Harkat and Canalside Burnley

Harkat is a project supported by Super Slow Way in Burnley. Action Factory were embedded at Canalside Community Centre. The centre is adjacent to the Leeds Liverpool canal.

We invited international artist, Alwin Reamillo, on a residency to explore the theme of movement and journey. We engaged with a number of different communities including the residents around the centre, New Neighbours – a refugee group, the ARC project, the Philippino community, Pull up a Chair group, St Peters School and the passersby on the canal.

Friday night 7th October, saw Harkat launch at Sandygate and brought along the canal on its own journey to Canalside Community Centre. Artist, Alwin Reamillo, brought a spiritual end to his project which had woven together many different groups, communities and nationalities whilst embedding himself in Burnley.

Harkat was greeted at the Canalside Community Centre area by people who were part of the project, be it volunteers, artists, volunteers, residents, participants. Several tribute pieces were placed in the water near the craft.  Local people had formed a parade style walk and made their way up to the canal to welcome the craft home, where it had been devised, developed and created using many found objects and pieces crafted by people involved.

The Canalside Community Centre was the base for the celebration and people crowded into the car park to enjoy friendship, fun and feasting!



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