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In-Situ luanch The Garage

In-Situ recently celebrated the launch of the Garage with a weekend of events the the people of Pendle.

The weekend began with speeches from Cllr Paul White (Pendle Borough Council) and Ian Tabron (Arts Council England). Both spoke of the importance of funding small projects that have a big social and economic impact. 

The public open day at The Garage began outside Brierfield Library where In-Situ had been based since forming in 2011. A crowd of 60 local people of all ages formed to create a public procession to Northlight, led by drumming and singing from local Nasheed singer, Hussnain Hanif.

“In-Situ is continuing to activate the route from the town centre to Northlight, as we saw on Saturday with the procession through Brierfield and across the railway bridge.”

“Our presence here now is about continuing to make Northlight accessible to local residents through activities that involve everyone and inspire people about what’s possible for the area. We are very excited about the future of this site and our role in reenergising local areas and landmarks.” (Paul Hartley, In-Situ)


On arrival at The Garage the Mayor of Brierfield cut the ribbon to rapturous applause, and local people streamed into the building to enjoy the day of activities, including food, drumming workshops, henna and facepainting, planting and Talkaoke with students from Marsden Heights Community College and local residents. This was followed by a memorable performance from Chand Ali Khan Qawwal to a packed audience.

The evening saw the opening performance of Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth, a mobile micro-opera created in response to the archaeological dig at Malkin Tower Farm. Artists Nastassja Simensky and Rebecca Lee were commissioned by In-Situ and Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership to work with local people, singers, archaeologists and historians to create the work as part of the £4.4m Heritage Lottery Funded project. There are two more opportunities to see this unique performance this coming weekend. (See notes for details)

In-Situ is an artist-led not-for-profit organisation based at Brierfield, Pendle. In-Situ’s vision is for art to be part of everyday life, for our art to be an art of action; for our art to contribute to society as a whole; for our art to challenge current thinking about environment people place and culture.

Founded in 2012, In-Situ works towards embedding itself alongside the local community to create visible, self-sustaining art and culture, through a range of collaborative artworks, events, local and international artist residencies and partnerships with other organisations.

In Situ gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England, PEARL (Pendle Council and Barnfield Construction) and Liberata Architects working for PEARL in the development of The Garage.

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The former Smith & Nephew Mill in Brierfield dominates the landscape as a symbol of Lancashire’s revolutionary industrial past. After standing empty for five years it is now the flagship development for PEARL – Pendle Enterprise And Regeneration Ltd. The transformation of the stunning Grade II listed building is well underway to turn the seven-acre site into a dynamic destination which capitalises on its unique heritage and canal-side location. Through a sensitive restoration with a contemporary design twist, coupled with the creation of a quality-landscaped setting, the mill complex is being brought back to life.