20th - 22nd Sept 2019
Burnley and Padiham
openings
  • Art
  • Talks
  • Poetry
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Culture
  • Tours
  • Writing
  • Demos
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Discussion
  • Open Studios

Welcome to our town’s first ever arts weekender.

Over the course of three days this September, artists and creative people around Burnley are opening their doors, giving everyone a unique opportunity to see their work, share their passion and celebrate the arts. Whether you’re seriously creative or just mildly curious, we hope there is something for everyone in this programme of workshops, talks, demos, discussions, exhibitions, tours and performances.

Openings has been put together by Burnley’s creative community, to showcase what they’re up to – we hope you’ll get stuck in. Events are free, unless highlighted and advance booking is essential for some events. Check each event listing for detail.

A full list of events can be found below, or you can download a programme here.

ready? Let's go!
Writer in residence

Winston Plowes

Our festival writer will become an embedded poet and word artist in Burnley throughout Openings. He will be turning over stones, scratching the surface and shining a light on the obscure and interesting, celebrating our town and tickling its fancy with his metaphors. Winston will be helping people discover beauty under their noses, listen to the silence in secret corners and see Burnley from a different perspective.

Winston Plowes shares his floating home in Calderdale with his seventeen-year-old cat, Sausage. He teaches creative writing in schools, universities and to local groups while she dreams of Mouseland. His latest collection, Tales from the Tachograph was published jointly with Gaia Holmes in 2018 by Calder Valley Poetry.

www.winstonplowes.co.uk

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the zine machine

Drop in workshop
Fri - Sat 12 - 4pm | Market Hall
Sun 12 - 4pm | Burnley Town Centre

The Zine machine is a portable zine-making workshop fully equipped with everything you need to make your own low-fi magazine. Learn lots of different techniques and add your Zine to Burnley’s Zine Library. The zines made throughout the festival will be displayed in the Burnley Market Hall. Artists Hannah Whitlow and Kayt Hughes are bringing their talents together to create the Zine Machine. The pair met on the Fine Art Course at Nottingham Trent University. This is the first time Hannah and Kayt have collaborated Machine on a project and are very excited about it!

Friday

Make your own craft backpack

Ellie, Lavinia Stamps Design Team | Workshop

10 - 4pm | Transform Crafts

£35

Create a beautiful paper craft backpack using Lavinia Stamps and Distress Oxides with Ellie from Lavinia Stamps Design Team, Transform Crafts’ resident Inking and Stamping tutor. Places are limited, please book in advance. Book in store or call 07368 209512

Look at THIS

| Discussion

11 - 12pm | That 0282 Place

Forum for local photographers, creative film-makers, and visual artists to discuss local projects, resources and existing support. The aim is to raise awareness, create peer support opportunities, identify gaps, find solutions, and encourage participation from new and existing practitioners. 0282 have a comprehensive film programme planned for 2019 and would like to include locally created works as part of that to offer an opportunity for local creativity to be viewed on a wider scale.

Your Very Own

| Discussion

12:30 - 1.30pm | That 0282 Place

Join us for a chaired discussion about our rich local creative history. Local contemporary creatives will be invited to consider contributing towards 0282’s podcast – short interviews for podcast inclusion can be booked on the day.

Be:spoke

Phil Evans | Workshop

2 - 4pm | That 0282 Place

Creative rhyming for a reason. Lyrical workshops for all, whether rap, poetry or prose, using edutainment as a template to address commissioned issues. Specialising in empowerment through expression.

Drink and Draw

Jai Redman | Workshop

7 - 9pm | One Sixty

Everyone is invited – artists and non-artists equally welcome – to this still life drawing session. We’ll be creating traditional still life drawings of fruit and flowers, and during the event our chefs will be on hand to create smoothies, mocktails or cocktails from the subject matter! There will be an accompanying exhibition by a local contemporary artist at the cafe. Free event but please book via Facebook and Eventbrite.

Wallpaper

Amy Tempest | Performance

7 - 8pm | Burnley Central Library

Join local poet Amy Lee Tempest for the launch of her experimental poetry sequence Wallpaper. Amy will read from the sequence, hold a Q&A session, and ask people to share their reactions to the work creatively. This event is not suitable for young children as it contains adult themes/ language. Wallpaper will be on show at the Library until 4th October. Tickets for the event are free but must be booked through Eventbrite.

