December 25, 2013 in Events

Pete Flowers has his collection of work chosen for Zealous X.

100 artists across film, music, performance, art and photography that will display or perform their work at their epic four day exhibition at The OXO Tower, Bargehouse, South Bank London
 (Five floors of raw warehouse space a stone’s throw away from the National Theatre, the BFI and Tate Modern, it would be hard to find a better place than Bargehouse. Averaging a thousand visitors a day but far more expected for this event).
The winners will be part of this four-day exhibition, where their work will be displayed or screened, while musicians and performers will give us live performance of their winning submissions. There is also a series of exciting panel talks taking place during the exhibition
Pete was delighted to have my collection of seven large paintings included in this prestigious event.
Gallery Public Opening – Fri November 29th to Sun December 1st 11:00 – 18:00

Recuerdos Events

December 25, 2013 in Events

Events at Gawthorpe Hall as part of the ‘Recuerdos de México’ Exhibition

 Artists Talk - Memories of Mexico

Wednesday 24 April, 2pm

Sue and Pete Flowers will talk about the work on display and how Mexican culture has provided the inspiration for this exciting new body of work. The talk will take place in the Gallery and hopes to develop a dialogue about creative exchange with other global communities. Places are free but booking is essential. Please contact Gawthorpe Hall to reserve a place: 01282 771004 or gawthorpehall@lancashire.gov.uk

Creative Workshops – Half Term Family Activity

Wednesday 29 May, 12 – 4pm

Sue and Pete will lead creative family workshops linked to Mexican themes including the Day of the Dead. Come along to draw, paint and create your very own ‘Recuerdo’ (memory / souvenir) of Mexico. £2 per child – just turn up.

Lancashire Witches 400 Booklet for Sale

December 22, 2013 in Events

‘A beautiful book containing history ,art ,poetry,maps and much more.The walk its self is stunning and the history riveting plus a beautiful poem by Carol Ann Duffy Poet Laureate.Sue Flowers illustrations are fantastic .A little treasure of a book’- Amazon review

A ‘Lancashire Witches Walk’ booklet has also been produced as part of this project. The book contains an introduction on the history of the Lancashire Witches by Dr Robert Poole as well as sections of OS Maps which contain the 51-mile walking route. There are also various different images displaying the artistic element to the project, including the ‘Lancashire Witches’ poem by Carol Anne Duffy.

To order a copy of the booklet, please click here

Day 4 of the Lancashire Witches Walk

December 21, 2013 in Events

Join Green Close on Day 4 of the Lancashire Witches Walk

Waddington to Slaidburn. 

Saturday 8th June, 10-4pm, 8 miles

Green Close artists will be joined by Lancashire County Countryside Service environmentalists along the fourth, 8 mile section of the newly established 51-mile Lancashire Witches Walk, taking in environmental, artistic and historical points of interest.

After meeting at Slaidburn Village Car Park we will take a bus as a group to Waddington. The Waddington to Slaidburn section of the walk is across farmland fields with livestock and lots of stiles, also crossing Clitheroe.

Wear suitable walking attire (including packing waterproofs / sun cream) and bring a packed lunch. Dogs are welcome on some sections of the walk on a lead.

Booking is essential. The walks are free, but there is a cost for transport – £10 for adults and £5 for children. To book, please email info@greenclose.org or phone 015242 21233

Carol Ann Duffy comes to Lancaster

December 20, 2013 in Events

Lancashire Witches Walk Launch

Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

On Friday 17th May, poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, unveiled the first waymarker of ten to be installed along the Lancashire Witches Walk. Each of these 10 ‘tercet’ waymarkers, designed by Stephen Raw, is inscribed with a verse of the poet laureate’s specially-commisioned poem, ‘The Lancashire Witches’ and also bears the name of one of the so-called ‘witches’ who were tried and hung in Lancaster.

As part of the walk launch, children from local schools read poems and prayers created as part of the Lancashire Witches 400 project, followed by a reading of ‘The Lancashire Witches’ by Carol Ann Duffy herself. Everyone then went outside to see the unveiling of the first tercet, in Williamson Park.

See the gallery below for images from the day. Also included are images of Green Close’s Sue and Pete Flowers with Carol Ann Duffy at another of the waymarkers on Caton Moor. Photographs by Darren Andrews.

Expanding Global Perspectives

December 18, 2013 in Events

Global Arts Village

Click here for more information on our current project, Global Arts Village, which is currently in its Research and Development Stage. See how you can get involved and understand more about our ideas.


Lucky Moyo From Uzambezi Arts working with Quernmore Primary School.




