Super Slow Way

Read more about our Super Slow Way project, and find out how we are energising communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through arts.

Super Slow Way, Rhapsody to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Super Slow Way is an Arts Council Funded commissioning programme in Pennine Lancashire shaped by local communities working alongside a wide range of local, national and international artists and producers.

Super Slow Way takes its name from a poem by Ian McMillan, the Canal & River Trust’s poet laureate for 2012, about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The poem encapsulates the evolution of the canal, from the ‘Super Highway’ of the region’s booming textile industry 200 years ago to the ‘Super Information Highway’ the canal has become today, a fibre optic route for the digital age.

The canal is also an important source of nature and tranquility today, a Super Slow Way where people and communities can take time out and explore how time can be used more creatively. It’s this transformation of the canal, and its impact that informs Super Slow Way’s work with the diverse communities found along the canal’s route, from Blackburn to Pendle.

Three key themes

The programme features a combination of community commissions, artist residencies and strategic commissions, all of which involve artists working with individuals, communities, businesses and others to explore the Super Slow Way’s three key themes of manufacturing past and present, the natural environment, and the digital world.

The vision is for the canal to become a vehicle for bringing communities together on a waterway which everyone shares, exploring how radical and ambitious art programming by the people of Pennine Lancashire can develop creativity, strength and connectedness across and within communities.

Upcoming highlights include Arts in Manufacturing a residency programme in collaboration with The National Festival of Making, Reetu Sattar’s Lost Tune as part of Liverpool Biennial’s Touring programme and in Oct 2019 the launch of the British Textile Biennial. See for more information.

Last date edited: 28 November 2018