In Sept 2020, Sarah Harris moved into our artists residence house in Bostonway, Blackpool for a six month stay as artist in residence. The third artist to have undertaken the long term residency, Sarah had the unique situation of moving in mid global pandemic. Usual methods of face to face conversation and collaboration weren’t available at this time, so Sarah set to work building new methods and structures for collaboration.
She hosted weekly zoom art meet ups, turned the garden into a community space and initiated public sharing areas. What she found through living in the area wasn’t what she had expected.
She was both welcomed and challenged, encouraged and critiqued. In Sarah’s words she found sanctuary with people,
“The community provides shelter for one another, both physically and psychologically. By inviting neighbours round for a cuppa, making that morning ‘checking in’ phone call, we listen and give our time for each other. We know we can knock on and ask a stronger hand to open a pill bottle and people mow the grass for the community, not just your own section.
Residents have found a haven in the quiet of Bostonway and a peace within themselves. The shelter gained by living within the estate helps to bind the community. There is comfort in the mundane and a safety in the routine which provides a space to grow into a natural role for the neighbourhood…”
To read more about the work Sarah undertook during her 6 month residency you can read the publication she co-created with her neighbours below.