Emma Long has sent us this post:
Co-creating with tenants of Together Housing Flats surrounding Central Square and local residents in Haslingden and participants from Rawtenstall during July – August 2021, ‘Together, We Green’ are 2 sets of bunting flags of selected images which celebrate people’s interactions with the green of the South Pennines Park from their homes, on their doorsteps and to th’ills.
On each pennant are repeated images which depict my co-creators’ identification of significant places on the South Pennines Map and captures their experiences of both the urban and the rural; the essential or the inspirational…they are repeated as this activity formed the basis of each session which introduced new co-creators to the project and overall concept.
These are supplemented by playful plant and human portrait analogue photography, homages/temporal shrines to ‘particular’ plants and their associated stories, intuitive ink drawings of those plants, collagraph prints of bouquets assembled from a communal garden space and cellulose acetate shoe sole shapes capturing a selected view along with descriptions of the objects, sounds and scents encountered on the walk to get there.
You’ll notice that one set of bunting is looking a bit worse for wear – this has already been displayed for almost 2 months in the communal garden space in Haslingden whilst the other has been produced for the exhibition over the weekend and will be fastened to the trees adjacent to the former Whitaker entrance for the remainder of the year.
This project was commissioned by Beam and South Pennines Park, formerly Pennine Prospects.
For more information, please visit: https://www.beam.uk.net/events/south-pennines-park-launches/https://southpenninespark.org/2021/09/11/beam-inspiring-communities-through-art