The Big Plot, Kirkholt

Following a national competition, artist Irene Rogan was selected to develop interim proposals for a cleared site opposite the Strand shopping area in Kirkholt, Rochdale. The aim was to utilise the temporary space as a creative canvas for the community and pilot a new approach to interim sites.


Irene invited the community to ‘stake their claim’ and through a process of creative consultation and engagement developed a proposal for the site based on a two pronged approach – a programme of landscaping works  (improving the appearance and functionality of the space) supported by a programme of temporary arts projects and community events.


There has already been some work on the site, with a wildflower meadow and border planting delivered by local training organisation Jericho in Spring 2010.  Further site improvements are coming soon - we expect the physical programme to be completed by the end of 2010, at which point the creative programme will begin.


Information on specific arts projects and community events will be announced in the coming months, in the meantime you can visit the Big Plot website for the latest news.


For more details about The Big Plot or any of the other projects in the pARTicipate programme please contact Shonagh Ingram on 0161 770 8577 or email