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swan 200

We were invited to help celebrate 200 years of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at both the Blackburn and Burnley Canal Festivals in 2016.

The project continued our ambition of creating strong frameworks that invite others to contribute to an overall project. Oh, and sometimes it's good to think big.

We bought the biggest roll of paper we could find and used this to make a huge origami swans that were then decorated by community groups and floated on the canal during both festivals. Huge thanks are due to Blackburn Youth Zone, Blackburn Creative Support Group, Witton Park High School and The Bureau Centre For The Arts, and we're so grateful for the support of artists Cath Ford, Alice Jones, Lisa Milward, Kerris St Pierre and Rianon Francis who worked with the groups on the decoration.

In addition to the big swans, we invited everyone in Blackburn to fold their own swan out of the festival programme and help us float a mini armada. Instructions were provided on the flyer and a special microsite was created to help people do this at home, or at a workshop during the festival.

The project was commissioned by Super Slow Way in Blackburn and Mid Pennine Arts in Burnley. 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