(Re-)Introducing local people to the landscape that surrounds them. Working with artists to engage and inspire people with the natural environment of Pendle Hill and create opportunities for all to enjoy it.
The Gatherings is the art and people strand of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership (PHLP).
Over the next four years, In-Situ will support the project by working with artists on a range of exciting commissions. Each will explore how people connect to the hill and its intangible heritage, cultural traditions, traditional skills, knowledge and dialects.
These commissions will involve working collaboratively with the communities that surround the hill: telling stories, opening dialogue and finding new and novel ways of exploring landscape, art and community.
In-Situ has been commissioned to lead on The Gatherings as social arts practitioners, experienced in how people connect to place. Along the way, we will explore the role that artists can play in landscape projects as part of an interdisciplinary approach.
Over the past two years, we have worked with artists on a diverse range of interdisciplinary projects. Our programme to date has included:
- Material Culture Unearthed: a travelling opera performance with Nastassja Simensky and Rebecca Lee, made in response to a community archaeological dig at Malkin Tower Farm, Pendle.
Henrietta Armstrong’s permanent yet unobtrusive sculpture 'Summit Stones’ which saw 12 hand-engraved sculptures, each representing a different aspect of the area's fascinating history, hidden atop Pendle Hill.
• The creation of 'Corky' by 'How About Studios': a multi-functional touring art space, designed to reflect the natural environment and heritage of the Pendle Hill area.
• Artist Kerry Morrison and local chef Andrew Dean’s creation of the Pendle Peat Pie, a fusion of traditional and modern Lancashire cuisine - with a chips and curry filling representing the important peat restoration process.
• We were also joined by collective duo Lunchtime Practice in the summer of 2019, who created hands-on experiences for children and young people to explore modern-day archaeology.
• We have also been instrumental in the development of the Summit Shelter and a mobile studio, through conversations with architecture students at Manchester School of Architecture.
This year, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will host our first-ever online conference. Our Digital Gatherings, open to all, will take place throughout August 2020, bringing together a whole host of creatives, environmental specialists and communities to explore a range of themes.
Artist Isabella Martin will join us as artist in residence later in 2020, exploring the theme of traditional boundaries and we will also begin our radical young people’s project ‘The Summit’, where local young people will have the opportunity to co-produce work with professional artists.
Through these projects we will explore cross-disciplinary dialogue, putting forward alternative approaches and collaborative ideas to ensure the success of the project lies in its embeddedness in the communities of, and around, Pendle Hill.