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Something new and exciting is about to happen in Pennine Lancashire.

Something led by the people who live here. Something that will change the way we look at things. Something inspired by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

We're imagining great family days out, amazing events, international exchanges - something new to inspire and motivate us all.

Super Slow Way will bring local people and amazing artists together. We'll embark on a creative adventure, discovering new things to do, see and be part of.

'All Aboard' on March 18......

Calling everyone in Pennine Lancashire! If you are a resident young or old, business owner or community group and want to get more involved with Super Slow Way, share your ideas or just find out more, then please join us at the All Aboard event on March 18 and take a virtual trip down the Leeds and Liverpool canal.   Food and refreshments will be provided (but you won't need a life jacket!) 

For more details and to book your place see our eventbrite page.

5 questions that could shape Super Slow Way

If you live or work in Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn or Blackburn you can help shape the Super Slow Way programme by completing this very short questionnaire. Only 5 questions but the results are very important. Thanks in advance. 

Inspriational Trips

As part of the community engagement process for Super Slow Way we are also organising visits to inspirational arts events around the country.

The first of these free visits took place on 16 Nov and was to Lumiere in Durham. Please visit our facebook and twitter pages to view the pictures taken and read what people thought of the trip.

Thanks to everyone who came, we hope it was a fun and worthwhile experience. We will be organising further trips in the new year, with more details at our All Aboard event.

If you are interested in coming on future trips please register your interest in Super Slow Way and you will be emailed details when they are available.

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With a £2m investment from Arts Council England's Creative People and Places fund, Super Slow Way will be developed by local people, local businesses and leading arts producers. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal, running from Blackburn to Pendle, will be at the heart of our wonderful journey.

The 3-year programme is inspired by three themes:

  • Creative - Freeing imaginations
  • People - Community visions made real
  • Places - Inspirational Pennine Lancashire

Who is involved?

Who is funding this?

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Who makes decisions about how the funding is spent.

A project business plan needs to be submitted to Arts Council England by the end of 2013.  This will outline how the project will be delivered, where funding is coming from and how it will be allocated.  The Super Slow Way core partnership will be legally responsible for spending the funding in line with this and other funding agreements.  Part of this group’s responsibility is to ensure that the residents of Pennine Lancashire are able to play a role in booking artistic events and activities that they would like to see.  How this will be done will also be outlined in the business plan.

How long will the project run?

The funding is for three years, however the business plan needs to have a ten year ambition, so we will be working hard to try and extend project delivery beyond this initial funding period so that activities continue.

I run an arts group in Pennine Lancashire, how can we be involved in Super Slow Way?

Please register your interest and details through filling in the online form on this website and you will be sent information relating to opportunities for involvement.

Do I need to live in Pennine Lancashire to get involved?

You do not need to be a Pennine Lancashire resident to attend events. However the community engagement activity and artist commissioning will be working with residents, from Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle specifically.

Will I be paid for my involvement?

At this stage we do not have finalised budgets so cannot say exactly how money will be allocated.  It is likely that there will be funds to cover expenses of travelling to and tickets to see relevant arts events. There is also likely to be a level of funding to cover volunteer expenses if a reasonable amount of time is donated to the project. The detail of which will be developed during the business planning period.

Is it just arts?

Yes the commissions will be arts related, but that doesn’t stop them working with non arts organisations, or non arts community groups, or people who’ve never attend an arts event or activity before. Activities are likely to be family friendly and a great way to experience new things with your children, parents, grandparents and explore the area around where you live in a new way.

What are we trying to achieve?

To increase awareness of and access to the arts in Pennine Lancashire.
To provide local residents with arts experiences that they want to attend or participate in again.
To enable communities to choose what they would like to have in their town.
To bring world class arts to Pennine Lancashire towns and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

How do I keep up to date with the project?

If you complete your details on and tick the box that asks if you would like to receive regular updates you will be emailed with a project newsletter.

Alternatively you can ‘like’ the Superslowway Facebook page
Or follow the Superslowway twitter feed or regularly check website above where updates will be posted.

Who’s involved so far:

Currently the core partners are: Canal & River Trust, Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire (APPL), Newground (formerly Groundwork Pennine Lancashire), Creativity Works and Barnfield Construction Ltd.

APPL consists of 7 arts organisations in Pennine Lancashire: Action Factory, Burnley Youth Theatre, Culturapedia, Horse and Bamboo, In Situ, Mid Pennine Arts and Huckleberry Films.

