When Artists Meet Peat and Dry Stone Walls: In-Situ and PHLP’s Lockdown Conversations


As part of an ongoing programme of activity, produced through a collaboration between In-Situ and the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership (PHLP), the summer of 2020 saw Pendle’s first Digital Gatherings.

The Digital Gatherings were a series of open format online conversations exploring our local landscape and communities, alongside intimate in-conversations with artists and specialists working in these areas.

Our Digital Gathering conversations were attended by people from across the local community and further afield, as well as staff from PHLP and In-Situ. We discussed topics including: interventions in the landscape, accessibility, sustainable tourism and the future of communities. You can see a summary of these conversations in the film below and can access the full conversations, for a limited time, on In-Situ’s Facebook page.



As part of the Digital Gatherings programme, In-Situ facilitated two In-Conversations that focused on the potential of collaboration between artists, scientists and ecologists to bring new perspectives and greater public awareness of ecological issues.

The first In-Conversation, between artist Kerry Morrison and ecologist Sarah Robertson, explored peat restoration and the development of the Pendle Peat Pie. Together, Sarah and Kerry have intertwined their scientific and creative knowledge to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of peat restoration. This is part of a long term project and connects directly to wider practical restoration work being carried out by the PHLP team to reduce peat loss on Pendle Hill.



The second In-Conversation, between artist Isabella Martin and Linda Clarkson (Project Manager for the Dry Stone Walling Association), looked at the heritage and influence of drystone walls within the Pendle landscape. This conversation took place early on in Isabella Martin’s Artist Residency and was the first time Isabella and Linda had met, so as well as learning about the history of Dry Stone walls, this was also an opportunity to better understand past collaborations and what influences their work. Isabella’s residency with In-Situ, Traditional Boundaries, will extend in to 2021, so be sure to look out for updates as her research develops into a commissioned art work.



Thank you for reading and watching! Find out more about The Gatherings programme here.

Or, contact calum@in-situ.org.uk with any questions.

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There is something very special about the Pendle Hill area. Its breathtaking natural beauty has always been home to interesting individuals, past and present. We're planning to shine a light on some of them.

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