Cloudspotting the exhibition now on at Mee Maws Cafe in Blackburn

Cloudspotting the exhibition now on at Mee Maws Cafe in Blackburn

People of Blackburn……is your head in the cloud?

Cloudspotting Exhibition now in Blackburn, is a selection of our favourite images of 2016 which capture the energies and excitement of Cloudspotting.  Our collection highlights the beautiful location, quality music programme and engaging arts activities which enables our subjects to picture so attractively.

Cloudspotting the Exhibition is now officially a tour!

After a fantastic opening residency at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Cloudspotting the Exhibition is now officially a touring exhibition.  From today, it’s current residency is the newest café in Blackburn, Mee Maws 71-73 King William Street.  This fantastic café although newly opened is no stranger to art.  The café is situated under The Cotton Exchange, an iconic Blackburn landmark.  Built in 1863 it has had many uses over the years including a lecture hall where Charles Dickens is said to have given a reading of his work.  It was most recently a cinema (The Apollo) but closed it’s doors in 2005. The venue has recently been taken on by Re:source who plan to restore it sympathetically to become a fantastic venue once again.  Recently the building was  included as a town centre venue by the excellent National Festival of Making where Lazerian and the Carboard Box Company created a surreal installation of alien-like cardboard pods called Chromatogram.


Mee Maw – an exaggerated cotton-mill lip reading language

Mee Maws Café takes it name the form of speech derived from exaggerated lip movement to allow lip reading in the cotton mills of old Lancashire, once the main industry of the region.  The exhibition is on display in the café until Friday 26th May and is open Tuesday to Saturday.  This is the first exhibition the café has held so please, if you can support it.  They offer delicious freshly prepared lunches and snacks and an amazing selection of mouth-watering homemade cakes.

Cloudspotting Festival – fantastic weekend of music and arts in a beautiful forest location

The exhibition is influenced by the talented friends of the festival who have been involved in our festival images, we dedicate this exhibition to all Cloudspotters who have contributed in their own way.  Featuring photographs and videos produced by local creatives Derren Lee Poole, Matthew Collinge, Kristien Cooper and Aaron Dunleavy this exhibition gives a mini-slice of our wonderful and rich festival. The exhibition includes information about this year’s festival through visual images; including Bo our Kerith Ogden commissioned Hen Harrier and our full musical line-up.    Bo features throughout Cloudspotting 2017 in the pre-festival information and at the festival.  With support from RSPB, the Birds of Bowland Project in our family activities programme explain how we can support Bo and her feathered friends in their forest environment.  As well as introducing Bo and activities for this year, the exhibition features the images of 2016 activities.  A success in 2016, Play in a Day returns to Cloudspotting 2017.  This year Jack Herbert (National Youth Theatre) will facilitate this extremely popular activity on Saturday 29 July.

Bogarts – curious but attractive creatures of the forest!

We are all about the interactive.  Each year our music and arts programme gives plenty of opportunity for you to get involved and indulge in your hobbies or try something new.  This year we have favourites including yoga, bogarts, festival parade, cinema, music and dance workshops plus many more.  New to 2017 we have the Cloudspotting Choir where the audience become performers and the performers become the audience.  Come to the festival; join a choir, attend reheasals and perform on the main stage!

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