We’re Celebrating 20 Years

June 30, 2016 in Slideshow

Green Close, a UK leading rural arts organisation based in the heart of Melling, near Lancashire is celebrating their 20 year anniversary.

Established and founded by Artistic Directors Sue and Pete Flowers in 1996, the original aim of the organisation was to provide quality affordable studio space for practicing, professional visuals artists in a rural community.

Now with over two decades experience of working in the arts, Green Close delivers hugely innovative and ambitious visual arts programmes for the public and private sector.

Working with artists from across the globe, environmentalists, school and university students, local communities, heritage and mental health groups and old people to name but a few, their mission is to make impact and positive change to people’s lives through creative thinking and practice.

The Lancashire Witches 400 project, which saw the creation of a 51-mile long distance walk to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the persecution and subsequent hanging of people accused of witchcraft in 1612, has been one of our most successful projects. Working with Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the project attracted interest from over 68,000 people.

Sue Flowers, Artistic Director of Green Close said: “Working rurally, we have always been on the edge of the North West’s cultural offer, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t intrinsic to it.

“It’s a very challenging time for the arts, but the diverse nature of our organisation means we are able to continue to thrive and grow. We have always worked with young people and encouraged early career artists to work with us; this ensures our projects move forward with their needs and those of the communities we work with.”

Green Close are looking forward to demonstrating its impact in Lancashire and across the region in the coming months. They have a series of celebratory exhibitions planned for the autumn and intend to be commissioning artists from Spain to create unique public artworks in a new collaboration with Lancaster University Department of European Languages and Cultures.