Young Radicals

There’s something about this area that inspires people to do the things that they do…

Young Radicals is a project for young people connected to our Yes And… programme. Inspired by some key radical figures in Pendle’s heritage, it encourages young people to consider their potential impact or legacy and reclaim the word ‘radical’ as positive and affirming, and that important connection between who we are, the things we care about, and the places we inhabit.

Image: Richard Tymon / courtesy British Textiles Biennial

A growing group of young people from across Pendle, are meeting regularly at The Garage to explore the history of the Pendle Radicals – a number of radical thinkers and doers from Pendle’s history. The growing list includes figures such as George Fox, the founder of the Quakers who had his vision on Pendle Hill in 1856. The suffragist Selina Cooper and Sir Jonas Moore – the ‘father of time’, responsible for creating Greenwich Mean Time.

The Young Radicals project will reflect on current local and global issues, art and activism, debating and protest and support the group to find their own connections and voice in response to issues inspired by the programme and to consider what it means to be a radical now.

Image: Richard Tymon / courtesy British Textiles Biennial

The group involved in the Young Radicals have been working together for some time as part of our wider Yes And… programme, which offers creative space and opportunities for young people to get involved in In-Situ’s activities in the community and develop their own ideas in response to local and global issues.

In-Situ will work with the young people to curate a Young Radicals conference in Summer 2020, exploring key issues and challenges young people are facing today. This event could have a local, national and global focus and aim to connect young people from all of the world, opening up a wider conversation about these crucial issues and come up with ideas and projects that could offer solutions to these growing issues. 

Images: Richard Tymon / courtesy British Textiles Biennial

Young Radicals launched with a banner making worksop with our partners, Mid Pennine Arts during the British Textiles Biennial. Inspired by the Banner Culture exhibition at Brierfield Mill, the young people worked with artist Cath Ford to design and create their own textile banner for Yes And…

Young Radicals has been created in response to Pendle Radicals, led by Mid Pennine Arts as part of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. 

Young Radicals is funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund through The Gatherings programme, connecting people and place as part of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. 


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