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Saturday

Dear Flossy

Daisy James and Hannah Kay from Lunchtime Practice | Workshop

10 - 12pm | Burnley Central Library

Lunchtime Practice have created an installation for Burnley Central Library. Responding to a series of letters written to Dear Flossy, the artwork demonstrates what makes Burnley a special place and invites you to come along and create a big, bold and colourful print and take away a little piece of Burnley.

BYT Open House

| Information / Talk

10 - 1pm | Burnley Youth Theatre

Come and see our newly refurbished building, and find out about our popular weekly dance, drama, musical theatre workshops for children and young people. We do lots of work in the community, as well as offering Arts Award and of course putting on theatre shows for young and old. There’s always lots going on at BYT – join us for free creative activities and to find out more about what we do.

Mixed Media Workshop

Monika Maksym | Workshop

10 - 4:30pm | Transform Crafts

£50

Create a fabulous book box with secret drawer with Monika Maksym from Love Creations. Monika is also part of the Tando Creative and Andy Skinner design teams. All materials are provided. Place are limited and advance booking is essential. £50pp Book in store or call 07368 209512

Open Studio

Jane Richmond | Demonstration

10 - 4pm | Studio 191 – Jane Richmond

Visit Jane Richmond’s artist studio, with ceramic sculpture demonstrations throughout the day. Come and find out about individual tuition in ceramics and other media including painting with oils, acrylics, silk and watercolours. The studio is in the back garden (follow the arrows down the drive).

Look at THIS

| Discussion

11 - 12pm | That 0282 Place

Forum for local photographers, creative film-makers, and visual artists to discuss local projects, resources and existing support. The aim is to raise awareness, create peer support opportunities, identify gaps, find solutions, and encourage participation from new and existing practitioners. 0282 have a comprehensive film programme planned for 2019 and would like to include locally created works as part of that to offer an opportunity for local creativity to be viewed on a wider scale.

Arts and Culture in Burnley

Sophie Gibson | Information / Talk

11 - 12pm | One Sixty

Open discussion and Q&A led by Sophie Gibson, Director of Burnley Empire Ltd, on subject of “Arts and Culture in Burnley”

Goldwork Embroidery Workshop

Elnaz Yazdani | Workshop

12 - 3pm | Gawthorpe Hall

£20

This accompanies the Strands of Place and Time exhibition at Gawthorpe Hall, which features a collection of contemporary jewellery made by Elnaz Yasdani in response to an 18th century panel of Persian goldwork embroidery in Gawthorpe’s Textiles collection. For more information please visit www.gawthorpetextiles.org.uk/events

Your Very Own

| Discussion

12:30 - 1.30pm | That 0282 Place

Join us for a chaired discussion about our rich local creative history. Local contemporary creatives will be invited to consider contributing towards 0282’s podcast – short interviews for podcast inclusion can be booked on the day.

Drink and Draw

Jai Redman | Workshop

1 - 3pm | One Sixty

Still life drawing session for everyone – children must be accompanied by an adult. We’ll be creating traditional still life drawings of fruit and flowers, and during the event our chefs will be on hand to create smoothies and non-alcoholic mocktails from the subject matter! There will be an accompanying exhibition by a local contemporary artist at the cafe. Free event but please book via Facebook and Eventbrite.

Art Gallery Tour

Alison Cooper | Tour

1:30 - 2:30pm | Towneley Hall

£5

Join Assistant Curator Alison Cooper for a tour showcasing the highlights of the Towneley Hall Art Gallery Collection, looking at the hidden narratives behind many of the oil paintings. Meet in the shop area at 1.30pm. The usual public tours of the historic Hall will take place at 1pm and 2.30pm. Hall opening hours: Saturday to Thursday 12–5pm (last entry 4pm). Free with Hall pass or £5 including access to the Hall for the year.

Be:spoke

Phil Evans | Workshop

2 - 4pm | That 0282 Place

Creative rhyming for a reason. Lyrical workshops for all, whether rap, poetry or prose, using edutainment as a template to address commissioned issues. Specialising in empowerment through expression.