Creativity Works consists of arts representatives from Blackburn with Darwen Council, Burnley Council, Hyndburn Civic Trust and Pendle Leisure Trust. (Ribble Valley Council are also a member of Creativity Works however this project cannot include that geographical area due to funding restrictions).

There is a space on the Core Partner Group for a Community representative – yet to be filled.

What do you mean by Art?

That’s always a difficult question to answer as one of the beauties of art is it can be anything that has gone through a creative process to be created.  The arts are very diverse and for this project it could be anything from music, to sculptural installations, from dance to poetry, from drama to creative lighting or projection, it could be in the form of festivals, or exhibitions or theatre performances, the options are endless.  Part of the project is to raise awareness about all the different forms that the arts can take.  The one thing that will remain constant is that we will be commissioning high quality art no matter what form it takes, and local arts organisations will provide support and advice in making this happen.

Where is the money coming from?

We have secured just under £2m from Arts Council England, there are also funds committed from project partners, Newground, Barnfield and the Local Authorities. Further funding applications, fund raising and sponsorship will be sought throughout the project, as this is a condition of our Arts Council Funding. This money is specifically for arts projects as it’s from the Arts Council.  If we had not secured it, it would be spent elsewhere in the country, but only on the arts.

How do I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved depending on what you are interested in. It could be a great way to develop experience, build confidence and make exciting things happen in your neighbourhood or town.

  • We are looking for volunteers to be involved with the planning and delivery of events and activities.

  • We need a community representative on the Core project team – this is where all the project delivery will be signed off.

  • We will be planning trips to go see other art projects and events, we will then ask people who attend these to tell us what they would like to see in their neighbourhood.

  • We are looking for people to come along and take part in events.

  • We’ll want people to be on interview panels helping us choose artists.

  • You could help us promote the events in your community, either by helping us put up posters or through social media.

  • We are looking for local businesses that want to get involved as partners

  • We need sponsors for some of the larger scale projects

  • We will also need suppliers of quality art and creative engagement activities.

This is not a full list of opportunities, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the different levels of involvement that you could have with the project.

Your first step should be to register your interest. Please complete our online form by clicking here.

What does Super Slow Way mean?

This was the title used for the project application. It’s the name of a poem written by Ian McMillan about the canal. The poem can be found online by following this link.

When will it be happening?

We are in a six month business planning process at the moment (July 2013 – Jan 2014). During this time we will be asking people if they are interested in being part of the project, and will offer opportunities to go and see art works. Once the business plan is agreed with Arts Council England the project delivery starts and we have 3 years to deliver the programme of work.  The ambition of the project is that it will last beyond this and become a 10 year programme.

Where is it?

Elements of the project will be delivered in Burnley, Blackburn, Hyndburn and Pendle.  We are not geographically tied just to the canal, but it will be a focus.

What is the funding for?

Creative People and Places is the name of an Arts Council England funding scheme. A partnership comprising of Canal & River Trust, Newground (formerly known as Groundwork Pennine Lancashire), Barnfield Construction Ltd, local arts organisations and the local authorities of Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle, submitted an application to this scheme and were successful with their application. Arts Council England wants more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, and

“this investment is available to encourage long term collaborations between local communities, and arts organisations, museums, libraries. To empower them to experiment with new and radically different approaches to develop excellent, inspiring, sustainable arts programmes that will engage audiences in those communities.” Creative People and Places Funding Guidance.

It’s a project that will enable people to experience different art forms, go and see events locally nationally and possibly internationally, and then for local communities to say, “we’d like some of that in our community please” and we will do our best to make it happen.

The Pennine Lancashire bid needed to have something that made it specific to our area, and with four areas working together the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was chosen as the local element that links it all together. That’s not to say all commissions will be on the water or on the canal, but the canal and the links it makes between different communities, town centres and the countryside will be the creative theme.

Why Super Slow Way?

The project title was inspired by a poem Ian McMillan wrote for a Canal & River Trust Project called Locklines. For further information about this project please click here.

What is Super Slow Way?

Something new and exciting is about to happen in Pennine Lancashire. Something led by the people who live here. Something that will change the way we look at things. We're imagining great family days out, amazing events, international exchanges - something new to inspire and motivate us all.

