Artist Incubation Residency - Week 3

Artist Incubation Residency - Week 3

Get a peek in to our final artist residency with Pegeen Murphy and John O’Neill

January has seen us open our doors to local artists, providing them a unique opportunity to be among the first to use the building’s brand new rehearsal space in our Artist Incubation residencies.

For the final week we welcomed Pegeen Murphy and John O'Neill who are Bolton and Salford respectively based theatre makers. 

They have used the week to carry out research and development in to the history of political activism in the local area, with a view to develop future work.


Investigating and archiving the wealth of written and digital information and lived experience around the political history within Greater Manchester, specifically Bolton. From the mass trespass of the moors in 1896, to the Bolton women's group of the 1970's and the wave of support for the miners’ strike in the 1980's.

Bolton has been a hub for activism for generations, and their time has been spent collecting as many people’s stories, collating this information and framing it to the context of today with the purpose of using the content to develop future projects.

Pegeen Murphy said: “This week at the Octagon has allowed us to explore our ideas. It’s given us the time, resource and space to thoroughly research and develop our artistry and ideas. Thank you to the Octagon.”

The Artist incubation residencies is the latest project from the Octagon to support local artists.

For all the latest opportunities visit the new Artist and Freelancer section on our website.

All artist incubation weeks are taking place under strict covid-secure guidance including social distancing and household bubbles.

Our previous Artist blogs can be found below

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