Platform 2K19

Jess McGlinchey | Performance

7 -9pm | Burnley Mechanics

£3 / £5

Discover the best of Burnley’s up and coming performers and artists. Featuring music from bands Critical Reaction, Prophets Without Honour, spoken word artists and Burnley’s most fabulous Drag Queen, Eltariel Avelorn. Platform 2K19’s aim is to give local performers a space to share their creativity and a springboard to raise their profiles. Join us to support Burnley’s fresh, local talent! U25s £3, 25+ £5, book via Burnley Mechanics box office.

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Sunday

Open Gallery

Jane Richmond | Demonstration

10 - 4pm | Unit 146 – Jane Richmond

Visit Jane Richmond’s own gallery, with watercolour painting demonstrations throughout the day. Work for sale on offer includes greetings cards at £2, bags for life from £5 and large ceramics pieces for commission at around £800.

Generation Change

Tina Dempsey | Drop in

12 - 4pm | Check website for location TBC

Generation Change are a group of 18-22 year olds in Burnley who want to use art as a tool to make a change in their community. They have commissioned artist Tina Dempsey to work with them to realise this goal. They invite you to say hello and join their conversations. Supported by Super Slow Way.

Feltmaking Workshop

Diane Flynn, Pendle Crafters | Workshop

12:30 - 3:30pm | Towneley Hall

£5

Come along and immerse yourself into the fabulous colourful world of felt. Learn the simple steps of basic wet felting to create your own piece of fabric to take away. Friendly tuition from Pendle Crafters for a fun session that you will want to try again and again. The only limits are your own imagination. Book via Burnley Mechanics box office 01282 664400.

Parkscape: Draw Your View

Emma Long | Workshop

1 - 4pm | Thompson Park Pavilion

Join artist Emma Long for a family-friendly art workshop in Thompson Park. Choose your viewpoint from the Pavilion and draw something that catches your eye within the natural ‘parkscape’. We will work on collaborative drawings using frames and other tools, and you can produce your own parkscape to take home.

Burnley Empire Opening

Heritage Open Day | Tour

One Sixty

As part of national Heritage Open Days, for one day only, members of the public will have the chance to see inside The Burnley Empire. Supporters will be offered a rare opportunity to see the auditorium for the first time since it last operated as a Bingo Hall in the mid 90’s. The event is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Book online via @BurnleyEmpire.

The Nasheed Choir

Super Slow Way | Performance

7:30pm | Burnley Mechanics

£5 / £2.50

Hussnain Hanif and Jules Evans met during Suzanne Lacy’s residency with In-Situ in Brierfield in 2015 where they collaborated with Suzanne to create a performance that fused their respective vocal traditions. Their performance was one of the highlights of the finale of the project, Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope, at a banquet for 600 Pendle residents at Brierfield Mill in 2017, then under development.

Both Pendle residents themselves, Hussnain is a much respected Nasheed exponent who takes his practice all over the world. Nasheed is a westernised form of mid’ha (praise) that originates from the 1,400 year old Sufi tradition of individual devotion and cultural expression, comprising poetic songs of love, harmony and peace. Jules is an experienced composer and choral director in the western tradition and he was excited by the harmonic possibilities of Nasheed and how they may interweave in and inspire his own practice. Together they worked up an idea of combining their two creative disciplines with a group of young people to present Nasheed as a choir.

The group came together at the end of July to learn vocal technique and choral singing for the first time. We are delighted to announce the world’s first Nasheed choir will show the progress to date at Burnley Mechanics on Sunday 22 September.

£5 full price and £2.50 for concessions.

Exhibitions

Glassmonkey

Rene Rowson | Exhibition

Until end of Sept | Glass Monkey

Glassmonkey Studio is a glass fusing and jewellery studio, making and selling bespoke glass art and handmade silver jewellery.  The gallery and shop also sells work by other local artists and crafts people.  Throughout the weekend there will be a temporary exhibition of original artwork by Rene Rowson.

Hidden Gems

UClan | Exhibition

Until 3rd Nov | Gawthorpe Hall

£6 / £4

A University of Central Lancashire exhibition inspired by Indian textiles in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, exploring fashion, fabric and faith with local school girls and their mothers working with artists, stylists and academic researchers to create and style their own digitally-printed head-scarves.