Super Slow Way will bring local people and amazing artists together. We'll embark on a creative adventure, discovering new things to do, see and be part of. With a £2m investment from Arts Council England's Creative People and Places fund, Super Slow Way will be developed by local people, local businesses and leading arts producers.  The Leeds & Liverpool Canal, running from Blackburn to Pendle, will be at the heart of our wonderful journey.

The 3-year programme is inspired by three themes:

  • Creative - Freeing imaginations

  • People - Community visions made real

  • Places -  Inspirational Pennine Lancashire

Locklines – Gargrave Lock 30
Location: Leeds/Liverpool Canal at Holme Bridge, Gargrave, North Yorkshire. OS Grid Ref: SD 944544
Photos by Porl Medlock (January 2013)
Artwork by Peter Coates
Poetry by Ian McMillan
Art Project Development by Chrysalis Arts
Commissioned by Canal & River Trust
Funding support from Arts Council England

Who is involved?

Canal and River Trust

Canal and River Trust

In an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, Britain’s historic waterways - its “Super Slow Ways” - provide local havens for people and nature.

The Canal & River Trust is the charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks across England and Wales. These waterways are a national treasure and we want more people to discover, explore and support them as possible.

One way we are doing this, in partnership with Arts Council England, is through building our own exciting arts programme, as well as through collaborations with artists and arts organisations who want to use our land and water.

Art, and the talented artists who create it, has the ability to inspire and surprise, build connections and stir the blood. We are working with communities and arts organisations based along our canals and rivers who share our passion for protecting and reviving them as living waterways.

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Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire

Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire

Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire brings together the independent, professional arts organisations based around the area and working with our communities.

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Newground is a social enterprise operating throughout the North of England and is a member of the Together Housing Group. Formerly known as Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, the company has been delivering environmental and community projects for over 20 years.

Their aim is to help people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way. They achieve this through a team of health, safety and environmental consultants, landscape architects and contractors, community and youth engagement team and sustainable education work.

Newground is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, ensuring quality service delivery in a safe and environmentally responsible way. The company was winner of the Social Enterprise category at the Finance for the Future Awards 2013.

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Creativity Works

Creativity Works

Creativity Works is a consortium of local authority arts officers in Pennine Lancashire, working together to promote and support joint strategic cultural projects in the region.

Creativity Works’ aim is to increase participation in arts, heritage and culture to improve individual and community well-being, learning and achievement, economic development and a strong sense of place.

Creativity Works employs a part time Communications Officer and freelance project managers to deliver their objectives and support key regional projects. Super Slow Way is one such project.

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barnfield construction

Barnfield Construction

Barnfield Construction Limited is a North West based leader in providing best value construction services by creating successful partnerships throughout the construction process.

Our vision is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining trust through exceptional performance by every member of our team.

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Register Your Interest

1. Do you attend events such as live music, dance or exhibitions?

If yes please complete the two questions below:

What kind of arts/cultural events/venues do you attend? (tick all that apply)

  • Visual arts
  • Classical music
  • Popular music
  • Festivals
  • Theatre/drama
  • Dance
  • Literature/Poetry
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Museums
  • Public art (e.g Panopticons)
  • Community based events (e.g. Burnley Canal Festival)


How often do you attend arts/cultural events? (tick one)

  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Once a year
  • Less than once a year

2. Would you like to help shape the events in your neighbourhood through working with artists and arts organisations?

If yes please complete the question below

What kind of opportunities are you interested in? (tick all that apply)

  • Volunteering at events
  • Helping commission artists
  • Participating in the events/artworks themselves
  • Being a community representative
  • Helping behind the scenes to make things happen
  • Being an ambassador for the project
  • Providing vital skills/knowledge to the project
  • Providing funds/financial support
  • Fundraising

3. Would you like to be kept updated on opportunities and news related to this project?

If yes please let us have your email address


4. Do you have any ideas about projects/events/activities that you would like to put forward?

If so please tell us and we will consider all proposals

5. Finally, we’d like this project to be accessible to all people regardless of sex, age, race, religion so please could you provide us with this optional information that will be treated confidentially.

Are you:

Sex Age Ethnic origin

Please note this information will only be used for this project and not shared with any other parties.

The site is supported and funded by:

  • Lottery Funded
  • European Regional Development Fund in the Northwest
  • Lancashire and Blackpool's official tourist information site.
  • Lancashire County Council
  • Creativity Works