The Crowd by Feona Hadcroft

‘The Crowd’

2020 turned the world upside down; Feelings, sights, the euphoria of a community, paused! This ‘pause’ offered time to understand my place within the ‘crowd,’ celebrate the human. Cherish the local, the small scale, the eccentric, the normal. It is in our genetics to gather. ‘Getting lost in the crowd, in the moment’ has a positive effect on mental health. ‘If we cannot get lost – how can we find ourselves?’

Site specific crowd painting, inspired by memories and images from festivals and celebrations of crowds experienced in and around Blackburn and Darwen as part of the Creative Spaces project. Painted directly on to the glass of a shop window, displayed amongst the community it stands for.

My memories of Blackburn go back to my 1970’s childhood, school and family outings, visits to the museum, market and the El Greco café.

Artist information:

Feona Hadcroft studied a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Graded 1st), BA (Hons) 1st Class)) – Fine Art, Foundation in art and design (Distinction), and is Currently studying Masters – fine art

2017: Found-in-Blackburn – Artist residency, concluding with a town-wide exhibition; Investigating childhood memories and the residents of Blackburn and Darwen, documenting diversity, the wide range of social and economic backgrounds. 12 large-scale paintings: Painted and shown at the market and, BBC Radio Lancashire.

2018: Lancashire artist, celebrating ‘International Women’s Day,’ painting – 7.5-meter Dachshund, Richmond Terrace hoardings, Blackburn museum. Funded: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

July 2021 – Official ‘en plein air’ artist, Nozstock, West Midlands.


Former Subway building, Blakey Moor (opposite King George’s Hall).

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