1st Out Bursary Bacup

30 March 31 August 2002




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Original Borough - Rossendale
From 2001 to 2003 the 1st Out Bursary funded a series of temporary commissions by recent graduates in the North West. The commissions showcased the best new artists while providing training, support and mentoring.

The development programme was a collaboration between North West universities and the Irwell Sculpture Trail aimed at developing future public art practice and providing artists with the skills they need to enter the profession.

The commissions ran over three years and each year focused on a different area. In 2001 the graduates were based in Summerseat in Bury, in 2002 the site was Bacup and in 2003 Salford Quays and Ordsall were the focus.

The selected artists chose the theme, site and community they wanted to work with and created very different projects that challenge and complement the other artworks on the Irwell Sculpture Trail.

Artist: Karin Gage
Title: How d u send urs?
Karin Gage’s work investigates contemporary forms of communication like text messaging. The project focused on Bacup’s community and reflected the lives and locality of the area (Images right, first from top).

Artist: Kathryn Darbyshire
Title: Visit
Kathryn Darbyshire, a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, drew on Bacup’s recent history of UFO sightings to make her work. She asked local children from the Holy Trinity primary school to imagine why aliens would be visiting the town. Using white paint usually used for marking out football pitches she created a series of footprints on the grassed area next to Earnshaw Road. People who came across the work were invited to follow the trail and draw their own conclusions as to what had happened (Images right, Second from top).

Artist: Lorraine Berry
Title: Conversations
In 'Conversations', the artist use photographs donated by the local community to create a number of interactive images which were hidden at opposite ends of Bacup town centre. The images reflected the strong sense of community and history in Bacup and changed colour, appeared or disappeared as sensors were activated. As people went about their daily lives, past and present 'blinked' at each other across the Town Centre (Images right, Third from top).

Artist: Malcolm Halliwell
Title: Making Waves
Malcolm Halliwell produced a sculpture that explored the pollution of river water using an analogy of the river as life. The work aimed to send a message that we pollute our rivers at our peril and tried to encourage civic pride (Images right, fourth from top).

Artist: Stephen Hunt
Title: Regenerate
Artist Stephen Hunt released butterflies in secret at undisclosed sites around Bacup. The sites were been selected for suitability and sustainability of the species and were assessed and approved by local butterfly enthusiasts. The butterflies were released as each species matured (Images right, fifth from top).

How d u send urs? Artist - Karin Gage.

Visit. Artist - Kathryn Darbyshire.

Conversations. Artist - Lorraine Berry.

Making Waves. Artist - Malcolm Halliwell.

Regenerate. Artist - Stephen Hunt. Image credit - Stephen Hunt

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