• The Bleach Packers

The Bleach Packers – giving back their colour to the bleach packers.

The Bleach Packers video projections where presented at Runcorn Shopping City, Indoor Market Square, from 12th to 16th of January, then at Tesco Extra, Widnes, Ashley Retail Park, Lugsdale Rd, Widnes WA8 7YT, from 19th to 23rd of January. The display consisted of a large scale holographic box (7 x 4.5 x 4.5 m) with double video projection, some information boards about the life of the bleach packers, and drop in family activities. Below are images of a simple drop in colour in activity, the idea being that people could give back their colour to the Bleach Packers.

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Through a series of creative workshops, lead artist Lou Chapelle collaborated with local creative practitioners and young people who live and study in Halton to create costumes, dance, poetry, and sound.

Together they have re-imagined the Bleach Packers, iconic workers from the borough’s past, by creating holographic video and augmented reality images.

The resulting artwork enacts a surreal Bleach Packer’s dream, in which he finds himself transformed, torn between chemical and nature.

The Bleach Packers is part of the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage project which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Halton’s Borough of Culture 2021 celebrations.