Author Archives: chris


An article which appeared in The Yorkshire Post June 2019 The Totally Locally campaign launched in Yorkshire in 2010 and now has supported dozens of high streets across the globe. Laura Drysdale speaks to its founder Chris Sands. When Chris Sands holidayed in the Portuguese district of Viana do Castelo, he was immediately struck by […]

The Sandstone Ridge – Place Branding

Branding a landscape to take the area towards Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status. Work carried out includes: branding, design, photography, interviews, artwork, film, copywriting, workshops. The Sandstone Ridge is a stunning piece of Cheshire landscape that runs from Frodsham to Malpas, taking in Tarporley & Delamere Forest. Sitting on the vast, flat Cheshire Plains, […]

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED… Hebden Bridge is Special. It constantly sits in many ‘Top Ten Places to…” lists and has been called “Britain’s Funkiest Town’, ‘One of The Best Places to Live in Europe’, and has had many, many more accolades bestowed upon it. Hebden marches to its own alternative tune, ever since the hippies moved […]

Halifax Borough Market

Halifax Borough Market has been the heart of Halifax for over 150 years. But it needed some new thinking to take it into the next stage of its life. Click below to view video we did with Sarah Mason Photography. I recommended clearing a derelict space, The Albany Arcade – one which had empty units […]

the piece hall

The Piece Hall in Halifax is one of the most breathtaking buildings you could ever wish to walk in to. It’s Europe’s last remaining open-air cloth hall, and it resides in my home town! In 2014 The Piece Hall closed its doors to the public for a £20 million renovation. It was only meant to […]

WATERMARK – A project to create a Flood Resilience Fund

UPDATE: Since Watermark campaign was launched in 2016, it has raised over £350,000 for a flood resilience fund against future flooding in The Calder Valley communities. All raised by local groups and businesses under the Watermark banner. The Watermark campaign has also helped to raise the profile of the Community Foundation for Calderdale to a […]

Extraordinary, Everyday Barossa

EXHIBITION Tanunda, Barossa, South Australia Extraordinary Everyday Barossa made such an impact that I was invited by RDA Barossa to create an exhibition of the work, to include photographs, stories and a rolling exhibition of the films, as a part of the Barossa Vintage Festival (Vintage denotes the year of the wine made, and celebrates […]