living here now

A collaborative project with poet Pam Sandiford commissioned by High Peak Community Arts to creatively explore people's relationship with the landscape in the small semi-rural community of Chinley in the High Peak of Derbyshire.

A number of artist led interventions and activities were devised including the placement of text and imagery within the environment and the creation of 'camera chains' involving 25 local people. This led to a launch event at which participants for the second stage of the project were recruited.

Writing and photography workshops were then held in which residents responded to the landscape and their community in a number of different ways. In digital imaging workshops residents collected and combined imagery and text to create 'personal landscapes' on a theme of their choosing.

The resulting imagery was exhibited in a range of local venues and a book of written work produced. The project contributed to a research report produced for Arts Council England by New Perspectives. Imagery and comment also fed into the town council's Parish Plan.

'Water' a personal landscape by Eve Burton
'Wildlife and Animals' a personal landscape by Rhiannon Jones
'Farming and Agriculture' a personal landscape by Sue Jackson
'Paterns in the Landscape' a personal landscape by Helenna Jones