Artist Opportunity: Connecting Brierfield Railway Station

Artist residency raising awareness, animating and connecting people to Brierfield Railway Station

June 2019 – January 2020

Artists Fee £7000 with a Materials Budget £8000 (inclusive of VAT)

Deadline for proposals: 5pm Monday 3rdJune 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 18thJune, 2019



In-Situ working in partnership withConnecting East Lancashire is seeking to commission an artist (or artist partnership, collective or organisation) to help raise the profile of, and improve access and engagement with, Brierfield Railway Station and its surroundings.

The selected artist will engage local groups (including Friends of Pendle Stations), communities and visitors to Brierfield in order to generate a number of temporary and permanent works that will improve the visibility and experience of Brierfield Railway Station, to promote the public transport network and active travel routes, and widen travel horizons. These may include:

  • tours and events that animate the space
  • signage around the station and its disused Platform 2
  • temporary or semi-permanent architecture/sculpture installed around the station and immediate area
  • maps and guides (digital and physical) that connect the railway station, town and mill including cycle routes

The artist commission will be part of a larger programme of work improving Brierfield Railway station and the Northlight. The artist will be expected to work collaboratively both with regards to public consultation, and also with the stakeholders in the partnership.



Phase One:June –  August 2019. Research and engagement, and creative consultation activities with residents and visitors to inform designs and ideas for interventions and works around the Brierfield Railway Station.

Phase Two:September – January 2020. Delivery, presentation and installation of activities and works with all installations in situ by January 2020.



  1. a) Minimum 4 open workshops/activities/sessions as creative consultation to inform the permanent and temporary outcomes.
  2. b) A series of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary artworks, co-produced with local individuals and groups to be installed in Brierfield Railway Station and its surroundings


How to Apply

Please submit:

A covering letter (email) and attach, as a single PDF file of up to 10mbs:

  • An outline of your interest in the project and initial ideas for your potential approach (max 500 words).
  • A statement detailing your relevant experience (max 500 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Up to five examples of your work – either within the PDF or via links to Dropbox or similar. Time-based media should be limited to five clips, each no more than five minutes duration. These files should be a total of up to 10mbs.
  • Names and contact details for two referees – references will only be requested if you are shortlisted.


Applications to be sent to:

[email protected]

Applications to be received no later than 5pm Monday 3rdJune 2019

Shortlisted artists will be notified by end of Tuesday 11th June 2019

Interviews Tuesday 18th June 2019


Additional Information

In-Situ is an artist-led organisation based in Brierfield, Pendle. In-Situ’s vision is for art to be part of everyday life; for our art to be an art of action; for our art to contribute to society as a whole; for our art to challenge current thinking about environment, people, place, and culture. Founded in 2012, In-Situ works alongside the local community to create visible, self-sustaining art and culture, through a range of collaborative artworks, events, local and international artist residencies and partnerships with other organisations.

Northlight Development
The catalyst for this project has been the wider regeneration of Brierfield and in particular, Northlight. A Grade II Listed Cotton Mill of some 372,000 sq foot; the Mill has undergone a £32m investment to create a flagship mixed use development which offers a place to live, work and relax. It is intended that the Mill will lead to around 600 people using the Mill for work, 150 living on site and several hundred visiting the estate for sports and cultural purposes.

Connecting East Lancashire
Connecting East Lancashire is a project funded by the Department for Transport with the purpose of:

  • Broadening travel horizons;
  • Increasing physical activity & wellbeing;
  • Reducing congestion & carbon emissions to improve air quality and the local environment;
  • Enable more people to access employment, training & education.

The project engages with a wide range of businesses, local organisations and communities to support these objectives.

One of the priorities of Connecting East Lancashire is to promote and encourage active travel (walking, cycling and use of public transport). As part of the project, an audit of the railway stations within East Lancashire was undertaken, which included a review of Brierfield Railway Station, where the potential for growth at the railway station was identified.

Adjacent to the railway station is Brierfield Mill which has recently seen the opening of premises to its first organisations – Lancashire Adult Learning Centre, In-Situ and Burnley FC in the Community. There is further expansion anticipated in the future at the mill to include housing, hotel facilities and premises for other businesses.

Further south of the railway station and Brierfield Mill, the area has a wide range of new housing, which is on-going and excellent access to the canal network – also possible from the mill itself. Northwards from the railway station is the town centre and access to local amenities via the railway bridge (Bridge Street) for walking traffic as well as the road from the railway station

Connecting East Lancashire project has an ambition to develop a community engagement project; to look at how this can support the ambiance and ‘feel’ of the area around the railway station, sign the access and work with other interested local organisations to make a positive difference.  

Partner Organisations
Partner Organisations for this project include but not exclusive to Barnfield Construction, Burnley FC in the Community, East Lancashire Community Rail, Friends of Pendle Stations, In-Situ, Lancashire Adult Learning Centre, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail, Northern Rail, and Pendle Borough Council.

Brierfield Railway Station
Brierfield railway station serves the small town of Brierfield, Lancashire, England and is on the East Lancashire Line 2 1⁄4 miles (3.6 km) east of Burnley Central railway station towards Colne (the terminus). The station is managed by Northern, who also provide all passenger trains serving it. The station is unstaffed and only has basic facilities (no waiting room, just a shelter and a modern ticket vending machine), though there are passenger information screens, timetable posters and a long-line PA system in place to provide train running information. The platform has step-free access from the adjoining street. Network Rail owns the railway infrastructure and determines the timetable. The station is well looked after by the friends of the Friends of Pendle Railway Stations.


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