We have been busy working with partners and film-makers Huckleberry these last couple of months and you can see the results on our You Tube channel.
The first short video The Gatherings Highlights, is a compilation and distillation of over 6 hours of on line 'talkaoke', run by In-Situ over the summer. This was a direct response to the pandemic: because we couldn't run our annual community gathering in person, they took it on line. In-Situ have used this amazing tool for a while now, developed by The People Speak, a kind of live talk show; it gets people talking about things that matter to them. Our 'Digital Gatherings' were held on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook too and we had some excellent conversations about issues around heritage, access to the countryside, interventions in the landscape and the future of work for young people.
The second film records a very different project: 72Seasons. This is a piece of research, led by The Evaluator, and part of our 'What's a Hill Worth' project. The research aimed to explore the relationship between our connections to nature and our health and wellbeing. Developed from an ancient Japanese calendar, 72 Seasons was adapted by Kirsty Rose Parker to reflect the changes in nature around Pendle Hill. Illustrated by Cath Ford the programme gently guided participants through a year that none of us could have predicted, and provided a framework of support during the pandemic for many of them. A full report on the research findings will be published in 2021.
In-Situ, who lead our Gatherings project, have also been busy producing two 'Artist in Conversation' films which have just been published on the Pendlefolk website here
The first is an animated and illustrated chat between PHLP Farming and Wildlife officer, Sarah Robinson, and artist Kerry Morrison, about the 'Deep Peat' commission Kerry is working on.
The second is an introductory conversation between Linda Clarkson of the Dry Stone Walling Association and new resident artist Isabella Martin who plans to work with us in 2021
Both films provide fascinating insight to the process an artist goes through in gathering information, ideas and inspiration in order to develop their creative response to landscape issues.