More Haslingden food art!

Follow the trail and meet nine fabulous Haslingden Food Heroes. From street food to butchers, from tea rooms to bakers, Haslingden has it all. Caroline Eccles, from Huckleberry Films, has produced a series of stunning portraits accompanied by interviews. You can follow the trail physically, sampling the wares as you go or find all the images and texts on Instagram @HaslingdenFoodHeroes

Trail gallery runs from 15th – 28th November. 

The Haslingden Alternative Pie Shop


Haslingden is well known for its food offer and not least the excellent pies available from the likes of Cissy Greens and Manning’s. 
For the alternative Pie Shop, community artist, Emma Long asked local people what would be in their perfect pie 🥧.
Market shoppers, visitors to the Dearden Tea Rooms and Haslingden Crafternoon group, amongst others, contributed their ideas which they made out of clay. 
The shop window display offers some curious recipes: fillings include dinosaur, pot noodle, haggis and strawberry. 
The alternative pie shop at 13 Deardengate (former hospice shop) has a limited lease and the pies will be on display to 28 November. The pie shop is part of the Haslingden Food Heroes Project culminating on 28 November with a grub bazaar at the market, a Christmas fair at the Dearden Tea Rooms and live music. 

Instagram: Haslingdenfoodheroes
The Alternative Pie Shop and Haslingden Food Heroes is supported by Rossendale Borough Council’s Wellcome Back Fund. 

The Boo: Artists Networking Event

Here’s a tempting invite from Jenn Trethewey at The Boo to join her for an Artists Networking Event on Friday 6th August.

It doubles as a relaunch of the Boo’s Gin Bar, and an unveiling of Caroline Johnson’s mural at the Bar. I’ve seen photographs of this and it looks stunning.

Please note that Jenn is asking for RSVPs as space will be limited.

The Whitaker re-opens!

This weekend – Saturday 24th July – the Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery re-opens after a long, long break for a major rebuild and overhaul. This has been funded largely through a Heritage Lottery Grant.

It’s now open Wednesday through to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, with a late night on Thursdays until 8pm. Plus there’s a kitchen and bar that will stay open later still. There’s also a new shop area in the entrance area. The building now includes a back cobbled yard area and a ‘Coach House’, both of which can be used for a wide range of activities.

Several local artists have been involved in the process of recreating the museum. Ruth Evans ‘Irwell Tapestry‘ is a highlight of the upstairs corridors. There’s a newly commissioned film showing, which features local craftspeople and poetry. Bob Frith has created a Cabinet of Curiosities (above) in the old Drawing Room, with help from Nicola Hebson and Kay Kennedy. Liam Spencer, Paddy Campbell and the Apna group also have their artwork on display. Chinese animator Kain Leo, and Manchester musician Chris Davies, have worked with Bob to create a short animation that shows in the Cabinet at 15 minute intervals.

Current art exhibitions are spread over three galleries and show the work of Kara Lyons and David Hancock. The museum is beginning an open application process for artists wishing to exhibit in the galleries. For further details contact info@thewhitaker.org

Monstone Exhibition – The Boo Sat 24th – Tues 27th Oct.

The Boo presents an interactive exhibition features two fantastical tales, ‘The Baum Rabbit and The Fairies’ and ‘The Tale of Mother Red Cap’, once associated with the Mon­stone, a large stone found standing on the moorland above Whitworth on the South Pennine Moors. There is accompanying audio to accompany the exhibition. A QR code to access these will be available at the exhibition. Please bring a smart device(s) and headphone(s) to access this.

This exhibition co-insides with the launch of David Chatton Barker’s book featuring the two tales with illustrations by Bob Frith and Lucy Atherton. Copies of the book and record will be available to buy at The Boo during the exhibition. The Boo’s current programme of events is “Pay What You Can” to make all events affordable. However if you are able to donate the price of a ticket this will help The Boo to continue to keep theatre affordable to all.

The Boo holds the ‘Good To Go’ Industry Standard. Meaning we adhere to the government guidance for our industry for COVID-19. They have all the relevant risk assessments and processes in place to maintain cleanliness and social distancing. To find out more about these COVID-19 policies and what to expect when you visit see https://www.horseandbamboo.org/before-you-arrive/

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Paddy at the Carpark!

Paddy Campbell is creating a sculpture as part of a forthcoming series of new works of art to be placed at The Whitaker Museum in Rossendale. The sculptures will utilise several felled beech trees, reflecting their placement and the environment in which they have grown.

While the sculpture is still young and in a state of development there is a definite direction to the works progress. The sculpture is robust and tactile – retaining vigour, catching sunlight and the sounds of wood. There are more on the way over the winter.

“As part of the RAT this year I feel it would be nice to view this work as it develops. The sculpture is outside and you are welcome to stump up and have a look. The sculpture can be viewed at my outdoors studio – the top car park at The Whitaker, Haslingden Road!”

Impressions

Well worth a visit is the Impressions show at Towneley Hall. The show features work by 25 printmakers from Prospect Studios. The show is planned to run until the end of the year.

For visiting the show here is a little bit of information about how we are working during COVID:

To visit, people will need to book a slot with us at Towneley (Mon-Thurs & Sat-Sun):

From the October half term our opening hours will change to weekends only – 12-4pm, last entry at 3.30pm

Note: To promote the show on Facebook please do tag Towneley Hall in any posts and use the exhibition link from the website which can be found here:http://towneley.org.uk/events/impressions-a-printmaking-response-to-towneley/

2020 Art Trail

Rossendale Art Trail as an open studios weekend has been postponed in 2020 as a result of the current Corvid19 situation.
We’re naturally hoping that normal service will be resumed at some point in 2021. In the meantime local artists and craftspeople have come together on this website. In the future it could be that some studios feel able to open their doors to the public, if so, artists and studios may want to open their studios at different times throughout the year rather than wait for the annual open studios art trail in Autumn 2021.

Whatever the latest news, we’ll post it on this site.

Image: View from the Whitaker, Caroline Johnson