The project, co-commissioned by In-Situ and Connecting East Lancashire will improve the visibility and experience of Brierfield Railway Station, to promote the public transport network and active travel routes leading towards it, including walkways, cycle, rail and canal routes. It is part of a larger programme of work developing the area around Brierfield Railway station and Northlight.
Community Rail Lancashire in partnership with Connecting East Lancashire are working with artists Sam Rushton and Rob Parkinson to help raise the profile, awareness, access and engagement with Brierfield Railway Station.
During the research stage of the residency, Sam and Robert have been exploring the history and geography of the town and meeting communities connected to and by the railway station, and bringing people together during a season of artist-led workshops based on walking. Participants will learn new skills from printmaking, clay sculpture and creative writing as a way of responding to the local environment. The artists are also developing a workbook with activities to accompany these sessions. This will all feed into a later stage of work with the residents groups they have brought together to develop interventions at the station and surrounding area.
Caroline Eccles from Huckleberry Films has been commissioned to make a number of short films about this project and one taking place at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire and the first one about Brierfield has just gone live on YouTube and can be watched by clicking the link below: