More Than a Hundred Stories

We are two artists, interested in how art can animate, challenge and create communities. We’ve been commissioned by Creative People and Places to creatively map and respond to its achievements, the problems it faces, and the questions it has generated.

We are interested in the programme’s ambition to change how art is commissioned and experienced and will be exploring how and to what extent this ambition has been realised across all 21 projects.

We will be posting creative responses to conversations, observations and research throughout the project and will share our final work with you in autumn 2016. Do join us and follow our creative journey on this blog.

You can find out more about our work at: and

Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett

Cycling the ‘Northern Belt’ | Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September: LeftCoast, Blackpool and Wyre


Again, I turn up tired from cycling, my bike spattered with mud and my cheeks flushed from hours cycling against a strong headwind. Tea and chocolate cake are immediately offered, along with a conversation with volunteer Pete and LeftCoast staff member Helen about how the Spare Parts Festival has grown out of the long standing Tram Sunday event in Fleetwood. Listening to Pete, I think about how essential these people are for CPP – local people with open minds, a willingness to try something new and the confidence to invite others to come along on the journey with them.


Sarah arriving in Blackpool

Cycling the ‘Northern Belt’ | a note


From 14-17th September I cycled from my home in Manchester to Heart of Glass, St. Helens; then LeftCoast, Blackpool and Wyre; and on to Super Slow Way, Pennine Lancashire (I will continue my journey east from Dewsbury to Hull next week). The following posts are some reflections from those visits. I have not included everything I did and everything I saw, but have tried to pull out the themes, ideas and questions that arose during my time with each project. I will be posting some creative responses in the coming weeks. You can also search #morethan100stories on Twitter for more photos and tweets from my journey.