Dave Pearson Book Launch

Dave Pearson’s The Ritual Year’ book is being launched at Todmorden’s Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic on Saturday 24th June.

The Centre is on the main road to Hebden Bridge, in the centre of Todmorden. Postcode his OL14 5BB. Dave’s close friend Margaret Mytton will be saying a few words about the Calendar Customs work of the 1970s which form the basis of the book. The event is being organised by Folklore Tapes (recently at Analogue Farm in Whitworth) and the evening will include music by their Folk Root band.

Please join us!

The Art Trail is coming!

The weekend of the 26th and 27th November will see the return of Rossendale Art Trail.
Venues will be open from 10am until 4pm.

There’s some new features this year including Stubbylee Greenhouses in Bacup hosting the Rossendale Collective Group. There will be 12 different venues in all, and 30 artists are showing their work. Hot food and drinks will be available at The Whitaker, Horse & Bamboo and Stubbylee.

Ella Cole has compiled a smart brochure with support of all the participating artists – you can pick up a copy from the RAT venues. There’s information in the brochure about a host of events and workshops associated with the Art Trail. These include Wagon Tales at Irwell terrace, Bacup; The Whitaker’s contemporary art exhibitions; Screen Printing with Matt Davies; Mandala Drawing at Valley Artists – and more!

Drawn to Rawtenstall

We’ve heard from Stephie Jessop of Culturapedia that they are organising a follow-up event to ‘Drawn To Rawtenstall’ last October and that there’s a call out for artists.

Stephie says:

We want to turn Rawtenstall into an outdoor public gallery. Working mainly off Bank Street we want to fill empty walls and interesting side nooks with banners (or other weather durable reproductions) of your art.

Ideally, the artwork will be of Rawtenstall or the surrounding area. The idea is that these banners will encourage people to take a moment to see their local area in a new way. We are, however, open to all styles and interpretations!

We have scouted out some interesting spots already (bricked up doorways, and windows that could frame a piece, empty walls on the side of shops, hanging banners from trees, lamp posts or railings) but we are also open to other suggestions if you have a spot in mind that you’ve always wanted to fill with art. The only caveat is that the space must be in Rawtenstall, and open to the public. 

The idea is that we will reproduce your artwork, onto weather durable, high-quality banners. This is important as we are hoping the “exhibition” will remain in place for several months and will need to endure all the weather of Rossendale. We may produce several banners of the same piece of art to display in different areas/sizes etc.


We are offering a fee of up to £100 per artwork to artists who have something they are happy for us to reproduce in this format. The banner will also credit the artist and have room for either a social media handle or website. We are still confirming how long the banners will be up but we are imagining around 3 months. Once the exhibition has finished we are happy for you to then keep the banner. There may be further opportunities in the future, for these banners to be used in other ways, but we will come back to you to discuss this, and further fees, if those opportunities arise.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a piece of art work for the exhibition, we ask that you email Stephie stephie@culturapedia.co with a photo of the piece, or pieces, you’d like to put forward by Friday 22nd April. We have a limited budget for reproductions and we can not guarantee that every piece submitted will make it into the final exhibition, but we will reply to everyone the week commencing Monday 25th April.


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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