Danger SignalS / Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton

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.

Since July 2019, Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton have been working as artists in residence with In-Situ in Brierfield, on a project exploring Brierfield Train Station and the ways it is connected, both physically, through various transport routes and socially through it’s users. 

During their residency, Robert and Sam explored the histories and geographies of Brierfield, meeting communities connected to and by the railway station, including at the Mosque and Northern Soul Club and Friends of Brierfield Station. Their activities have brought people together to explore and share their stories and relationships to the area, past and present, including a series of creative workshops and accompanying workbook entitled ‘Training Station’, designed around navigating and discovering the local area from the station. 

Photo: Courtesy Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton

As their residency draws to a close, Robert and Sam will present their findings in an exhibition at Brierfield Library. Danger SignalS will bring together photography, archival material and documentation, alongside work created with and by participants from the local community. The exhibition title is taken from an archive image listed as ‘Co-op social event – Brierfield’, which features a custom garment mimicking train and industrial signage from the 1920s. An edition of artist booklets will be launched towards the end of the exhibition and will be available to take away.

Following the exhibition, a dual rotating display case will be installed within the vicinity of the platform as part of an ongoing series of artists works curated around the station, encouraging interaction with this space and promoting connectivity in and around Brierfield. 

Photo: Courtesy Robert Parkinson and Sam Rushton

Danger SignalS
Robert Parkinson, Sam Rushton and the people of Brierfield
Brierfield Library
February 1st – 22nd

Opening Times
Monday – 9 – 5
Tuesday – 9 – 7
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 9 – 5
Friday – 9 – 1
Saturday – 9 – 1
Sunday – Closed

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.

This project has been co-commissioned by In-Situ and Connecting East Lancashire, in partnership with Barnfield Construction, Community Rail Lancashire, Network Rail, Northern, Pendle Borough Council and Friends of Pendle Stations. It aims to 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.

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