Our vision is for In-Situ to be a 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.
In-Situ is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Brierfield, Pendle. It was founded in 2011 by Paul Hartley, Kerry Morrison and William Titley who were inspired by a desire to help bring art into the colourful existing cultures in Pendle, Lancashire. Paul and William were born and bred here and continue to live here in, as William puts it: the far east of Lancashire
In 2011, Pendle was not known for its arts scene. Arts and culture happened elsewhere and you had to travel to experience it. We wanted to change that and bring great contemporary arts practice into Brierfield and Pendle, believing that everyone has the right to access great art. Our vision was, and still is, for In-Situ to be a part of everyday life. For artist to become as familiar in the landscape as any other profession within everyday life, like the police officer, the shopkeeper, or the street cleaner. For artists to be active members within our communities. 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.
Through a range of art processes: performance, film, installations, drawings, collecting and open-ended conversations, and partnerships with local people and organisations, we have gained an ever-deepening understanding of where we live and work and the art that best engages peoples of Pendle.
We have not done this alone.
From the beginning, In-Situ has invited other artists to engage with the lives and landscape of Pendle. Emerging practitioners to internationally renowned artists have worked with us, our partners, and members of our communities; responding to local issues and reasons for celebration in novel and accessible ways.
What unites our practice is a socially engaging approach through which we have built relationships within Brierfied and Nelson and around Pendle.
The in-situ team grew (from 3) as we created paid opportunities for interns – emerging artists. Together, Paul, Kerry, William, and emerging artists: Elly Langlois, Hannah Stringer, Jasper Llewellyn, and Zara Saghir worked together to develop In-Situ: our aims, vision and code of ethics. Through collaboration we embraced a non-hierarchical way of working. All of this fed into an Arts Council England application to become an NPO and Capital Grant for our own premises: The Garage; both of which we were awarded in 2018.
With the flow of life, some members of our team have moved on and new people have joined the team: Andy Abbott, Anna Taylor, and Hussnain Hanif. Thanks to everyone involved in our journey, from then till now, In-Situ, in Brierfield, in Pendle, is firmly embedded and our story continues.