Lloyd George Higgins

Lloyd George Higgins | Exhibition

10am - 4pm | Towneley Hall

Working in an era of rapidly changing industrial scene, Lloyd George Higgins captured the pattern of life of the Pennine people. Depicting the landscape they had carved for themselves from their surroundings. Displaying his work from book illustrations to local scenes there are a number of prints of this work also for sale alongside the exhibition.

Neither Use Nor Ornament

Hannah Whitlow | Exhibition

Until 26th September | Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Burnley Mechanics

Neither use nor ornament is a new body of work by Hannah Whitlow. The series of ceramics explores the idea of non-functional objects that serve no purpose and are not necessarily pleasing to the eye – a literal take on ‘neither use nor ornament’. Combined with local phrases from growing up in Burnley, the work looks at Whitlow’s Northern working-class identity.

One Art Form to Another

John Parker | Exhibition

10am - 4pm | Towneley Hall

John Parker has shifted over the years from one art form to another, from professional bodybuilder to watercolour artist. As a world class professional body builder he worked to achieve symmetrical perfection in his physique through a rigid training schedule. This dedication to perfection has now been transferred to his watercolour paintings. He loves to surround himself in the beautiful countryside and capture the passion and moods of the changing seasons such as setting suns, leafy lanes and evening shadows. The paintings show stunning views of Lancashire ranging from Towneley Park to Coniston Water.

Strands of Place and Time

Various | Exhibition

Until 3rd Nov | 12 - 5pm | Gawthorpe Hall

An exhibition of textiles, ceramics and film by Alice Kettle, Jane McKeating, Nigel Hurlstone, Poppy Cartwright, Elnaz Yazdani and local refugees and asylum seekers exploring ideas of cultural heritage and migration in response to world textiles in the collection.  Strands of Place and Time will also be part of the 2019 British Textile Biennial taking place across Pennine Lancashire from 3 October to 3 November.

The Edge of Nature

Becca Who | Exhibition

10am - 4pm | Towneley Hall

Becca Who is an Artist and Textile Designer, based in Burnley, Lancashire. Her artwork is featured on luxury textiles including ladies’ and men‘s accessories with her collection of home wares being launched in 2019. The Edge Of Nature exhibition showcases a beautiful and intriguing collection of Becca’s art and textiles, including the unveiling of stunning home ware products.

The Padiham Writes Project

Padiham Writers Project | Exhibition

20 - 22nd Sept | Mooch Cafe

The Padiham Writes Project will be displaying some of their written works the window of Mooch café in Padiham town centre. The selection of writing will include poetry, super-short stories and lots of Northern humour. There will be a number of free copies of the writing group’s anthology available inside the cafe which will go very nicely with an afternoon tea!

Wallpaper

Amy Lee Tempest | Exhibition

Until 4th October | Burnley Central Library

Experimental poetry sequence by local poet Amy Lee Tempest. This work has been described as ‘very moving and with warm humour throughout’ and touches upon themes of class, sexuality, disability and mental health as it appears in one woman’s life over the space of a month.

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Locations

Burnley Central Library

Grimshaw St, Burnley BB11 2BD

Burnley Market Hall

Curzon St, Burnley BB11 1BB

Burnley Mechanics

Manchester Rd, Burnley BB11 1BH

Burnley Youth Theatre

Queen’s Park Rd,
Burnley BB10 3LB

Gawthorpe Hall

Burnley Road, Padiham,
Burnley BB12 8UA

Glass Monkey

Unit 1 Oakmount Mill,
Wiseman Street BB11 1RU

Mooch Cafe

87 Burnley Rd,
Padiham, Burnley BB12 8BL

One Sixty

160 St James’s St,
Burnley BB11 1NR

Studio 191 – Jane Richmond

191 Lowerhouse Lane Burnley BB12 6LP

That 0282 Place

Grimshaw St, Burnley BB11 2BD

Thompson Park Pavilion

111 Ormerod Rd, Burnley BB11 3QW

Towneley Hall

Towneley Park, Burnley BB11 3RQ

Transform Crafts

6 Hargreaves St,
Burnley BB11 1EA

Unit 146 – Jane Richmond

Unit 146
Lomeshaye Business Park BB9 7DR

Artists

Amy Tempest

Amy Lee Tempest is a Burnley born and bred writer, counsellor and arts health workshop facilitator. Her poetry piece ‘Wallpaper’ was nominated for the Lancashire Arts Festival, 2018 and she has performed her poetry piece ‘The Russian Doll’ at the Lancashire Fringe Festival, 2019. She currently lives in Padiham with her teenage son and a teenage cat who equally keep her very busy.

