Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd (PEARL) | Skateboarding, street artists, films and the historic clock re-starts for Fill the Mill weekend
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Skateboarding, street artists, films and the historic clock re-starts for Fill the Mill weekend

Skateboarding, street artists, films and the historic clock re-starts for Fill the Mill weekend

Northlight’s historic mill clock will re-start for the first time this weekend with a packed Fill The Mill event of art, film and skateboarding on Saturday from 11am – 4pm and Sunday from 11am – 3pm.

“Everyone’s welcome to an extraordinary free weekend at Brierfield’s iconic mill” Said Paul Hartley, a director at event organisers, In-Situ arts.

“Thanks to funding from the Arts Council, we’re going to literally fill the mill with action, art, activities, creative installations and people can take part in hand-on activities too!” He explained.

“People will be able to have a go at skateboarding and screen printing – though not at the same time!” He laughed.

“Part of the mill will be transformed into a skate boarding extravaganza and there’ll be a pop up Unit 5 Cinema showing films in the old loading shed.

“The cinema will be powered by an inspiring public artwork that generates electricity from rainwater harvested from the weaving shed roofs.” He added.

“If you’re interested in Brierfield’s past, present and future come along and experience this amazing weekend of celebration, art and activity at Northlight Mill,” he urged.

The event is part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend and Brierfield’s Mayor will be re-starting the huge clock on the iconic mill tower at 3.10pm on Saturday.

Paul explained:  “This marks the time when the clock stopped ticking when Smith and Nephew closed the mill down in 2007 and it ended life as a working weaving mill.”

Leader of Pendle Council, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal who leads on Economic Development said:

“The starting of the clock heralds an exciting new chapter for Brierfield Mill as Northlight, a major new destination for the North West including a hotel, apartments and fantastic arts and leisure facilities.

“Work starts in the new year through PEARL, our regeneration company forged with local developer Barnfield.

“This event is a great opportunity to see the mill before major work gets underway!” He said.

Paul added: “Between now and January, the clock will tick and the historic mill bell will be used to chime in good news.  If you have some good news, come on down and ring the bell!”

The amazing line up for the event includes:

The chance to see world class skateboarders and even have a go at skate-boarding round the mill!

A showing of the short film:  Ride the Light Fantastic! which features Northlight  will be shown and the mill’s lower windows will still be lit from twilight onwards over the weekend – best seen from the towpath.

The film has been made for Pendle Council by film maker Graham Kay of Fully Formed Films to tie in with the Tour of Britain cycle race, with a sound track by sound artist Helmut Lemke, funded by Super Slow Way

A showing of the cult skate boarding feature on Saturday evening from 6pm – 8pm

Dogtown and Z Boys  – tickets available via In Situ’s Facebook or from Brierfield Library

An art installation created by Pendle artist William Titley called  Developing Countours which people can add to as the artwork grows.

Watching mural artists at work and the unveiling of a new collection of skate art

Finding out the latest news on re-siting Brierfield’s signal box.

Also on display for the first time will be some huge photographs by Pendle sculptor Philippe Handford, showing Pendle Hill with the effect of cotton fabric blowing across them.

“Philippe created the enormous bike across Pendle Hill for the Tour of Britain race which were seen on TV around the world, giant-size, on the hill near the Nick O’ Pendle.

“The photographs show some of the creative ways in which he uses fabric – to stunning effect and it connects with the mill’s long history of weaving,” added Paul.

The art and history event in the mill, which includes a free skateboard festival and musicians, film makers and photographers from The Plank Factory is surely one of the most unusual events in the UK which coincides with the national Heritage Open Day weekend!