Found In Blackburn


Found in Blackburn is a fantastic Heritage Lottery Funded project, exploring Blackburn’s fascinating history and exciting future, through a series of commissioned artworks. On Saturday 11 March, works from 12 artists will be exhibited in 13 venues across Blackburn town centre.


The project delves into some of the town’s empty buildings and hidden treasures, alongside the memories of the people who used to, and continue to, inhabit these spaces. These memories will also form the starting point for considering what the future of these buildings could be, and what local people, young and old, want for the future of their town. The project has commissioned 12 site-specific creative responses to Blackburn which will be exhibited for upto one month.

The programme is a real treat for anyone into art, history, heritage, architecture, the built environment and placemaking (that’s us then!). With such a diverse range of talented artists and wide variety of subjects we can expect to see the town and it’s hidden gems in a whole new light.


Our pick of the exhibition:

We cant wait to catch work from award winning film makers Liam Saint-Pierre & Aaron Dunleavy who have been looking at Tony’s ballroom, Holy Trinity Church and a Waterfall Mill.

Richard Tymon’s photographic documentary of Blackburn’s oldest brewing company, Thwaites should also be a real treat.

Inspired by Christopher John Ball, a well-known photographer who captured Blackburn in the 1980’s, Derren Lee Poole has produced his own documentary photographs, focusing on Shadsworth.

Old Town will see a series of photographs from Blackburn’s past printed in large format and installed in various locations at various across the town – Blackburn bus station, Library, Town Hall Square, Tony’s Ballroom and the Cotton Exchange.

Curated Car Parks – a guided tour with David Boultbee around some of Blackburn’s hidden (or not so hidden!) brutalist architectural gems – not to be missed.

Download full programme here


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