amyleetempest.co.uk

Angie Da Silva

Angie Da Silva studied Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Bradford College and then went on to do a degree in Jewellery Making and Silversmithing at Sir John Cass in London. She taught N.C.F.E. Jewellery Making at Burnley College for 10 years and now teaches privately at her home studio.  Angie’s inspirations come from many places including her love of the garden, using natural forms and patterns for her inspiration whilst aspiring to be original in her designs.  One of her favourite techniques is stone setting which is the focus of her latest collection.

angiedasilva.co.uk

Ellie

Hi my name is Ellie, I’ve been crafting for many years and tried many different types of crafting from card kits to die cutting.  Two years ago I found that Inking and Stamping was my passion.  With hard work and being active on social media I found myself able to join the Lavinia Stamps Design Team in January 2019.  I’m happy to be delivering a workshop at Transform Crafts for Lavinia Stamps as part of OPENINGS.  

Go to the facebook event here  

Blog: elliescraftycorner.blogspot.com 

Instagram: ellies_crafty_corner  

Pinterest: eleanaevans

Emma Long

Emma has a degree in Fine Art, is a qualified art tutor and has worked in a variety of community and educational settings.  Recently she has started to explore socially engaged practice and is currently developing a community art project for Haslingden  – the first step of which was a workshop entitled “Hello/HALO Haslingden Young & Old – Let’s Get Together and Make some creative Connections!”.  Emma has also established an inter generational art project called  ‘Artful Generation’.

Fiona Hornby

Burnley born community artist and project co-ordinator, working mainly with local community groups. I also collaborate with other local artists on bigger projects like Burnley Light Night and Burnley Draws.

Glass Monkey

Glassmonkey Studio is a glass fusing and jewellery studio, making and selling bespoke glass art and handmade silver jewellery.  The gallery and shop also sells work by other local artists and crafts people.

info@glassmonkeystudio.co.uk

www.glassmonkeystudio.co.uk

Ground-Up

Ground-Up is a community led arts and craft group based in Burnley. We started 8 years ago on Stoops estate. Over the years we have worked with many different artists producing work which has been shown in Doncaster and at Tate Liverpool. We have also brought sculpture to Stoops and produced festivals. Proud to be a craft group that offers something different always eager to try new things. We meet at Burnley Mechanics in the Basement Studio, every Thursday 1-3pm.

Facebook: Ground-Up

Hannah Whitlow

Hannah Whitlow is an artist, facilitator and producer based in the North West. Her creative practise spans ceramics, sculpture, collage and drawing. Hannah one of the co-founder of Nottingham Zine Library and has been co-delivering the Nottingham Zine Festival for the past 5 years. Hannah is excited to explore Zine making culture in Burnley. 

Wondering what a Zine is? 

It is a low-fi self-published publication!

Instagram: @hannahwhitlow

Jai Redman

Jai Redman is a Burnley based contemporary visual artist and owner of artists’ café One Sixty. His work explores environmental themes and activism. His paintings and sculptures feature in a number of collections, including Salford University and Manchester Art Galleries. 

jairedman.co.uk

Jane Richmond

Jane Richmond is a painter and sculptor who works from her studio in her back garden and her gallery/office on Lomeshaye Business Park. Jane’s work has been described as “fecund”, which Jane thinks is perfect… “fruitful, inventive, very productive or creative intellectually” Jane aims to portray sensuality in both the subject and the style. She produces both representational and abstract work as either can convey the emotional intention that she is aiming for.  

