Photos by Ffion Atkinson, August 2019, Hebden Bridge
As an artist who grew up in Hebden Bridge, did much of her projects in the area, and found some difficulties with access to resources, Kate found it important to stage the installation before her departure in 2019. Thank You to the Hebden Bridge community for their continued respect, love and support, and navigating difficult conversations for the betterment of us all. The installation was a positive social action commentary encouraging discussion and engagement with providing this resource for young people. 'Tentrification' is a play on gentrification, a socio-politically charged terminology where often local people are disenfranchised due to affluence and growth decided by investors from councils and organisations with national interest. Hebden Bridge has become increasingly more expensive, with less resources being available to local families, and business owners. This has resulted in many indigenous Hebden Bridge people, being forced to relocate to cheaper areas, whilst publications such as the Guardian, encourage continued migration from over-developed cities, predominantly London.