(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.

In year one, we are working with artists Nastassja Simensky, Rebecca Lee, Henrietta Armstrong and Kerry Morrison on projects to be launched throughout the next 12 months.

In-Situ’s role is also to help enrichen the cross-disciplinary dialogue, putting forward alternative approaches and collaborative ideas to ensure the success of the project lies in its embeddedness in the communites of, and around, Pendle Hill.

The Gatherings is funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Summit Shelter and a mobile studio

Collaborating with students at Manchester School of Architecture, we produced a series of unique proposals for PHLP, including building a shelter located near to the summit of Pendle Hill to protect visitors against poor weather conditions, a mobile information point, and multipurpose shepherds hut to promote the Forest of Bowland. The shelter has now been installed and the mobile unit is currently being developed.

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