PHOTOS: Red Shoes art at historic mill is UK first

A unique live art installation of red shoes, symbolising women who have been the victims of extreme violence, has taken shape for the first time in the UK at Northlight (Brierfield Mills) this week.

The public art installation and performance will launch from noon until 4pm on Saturday.

The launch of Key Art at North Light, at Brierfields Mill.'Pictured are Paul Hartley, Director from In-Situ and artist Georgianna C. Ainsworth.

The launch of Key Art at North Light, at Brierfields Mill.'Pictured are Paul Hartley, Director from In-Situ and artist Georgianna C. Ainsworth.

And it includes a performance by Mexican artist Georgianna C. Ainsworth at 1pm.

She is asking for donations of shoes in any colour in advance of the compelling performance which is a reproduction of the protest art work of another Mexican artist, Elina Chauvet.

Shoes can be dropped off at Brierfield Library or taken to Northlight, Brierfield Mills, on Saturday from noon.

The event is part of an exhibition by four artists called “Presence of an Absence”, highlighting the plight of women who’ve been abducted and murdered in Mexico.

It’s a great coup to have important international artists working and exhibiting in Brierfield and Red Shoes is a UK first

Leader of Pendle Council

The artists have been invited by In-Situ arts of Brierfield, a creative collective based both at a new arts workshop in the historic mill at Northlight and at Brierfield Library.

William Titley of In-Situ said: “These artists raise awareness of a very specific and pressing situation through their art.

“They use photography, film, print-making and performance to represent experiences of violence and loss, drawing attention to the missing victims of violence both in Mexico and around the world.

“I urge people to come and witness this important and powerful installation, both in the mill and at Brierfield Library.”

Coun. Joe Cooney, Leader of Pendle Council and a board member of PEARL which owns the historic mill, said: “It’s a great coup to have important international artists working and exhibiting in Brierfield and Red Shoes is a UK first.

“This installation, a year after In-Situ’s International Arts Symposium at Northlight, ensures the arts continue to play an important part at the mill complex.

“It helps to put our stunning mill under the spotlight as our work continues to transform the historic seven acre site into an exciting new destination for the North West.”