Landlines & Watermarks (2017)

Landlines & Watermarks (2017)
photo by Stephanie Penny

Landlines and Watermarks is an ambitious new arts programme for Calderdale that tells the story of a place and a people shaped by water. Produced by 509Arts in partnership with people, communities and organisations across the valley it will use local testimony to present tales of change that embrace the epic, the intimate, the spectacular and the human. A turning point for our storytelling will be the floods that swept through the valley at the very end of 2015.

Landlines and Watermarks will animate the Calder Valley throughout summer 2017 with a large scale Music Celebration and People’s Fair in the Piece Hall, Halifax and six creative commissions in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Brighouse.

Landlines & Watermarks has been commissioned by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale.


Creative Commissions – Call for Proposals

We are seeking to commission six creative projects for Calderdale to take place in 2017– one for each of the towns and villages most affected by the floods: Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse  and Elland. Six commissions of up to £10,000 will be awarded, one for each of the identified towns (pending a funding decision at the end of March 2017).

Projects should have a strong element of community participation and engage directly with local people to draw upon the specific identity of each town or village.  Each project will be presented in the town that it is made and subsequently taken to at Piece Hall as part of the People’s Fair at the end of September 2017. Find out more on how to submit a proposal. The closing date for proposals is 30 March 2017 at 5pm.


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March 9, 2017