A short film celebrating the diversity of language in Lancashire.
Is accent and dialect relevant to the identity of 21st century Lancashire? Does language, dialect and accent matter when we are a county synonymous with diversity and multiculturalism?
Matt Wilkinson has travelled the length and breadth of Lancashire via public transport creating poetry inspired by the people he meets and places he visits. His short film records and celebrates the voices and dialects of our great land.
This piece was commissioned by Spot On Lancashire as the first of a series of digital commissions. Hit The North will pop up on tour to Spot On venues and will be accompanying some of the performances in the Autumn season.
More information about our artist, Matt Wilkinson:
Matt Wilkinson’s fine art practice is predominantly based in installation, video, photography, and writing. Though these mediums overlap offering their own outlets of expression, he does not view his artistry as one with a primary medium. A key interest of Wilkinson’s writing lies in creating bizarre sequences of scrabbled literature sourced from collected advertising, overheard conversation and his own poetry. Employing the cut up technique, derived from beat poet William S Burroughs; to compose his texts, Wilkinson tactfully employs speakers of contrasting accents to create peculiar juxtapositions of dialect and accent. An interest lies in the contrasting and combining of literature, language and dialect which is playfully explored in the performances of the speakers of his texts. Former projects that Wilkinson has been involved in include co founding Slugtown Gallery,Newcastle upon Tyne 2016 – 2018 in addition to the Collective Collaborations Project between Abingdon Studios, Blackpool; Bury Art Museum and the Anatomy Room Studios, Aberdeen in 2017/18. The digital artwork produced by the collaboration was exhibited at SPECTRA light festival, Aberdeen which reached a footfall of 90,000 plus visitors in 2018. Slugtown Gallery successfully ran a programme of eleven exhibitions and is currently seeking a new location in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Born Preston in 1992, Matt Wilkinson has been a studio member at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool since 2017, where he is the official gallery photographer for Abingdon Studios Project Space in addition to managing Abingdon’s social media profile. Abingdon was selected in the 2017 Hot 100 shortlist in addition to being selected by East Street Arts, Leeds to partake in the GUILD programme in which Wilkinson has represented Abingdon Studios in 2019.