Projects and programmes

Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing
Contemporary Heritage: A new way of seeing + An ambitious programme of site-responsive artist commissions at stunning historic sites across Pennine Lancashire.
50th Anniversary of Mid Pennine Arts
50th Anniversary of Mid Pennine Arts + Celebrating our 50th anniversary in keeping with the MPA tradition and ethos of creative innovation, cultural learning, heritage exploration and lots of fun!
Burnley Canal Festival 2016
Burnley Canal Festival 2016 + Take A Slow Boat to Burnley for this enlarged, bicentennial edition of Burnley Canal Festival at August bank holiday weekend 2016.
Team MPA
The MPA team

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Mid Pennine Arts

MPA brings art, people and places together.

We commission ambitious, original work that is unique to some very special places and connects directly with people.

MPA projects challenge artists, enrich our communities and sometimes change lives.

MPA is the commissioning agency based in Pennine Lancashire and developing projects across Lancashire and beyond.  We commission high quality creative work through a variety of collaborations and in response to the distinctive contexts of our natural, built and social environments.  Our projects interrogate and celebrate what is unique about our area, our heritage and our communities.  We aim to originate exciting creative work that has lasting impact for participants, audiences and our project partners. 

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Mid Pennine Arts
  • Singing Ringing Tree
  • Welfare State - 1976
  • Preston Greenway
  • Welcome to West Accrington Handbook
  • Lancashire's Lost Legends
  • Canal 2000
  • Spinning Stories, Swapping Songs
  • Fairhaven Bubbles
  • Araam: Breathing Space Exhibition
  • Taken
  • Dark Satanics Event
  • Halo Launch Event
  • Mughal Tent 1996 - Stoneyholme and Nelson craftwork project - displayed at V+A Museum London - compressed for web
  • Art of Destination Conference - Visual Minutes
  • Art of Destination Conference - Souvenir
  • Preston Greenway
  • Preston Greenway
  • Padiham Greenway Pageant - Parade 1
  • Welfare State - 1976
  • No Match
  • Padiham Greenway Project
  • Halo
  • Spodden Valley Revealed
  • Atom
  • Queen's Visit - 1987
  • Project Pride Burnley
  • Project Pride Nelson
  • Colourfields
  • Project Pride Accrington
  • Lancaster As It Comes
  • Not Forgotten by Geraldine Pilgrim
  • Fractured Frond
  • Arcazaar
  • Talking Shop Project
  • Ferroterrasaurus
  • Doris Chew
  • Shoe Trail
  • Chila Kumari Burman Banner
  • MPA Archive - Gawthorpe 1970s sculptures - 5
  • Flicker postcard 1
  • K-Scope postcard 2
  • Shade Primary
  • Gawain and the Green Knight project
  • Hide & Seek Rivers
  • Urban Music Leaders project
  • Padiham Sculptural Seating
  • Land - General Images
  • Land - Clitheroe Labyrinth
  • Willow at Wycoller


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