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) – a four-year Heritage Lottery Funded programme to restore and improve access to the hill and connect the diverse communities on either side of it. This ambitious programme of activity aims to connect and re-connect people with their landscape, it’s future and its past, to safeguard the area’s wildlife and heritage, and to increase enjoyment and awareness of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Over the next four years, In-Situ will support the project through working with artists on specific commissions. Each will explore how people connect to the hill and its intangible heritage, such as cultural traditions, traditions skills, knowledgeand dialects.These projects will involve working collaboratively with the communities that share it. 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.
Material Culture Unearthed
Material Culture Unearthed: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth is the first commission for The Gatherings. Artists Nastassja and Rebecca Lee were artists in residence on the archaeological dig for seventeenth century culture at Malkin Tower Farm in June 2018. They have created a mobile micro opera in response to the dig, which toured venues around Pendle in November 2018. A short film will be screened in March that documents the project.
Pendle Hill Summit Stones
Launching in early 2019 is Summit Stones by Henrietta Armstrong. Twelve large, multi-faceted stones, some cast out of cement and some carved out of locally sourced limestone will be partially buried around the trig point on Pendle Hill summit. Each stone will be engraved with designs relating to different aspects about the hill influenced by creative sessions with local community groups.
In 2019 In-Situ lead artist Kerry Morrison will begin her project with Peat on Pendle Hill. Working with conservationists she will explore and document the process of restoring the peat on the hill.
We are currently commissioning an individual, collective or organisation/company to design and fabricate a mobile studio and exhibition space, inspired by the idea of a shepherd’s hut.
The mobile hut will be a travelling exhibition space and information hub as part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, and a studio for artists undertaking commissioned residencies as part of this programme. The hut will be in regular use from early 2019 – April 2022, taking up temporary residence around the various towns and villages at the foot of Pendle Hill.
The Gatherings is funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership