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the lab

A long term Creative Partnerships project with Ridgewood Community High School in Burnley exploring how an artist led investigation could help pupils and staff settle into their new building.

The school had been based at its old site for a long time. While the new campus offered fantastic facilities, many felt it also created a lot of rules that restricted how it could be used.

We started by leading a series of creative explorations of the space with pupils in Y9 that explored and exposed feelings about the new space, and the loss of the old school. Through this process, we identified a need for staff to feel able to lead pupils to customise the space, stamp their mark and make it theirs, while staying within the terms of what was allowed by the school's lease agreement.

We set up a creative space within the school for staff called 'The Lab'. The Lab provided a space for staff to put their heads together and share ideas about how the school could be used. We facilitated a number of workshops that developed techniques brought from our creative practice to adapt them for use in the school.

The project has left a lasting impact in the school which now relies little on notice boards and uses its corridors and ceilings as its display spaces. t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

We create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

We are artists, makers and creative thinkers, with strong social focus, inspired by spaces and the public realm. We use light, sound and interactive technologies to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging works - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual, audible and interactive elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites.

Our work ranges from community consultation and design and build for the public realm to bespoke creative technology development for private projects. Clients include local authorities, arts organisations, national museums and international companies.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029