 Global Arts Village Schools Workshops, Pete and Sue Flowers and Lucky Moyo




Pete Flowers at the CPD event

CPD Workshop with Confluence of Rivers at Green Close Studios

First Fridays: April. 1625 Fundraising

December 18, 2013 in Events

An evening of discussing a 1625 project for HLF ‘Young Roots’ funding

Green Close, Melling

7.00pm, Friday 5th April 2013

A fantastic opportunity to gain insight into how to raise significant income for arts projects. The Heritage Lottery Fund have a ‘Young Roots’ programme which is aimed at producing projects for and by young people.

We want to spend an evening with anyone who would like to gain experience in this area of arts practice. It doesn’t matter what your preferred art form is: film, dance, music, drama, literature, visual arts – we want to work with you to produce an exciting proposal to put to HLF.

At the first 1625 meeting, a theme that came through strongly was about young people’s connection with the local area. Grants from Young Roots span from £10,000 – 50,000 so get thinking about what we could achieve with that sort of grant money.

The evening will be facilitated by Sue and Pete Flowers, who together have over 15 years experience of successfully applying for arts funding. One avenue to discuss would be to link the Young Roots application to part of Green Close’s current ‘Global Arts Village’ project which aims to create a network for rural communities, professional companies and artists from around the world that live, work and create great art in the rural and global context.

If you’d like to attend, please register your interest with Mary by emailing mary@greenclose.org or phoning 015242 21233. Don’t worry if you don’t fit the ’1625′ age bracket, if you want to gain experience in fundraising please come along and learn!

Bowland Blackout

December 18, 2013 in Events

Forest of Bowland & Across the World!!

Friday 21st June Annually

Show the world you care about the environment. On the longest day of the year, with the maximum amount of daylight hours, switch things off… turn off your electrical appliances, walk, cycle or stay at home.

The Bowland Blackout is an important environmental campaign developed by artist Sue Flowers, that aims to help us consume less and appreciate more. What better place to start environmental action -  the Forest of Bowland is the geographic centre of the United Kingdom and home to a significant number of important habitats and protected species.

Take a day to show you care for our special environment.


Vote for Green Close!

December 18, 2013 in Events

Green Close has been nominated for two awards recently and we’d really like your support. These two awards are the Observer Ethical Awards 2013 and the National Lottery Awards 2013.

If you could take the time to vote for Green Close for either (or even both!) of these awards we’d be really grateful. Green Close has been working really hard for the last eighteen months delivering the Lancashire Witches 400 project and, as we move forward to the Global Arts Village project, some national recognition would be much appreciated.

You can nominate us for the Arts and Culture category in the Observer Ethical Awards by clicking here. The closing date is at midnight on Friday 22nd March 2013

Alternatively, vote for us as the best arts project in the National Lottery Awards by clicking here. The closing date is at 9am on Tuesday 19th March 2013.

Many thanks in advance for your support!

Witches Walk Launch with Carol Ann Duffy

December 16, 2013 in Events

Lancashire Witches Walk Launch

Ashton Memorial, Lancaster

Friday 17th May. By invitation only

Tomorrow, Carol Ann Duffy will unveil the first of ten specially created cast iron waymarkers, each of which will feature the new poem written by the Poet Laureate.

The half-ton waymarkers are being installed along the new, 51-mile ‘Lancashire Witches Walk’ which explores the route taken by the ten women and men who were executed as witches in August 1612.

The poem, ‘The Lancashire Witches’, was commissioned by Green Close as part of the ambitious £200K twelve month programme, Lancashire Witches 400. The project explored the history of the ten women and men who became known as the Lancashire Witches, their trial and execution, and the enduring issue of persecution today.

The other nine waymarkers will be located at significant points along the new walking route which stretches from Barrowford all the way to Lancaster.  Designated sites include Crook o’ Lune, Claughton, Slaidburn and Williamson’s Park.

The full poem – consisting of ten tercets – is inscribed on all the waymarkers, but each one also features the name of one of the ‘witches’ and a single tercet of the poem in specially designed letters so a rubbing can be taken.

Ms Duffy is scheduled to unveil the ninth tercet at Williamson Park. About the Lancashire Witches, she said: ‘I was struck by the echoes of under-privilege and hostility to the poor, the outsider, the desperate, which are audible still.’

Manchester-based textual artist Stephen Raw has designed the lettering for the waymarkers and overseen the casting process by the Downs Foundry in Huddersfield.

“At a time when real books and libraries are disappearing and intangible digital texts are multiplying in cyberspace, this is one text that is guaranteed to be physically around for a long time. The poem is composed of short, concrete, expressive Anglo-Saxon words, so it’s ideal to be cast in iron and made part of the landscape”  Dr Robert Poole

A book to accompany the route will be available for sale on Amazon soon. For more information about the Lancashire Witches 400 Project, visit the website: www.lancashirewitches400.org

Further information about textual artist, Stephen Raw, vista his website: www.stephenraw.com