The Singing Ringing Tree is aptly named. A 3-meter-tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes, it stands high above the English town of Burnley. The pipes swirl to form the shape of a tree bent and blown by the wind, and produce an eerie, melodious hum as the constant wind on Crown Point drifts through them. The Singing Ringing Tree's pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves and is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful.
Completed in 2006, the Tree was designed by award-winning architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. The site at Burnley was once that of a re-diffusion transmission station, complete with a run-down brick building and unused telegraph lines. The station was dismantled and the lines cut down to be recycled, to make way for the Tree that was to stand out against the stark, rolling landscape of the Pennines.
In 2007, the sculpture won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.
The centenary of the outbreak of WW1 resonated strongly in Pennine Lancashire communities, who sent off sons, brothers and fathers to fight in ill-fated battalions. Truce enabled community members, young and old, to explore this shared heritage, engaging thousands of local people in an eight month programme of shared learning and intergenerational activity.
Made possible by generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lancashire CC Arts Development, Granada Foundation and Hyndburn Homes, Truce took the ceasefire of 1914 as its focus. The truce symbolises human spirit, a moment of shared humanity during the horror of war.
Involving heritage experts, artists, football fans, schools and colleges, interfaith choirs, libraries, junior football league teams, concert band members, community groups, BBC Radio Lancashire and Accrington Stanley FC, Truce investigated the lessons to be learned from history.
Note from Imran Qureshi on the content: 'Editing fault... NCA was not offering only miniature painting at that time IT WAS MY decision TO CHOOSE MINIATURE OUT OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE and PRINTMAKING. . so the editing has completely changed the meaning of what I was saying.'
Imran Qureshi talking about the creation of his work for the Fields of Vision project. Part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 that celebrated the Grand Depart of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire. See Mid Pennine Arts website for further details: midpenninearts.org.uk/fields-of-vision
With funding from Youth Music, young people and teachers at Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley worked with BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam winner, beat-boxer and MC, Ben Mellor. This developed both the young people’s confidence to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry, spoken word and rap, but also gave music staff inspiration and ideas which developed their approach to the teaching of urban music styles. Read more about the project at: midpenninearts.org.uk/urban-music
The film was made for Mid Pennine Arts by Fully Formed Films.
Lancashire's Lost Legends: Witch is True?! is a project that explores the myths and facts around the story of the Pendle Witch Trials and is led by young people in the Ribble Valley and Pendle.
In 1612 one of England's largest witch trials led to a group of people from the area around Pendle Hill being found guilty of causing death or harm by witchcraft and hanged. Young people look out of their classroom windows at the legendary Pendle Hill and are surrounded by a plethora of merchandise and marketing emblazoned with a witch's silhouette. Last year, on the 400th anniversary, young people began to uncover the lost legend and separate historical fact from local myth. This film reveals their journey.
Lancashire's Lost Legends: Witch is True?! is commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts in collaboration with Lancashire Museums, St Augustine's RC High School and Marsden Heights Community College. It is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.