Friday, 7 October 2011

in-situ is in situ in Brierfield

We are artists who have a lot of ideas and are always inspired by our environment; but what inspires us is not necessarily of any interest or concern to anyone else. As an artist working in a studio this is a not an issue; as an artist working in environment it is.

For reasons that will become clearer as this blog progresses, in-situ is in situ in Brierfield.
Brierfield is a small town nestled between Burnley and Nelson in Pendle, Lancashire.
The surrounding Pennine landscape is spectacular, with Pendle Hill less than 4km north east of the town

The resident population of Brierfield, as measured in the 2001 Census, was 5,232. Of those 5,232:
·      Nearly a quarter of residents were under 16.
·      Over 55% of the adult population were married.
·      34% of the population were Pakistani, 64% White, and 2% other.
·      A third of the population were Muslim in religion.
·      Just under half of the population were in work and 57% were economically active.
Additional key facts based on 2001 Census
·      A third of households contained children.
·      75% of households were owner occupied with 15% privately rented.
·      Nearly 30% had no central heating.  
·      Over 35% of households had no access to a car.

In 2007 the population is recorded as 8,1099 (,_Lancashire)
In 2010, Brierfield population was 10,271 according to the GeoNames geographical database.
The 2011 census record has not yet been made public.

As this blog evolves, more information about: the place and the people; why we are here in this particular place; and what we are up to with the community, will be posted. 

In-situ is stepping out in Brierfield
starting with
bench hopping
open minded
open to conversation
open sketch books
and cameras – 1 macro and 1 wide angle

our first day out was a hot day

we sat on 4 out of the 9 benches positioned along our short stroll 

And this is what we saw and drew:

men on a bench

people walking

lots of people walking

shalwar kameez  blowing in the breeze

some ladies wrapped up

traffic – lots of traffic
a busy thoroughfare
the main route to /from the motorway (M65)
windows wound down
music blaring
base thumping

We wandered off the high street
dilapidated and inhabited side by side

His view – washing, boarded up properties, and minarets

He remembered me
and the dog poo highlighting project I did along the canal more than two years ago

it’s still an issue on the streets

at what I called dog poo triangle
down by the canal
fouling is much reduced
from 56 incidents to 3
2 bit from dogs
1 bit from a fox

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