Welcome to Aldcliffe Road Triangle

Turning a neglected plot of land into a pleasant green space for the benefit of the community *

Aldcliffe Road Triangle is a small triangular shaped piece of land between Aldcliffe Rd and the Lancaster Canal, on the south side of Lancaster city centre.

It has been owned for many years by the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways), but was leased to Lancaster City Council for a period of 94 years in 1976. The Canal & River Trust have now sold the freehold of the Triangle to a private purchaser.

homepage photo2 The unique and unusual ‘pop-up’ exhibition space at the Triangle on Aldcliffe Road will be showing work by Emma Grover and John Lambert who make quirky, original and affordable artwork in a range of media including print, paint, mixed media and photography. The pop-up is open for 3 days only over the bank holiday weekend of the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. The show is hosted by The Fairfield Association’s Aldcliffe Road Triangle Project. Cllr Dave Brookes, who chairs the Friends of the Triangle group, said: “We are really pleased to be opening up our workshop building for a second community art exhibition. We are very lucky to have such a range of artistic talent in our local area.”

Emma and John live locally and have been making & exhibiting work for the last 30 years. They teach Art and Design at Lancaster & Morecambe College. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and have won various awards and prizes. Most recently Emma exhibited in the Ulverston ‘Printfest’ and the Sheffield and Manchester Print Fairs. Both artists were selected last year for the Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition (BIMPE X) in Vancouver, Canada where John received an honourable mention for his prints.

John has produced a new series of images, made specifically for this exhibition. This work documents the debris and rubbish washed up on the estuary. Bottles and other discarded objects are transformed into beautiful images that contrast with the true cost of this environmental issue. Alongside this he will be showing a series of mixed media images full of colour that mix photographic imagery and gestural mark-making.

Emma’s images are populated by characters such as Flying Mr Fox, Goose Girl and Helicopter Man who exist in an absurd world of the imagination where strange creatures go about their daily business. The playfulness of the imagery is underpinned by highly refined use of a range of printmaking process, including etching, screenprint, lino and monoprint.

Image Details:
Flying Mr Fox by Emma Grover. Etching & Chine Colle. 8cm x 12cm.

The land has a history of light industrial use, most recently as a boat maker's yard, but has been disused and neglected since 2004, and the three small buildings on the site have been vandalised and fallen into disrepair. It has been a local eyesore and an occasional source of antisocial and criminal behaviour.

Local residents and city councillors have formed a Friends of the Triangle group with the hope of improving and transforming the land into public green space, and bringing the main building back into use. Having negotiated with the City Council and the Canal & River Trust we have secured the lease to the land and planning permission for change of use has been successfully applied for.

Regular volunteer sessions are being held to tidy up the land and keep vegetation under control. Work to restore the workshop building is now complete. Two derelict lean-to buildings have been demolished by volunteers.

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dave at aldclifferdtriangle dot org dot uk


The Aldcliffe Rd Triangle project is funded by:



Friends of the Triangle is a sub-group of the Fairfield Association, registered charity no. 1058030
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