created a bridge sculpture which was presented at the annual SLYNCS awards ceremony. The bridge is designed to also be dismantled and displayed as a flat wall mounted piece in the SLYNCS base.
Creative Support and Super Slow Way
During 2016 I worked as an artist with Creative Support in Blackburn as part of the Super Slow Way Community Commissions. Creative Support Social Inclusion Project in Blackburn works with people with mental health issues to reduce isolation, build confidence and support people to play an active part in their community. Over the year we met weekly, making art and most importantly, creating happiness. We are planning to continue our weekly craft and making sessions during 2017.
Limehurst Arts Society
A partnership between Regenda Housing, Oldham Arts Development and Arts Council England, Limehurst Art Society aims to support local residents to develop new skills and confidence through participating in art and creative activity. During 2016/17 I worked with a Craft Enterprise Group to make items for sale and plan and deliver craft markets and events. During Autumn 2016 I facilitated a ten week community arts course for local residents, particularly people who volunteer in the community, who learned facilitation, project management and making skills.
Photographer Adrian Barber and I will be in the community over an 18 month period and you can find out more about our work on the Limehurst Life Facebook page.
Ground UP is a community led arts group in Burnley that was born from an arts project in SW Burnley. As the group moves to independence I continue to work with them on weekly craft and making sessions and skills development in addition to work which will support the group to build a strong future as part of the community and cultural life of Burnley.