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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

This major £2.5m arts programme is being shaped by artists and people of Pennine Lancashire. Led by Super Slow Way’s director, Laurie Peake, local, national and international artists and arts organisations are working with communities on commissions and residencies inspired by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Upcoming highlights will include O.K The Musical in April, a co-commission with Tate Liverpool, which brings Berlin-based artist Christopher Kline to Lancashire and Liverpool to work with community groups on a musical about his hometown Kinderhook, New York. In the summer, Super Slow Way will be bringing HOME47 to Lancashire as part of a co-commission with Manchester International Festival. The work by Sharmeen Obadi-Chinoy (double Oscar winning filmmaker) is a film installation responding to the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan and the resulting mass migration. In the Autumn a new season, Fabrications, will explore the use of textiles in contemporary art and the vibrant history and future of the local textiles industry fed by the canal corridor through a series of commissions, residencies, workshops and a large symposium event.

Fabrications Festival 

As part of the Fabrications Festival, mixed media performance artist Harriet Riddell (who specialises in observational drawings) will be cycling along 22 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Pendle and Blackburn from 1-6 September. Travel and freedom are key themes in Harriet’s work which are represented in the journey made to create the work, as well as the how the needle travels freely over her canvas. Harriet uses her bicycle as a generator and will ask people she meets to pedal to generate electricity for her sewing machine.

Pulling her sewing machine in a trailer behind her and inviting local people who use the canal to jump on the bicycle and pedal to create electricity and power the sewing machine. Harriet will then stitch portraits of the ‘pedallers’ and canal life and the landscape onto the back of cotton shirts. The canal’s history, peoples’ stories and Harriet’s journey will be weaved into each shirt using a continuous one line thread drawing. The art-works will be exhibited at the Fabrications Exchange on the 29th and 30th of September. 

For more information about the Fabrications Festival, and upcoming events, exhibitions and projects, please visit Super Slow Way

Last date edited: 20 September 2017