An Excavation of Memory and Imagination – Christian Bell

peepersReally lovely to see the work of Christian Bell in the first ever online Degree Show for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree students of Blackburn University Centre.

As part of an ongoing project, Christian delivered the Peeper’s pop-up event at Prism Contemporary Gallery earlier this year.

Christian’s digital publication, ‘An Excavation of Memory and Imagination’ is a documentation of participation and positions itself as an artwork – exploring a site specific cultural heritage, and through collaborative and participatory processes, produced a live artwork which excavated and re-imagined a collective memory of a place in time. Interesting stuff, congratulations Christian!

Delivered in partnership with Prism Contemporary Gallery and the Townscape Heritage Project, Christian’s work also generated some useful discussion about Blackburn’s culture and leisure offer that will support delivery of the Townscape Heritage Project and help to inform our Cultural Strategy going forward.




The blindness of the everyday

Blackburn a Town and its PeopleThere was a time when you could walk across the street without giving much thought to the history (good and bad) of statues and the people they memorialise. Without having to do a moral account of their achievements or provenance of their wealth. But, this blindness is no longer possible when movements across the world want change. It’s fine for our relationship to statues to change, sometimes gradually over decades, sometimes overnight, but what we should not do is ignore this change, shrug it off and walk past, especially if what it represents has the power to harm. The past is not always in the past.
Comments to this post have been turned off, as those most likely to defend this statue are ultimately not the ones who should decide if it is or isn’t threatening. This should come from those in our community most affected and we are listening. #BlackLivesMatter #townscapeheritage

Paint the Town @ Home

FCB02273-9FE6-4FEB-B2D6-6A6A7160DE56We are delighted that despite the current lockdown restrictions, we have found a way to make sure this year’s Paint the Town competition can still take place.

With a few little tweaks and a bit of technical assistance, the amazing team at The Bureau (supported by Blackburn BID, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and us here at the Townscape Heritage Project) have given the competition a social distancing make-over and launched ‘Paint the Town @ Home’!

The one-day, live and interactive on-line event to be held on 30th May 2020, invites people to join in and create an artwork that celebrates the town and it’s people from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
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Project Evaluation Opportunity

TNLHLF_Colour_Logo_English_RGB_0_0Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to evaluate the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project.

Much of the initial desk work will be ideal for people currently having to work from home.

Quotes upto a max of £8,000 are being invited via The Chest North West procurement portal, where full details can be found.

Closing date: 22 April 2020.