Check out Jamie’s Guide to Blackburn!

Published Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 17:49

Renowned artist Jamie Holman has created a stunning multisoundscape tapestry celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It will be available for public viewing at Blackburn Cathedral from Thursday, June 2nd until January 2023 and then will be shown at other venues nationally and internationally.

‘The Lancashire Tapestry’ is accompanied by recordings of 70 people from Lancashire all of whom are aged 70 and have been alive as long as the Queen has been on the throne.

Find out more now – Blackburn artist creates multisoundscape tapestry for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Jamie is passionate about Blackburn and wanted to also create something that lasted longer than the jubilee weekend celebrations.

He has now shared a guide of all his favourite places to visit in the town centre – hidden gems to visit after seeing the tapestry.

The leaflet can be picked up in town centre locations including, of course, Blackburn Cathedral where the artwork is set to remain until the New Year.

Jamie said:

There’s so many great places in Blackburn.

My studio is in the town centre and the leaflet includes the places I go to see art, meet friends or relax.

I’d love to see more people visit them especially if they’re coming to see the tapestry, they can make a day of it!”

He added:

I studied art in London in the early Nineties when artists were taking over empty buildings and setting up studios and galleries in the East End.

They were making unexpected areas into new hubs for creativity and it transformed the city.

In the early ‘noughties’ the same thing happened in Manchester and Liverpool as it has since happened in many post-industrial cities from Berlin to Bristol and now Blackburn is changing in the same way.

We are becoming a recognised hot bed of art and culture, drawing visitors from across the country to visit the National Festival of Making and The British Textile Biennial.

There are artists, designers and creatives working out of once empty buildings in the town centre, making art, making communities and making things happen.

Blackburn is the home of modern cinema, the football league, Acid House and recently has seen kids in New York and Milan wearing trainers named after the town.

We have much to be proud of, but the future is even brighter. This is our time.”

You can pick up a copy of the leaflet at Blackburn Cathedral or see the digital version below:

Jamie Holman Queens Jubilee Leaflet

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