Transform and escape the Dogs is a series of new works by artist Jamie Holman, celebrating a history of radical gatherings where the working class youth of the north resisted, rejected, and finally reclaimed the spaces that cotton made and then abandoned. From Malkin tower to Mill Hill; a defiant history of witches, hand loom poets, blacksmith painters, football casuals, and pioneer film makers, challenging accepted notions of textiles heritage, and of those people and events that have shaped us.
These works propose a counter narrative of creativity, rebellion, and magic; exploring the real Industrial Revolution, a revolution of the soul that seeks to remind us: ‘when we gather, we become powerful. We cannot be kept down.’
Do you have a story about your favourite pair of trainers? Come and record the stories that accompany your own fashion and design choices down the years at the Listening Booth in the Church Street exhibition space so we can gather a digital archive of Blackburn’s vital but neglected heritage!