New Town Reclamation ll – Skelmersdale 2019

New Town Reclamation ll – Skelmersdale 2019

New Town Reclamation ll – Skelmersdale

Two day painting performance 

Location: B5312 Railway Rd. Skelmersdale New Town, 

WN8 8TL, Lancashire, England.

New Town Reclamation Events
20th and 21st July

Artists from Glassball and artist André Stitt will be working with the  residents of Skelmersdale  painting and reclaiming two original public artworks from when the New Town was built.

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Thanks to funding from the Community Fund, artists from Glassball have been delivering slideshows of unseen glass slides from the town and illuminating

The images from the recent past to inform and curate a series of temporary public art installations around the town. With the New Town Reclamation events we will be reimagining the past relationship Skelmersdale had with the remaining public artworks installed during the development of this former New Town.

The two artworks, made by Mike Cumiskey in the late 60s, are situated by two subways along Railway Road, Skelmersdale (see website for exact locations). All equipment will be provided and no previous experience is necessary. Just come along for a look and a chat with the artists, or grab a paint brush and get involved for however long you can spare.


The event on the 20th will be from 10am till 3pm, followed by talks from 4:30pm by the artists involved and food, supplied by The Junk Cafe (Birchwood Centre,) at the E-Rooms (14-16 Westgate, WN8 8AZ). On the 21st the painting event will start at 10:30am.

The artists involved will also be cleaning the concrete reliefs on the 7th July and would welcome local residents to come along to help or again, just talk to those involved to find out more about the project. Please view the website for more details.

ILLUME, a three year public arts project funded by Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council, is bringing into view selected images from several thousand glass slides from Lancashire Archives. These previously unseen images document the beginning of the New Town and the subsequent years before the Skelmersdale Development Corporation ceased to operate.