www.jane-richmond.com

Twitter: @richmo191

Instagram: @Jane.richmo191

Facebook: Jane Richmond 

Kaye Mather & Timeya Strautina – Transform Crafts

Transform Crafts is Community Interest Company run by Kaye Mather and Timeya Strautina.  Kaye works in mixed media, journaling, inking and stamping and jewellery making and Timeya is a textile artist and painter. Transform Crafts offer a variety of arts and crafts classes and sessions in their studio above their shop in Burnley Town Centre.  The shop sells hand crafted items and art by local artists, along with craft supplies and gifts.  Throughout Openings, there will be a traditional hand weaving loom on display and visitors are invited to come and have a go for free.  The weavings from the weekend will then finished and brought together to create a work of art which will go on display at Burnley Mechanics as part of Timeya’s exhibition in January 2020.

Facebook: Transform Crafts

Kayt Hughes

Kayt is an artist and curator from Manchester, and graduated from Nottingham Trent in 2015. Her studio practice is usually sculptural, with participation and performance becoming increasingly central to the function of her practice. She is interested in connecting ideas and structures from Music and Maths, and making them visual and accessible to wide audiences.

Twitter : @kaythughes

Instagram : @kaythughes

kaythughes.co.uk

Lunchtime Practice – Daisy James and Hannah Kay

Lunchtime Practice are designers, makers, adventurers and innovators, seeing the world through the lens of possibilities and progress, problems and solutions. Thinking collaboratively and sharing stories visually, they make to make things happen.

Instagram @LunchtimePractice

Monika Maksym

She began her artistic journey with decoupage but very quickly fell in love with mixed media.  Born in Poland,12 years ago she settled in beautiful area of West Yorkshire in UK where she lives and creates.  Monika loves to share the knowledge with other people and discover endless possibilities with new techniques and products.  She is a big fan of everything that’s edgy, rusty and dark. Steampunk, industrial and vintage that’s where her creative side works best.  She also truly believes that craft and design can be as much functional as beautiful. 

Click here for Monika’s facebook event

Website: ilovecreations.co.uk  

Instagram: ilovecreations

Twitter: ilovecreations  

Facebook: ilovecreations

Pendle Crafters

Pendle Crafters is a not for profit organisation which specialises in teaching and promoting traditional crafts using natural or recycled materials.  We have many years of experience between us with qualified tutors who have worked with every size of group from one to one sessions to large groups of 30+.  We have worked with many local charities, schools, community groups, national charities, youth organisations, local authorities and much more.  Examples of our crafts are: felting, knitting, crochet, rag rugging, spinning, macrame, candle making, basket weaving, sewing, quilting, jewellery making and much, much more.  Our groups are fully inclusive with participants having  learning disabilities, mental health conditions and/or physical disabilities.  We believe crafting can help reduce feelings of isolation, improve confidence and self esteem and help people’s general well being.  All are welcome to come along and join in irrelevant of experience or ability.  

Phil Evans/ Fil Evo

Fil Evo is a human, father, rapper, performance poet, and be:spoke workshop facilitator.

Facebook: refilevo
Instagram: fil.evo

Sophie Gibson

Sophie Gibson is a Burnley based artist exhibiting nationally and internationally. As an artist living and working in Burnley Sophie has been involved with local efforts to save @BurnleyEmpire; East Lancashire’s last surviving purpose built Edwardian venue of its kind since 2015. Sophie is a Director and Chair of Burnley Empire Trust. Sophie is also an active member of the Creative Alliance steering group.

sophiegibson.co.uk

Instagram : @iamsophiegibson

Twitter : @iamsophiegibson

Tina Dempsey

Tina’s practice is a process of examining sorrow and joy, exploring what triggers them, how they affect us and questioning how we might navigate these emotions in our modern, media saturated, lives. Incorporating humour, honesty, reality and the ridiculous.

Materials and colour are of huge importance, paint, paper, wood, text and textiles encourage playful, spontaneous experimentation. Outcomes vary from small paper-based collages and paintings to large scale site-specific installations, responding to the time and space in which they were created.

Ultimately her work aims to explore ‘what art can do’? To make us feel something, to question what makes us feel good & bad, to encourage reflection and balance and to consider how we can improve our personal well-being and those around us.

tinadempsey.co.uk