Community Arts by ZK delivered a project called Pendle Horizons funded by Awards for All, this activity involved a series of art/textiles workshops for the community across Pendle from a range of cultural and social backgrounds. The workshops provided a hands-on approach with a strong emphasis on textile art. They focused on engaging members of our diverse neighbourhoods and communities and taught them skills in the creation of art for a public display. Pendle Horizons bought families together from different walks of life who reside in Pendle across all age ranges; everyone was given the opportunity to be involved. The project run by artist Zaneb Khatun had a strong emphasis on community cohesion, allowing people to come together to share and learn new skills and help build friendships and a stronger community.
The participants learnt a range of techniques including weaving, block printing, different screen-printing techniques, ways of dying your own fabrics, mixing dyes, fabric manipulation, patchwork, stitch, painting and drawing techniques and also learnt how to design accessories. A research trip to Manchester to the Whitworth Art Gallery gave participants the opportunity to showcase their work in a final exhibition. Family, friends and people in the community came to view their achievements, leaving the group feeling proud, confident and fulfilled.
The use of art workshops have life-enhancing qualities at both personal and social levels. Art has the ability to gather stories, speak for itself and have both personal or wider meaning.