Artist residency with Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton to re-activate the disused platform at Brierfield Station, making it a destination for local residents and connecting the station to other transport routes in and out of Brierfield.
Artists Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton are working in the area and with communities to create a number of interventions around the station and nearby that activate transport routes.
Image: Robert Parkinson
The project, co-commissioned by In-Situ and Connecting East Lancashire will improve the visibility and experience of Brierfield Railway Station, to promote the public transport network and active travel routes leading towards it, including walkways, cycle, rail and canal routes. It is part of a larger programme of work developing the area around Brierfield Railway station and Northlight.
During the research stage of the residency, Sam and Robert have been exploring the history and geography of the town and meeting communities connected to and by the railway station, and bringing people together during a season of artist-led workshops based on walking. Participants have been learning new skills, such as printmaking, clay sculpture and creative writing as a way of responding to the local environment. The artists have also developed a workbook with activities to accompany these sessions. This will all feed into a later stage of work with the residents groups they have brought together to develop interventions at the station and surrounding area.
Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton are based in East Lancashire. Their work incorporates a range of disciplines and has a focus on community engagement and research.They have produced projects with communities across the UK for over ten years, including Preston is my Paris, Hull: City of Culture and supported by Open Eye Gallery, Whitworth, Baltic, MIF, British Council and BBC.