Accrington is a beautiful market and if you haven`t been it`s worth coming, not only to see me, but there is an amazing old fashioned sweet shop near my stall! The market has a friendly community feel and i felt welcomed into market life, but somewhat watched……….the butchers opposite me seemed to take delight in watching eccentric characters approach me, one of which swooped and swiped a fan as if a sword!
My first conversation was unfortunately with a man, who having never been to the Haworth Gallery was adamant it should be sold and the money ‘put to good use.’ I asked what he would spend the money on, to which he replied,’ a new market floor,’ ( i later discovered that the floor he wanted to replace was the original stone flooring.) He insisted Accrington people agreed with his point of view……i was glad to find out he was wrong. Accrington community didn`t disappoint, and although there was some puzzlement as to what an artist was doing in their market, i heard from a lot of locals about how much they valued the Haworth. One local spoke about childhood visits there and described it as a ‘treasure.’