A new creative installation has been unveiled at a village centre. Blythe Bridge Community Library is the venue for one of the county’s Crafting Communities projects, which have been led by Staffordshire County Council.
A new creative installation has been unveiled at a village centre.
Blythe Bridge Community Library is the venue for one of the county’s Crafting Communities projects, which have been led by Staffordshire County Council.
The ‘Crafting Communities’ project has helped bring communities together, tackle loneliness and make new connections between libraries and their communities.
The activities were delivered by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts service with funding from Arts Council England.
Sessions were led by local artists and ran at Perton, Barton-under-Needwood, Rugeley and Blythe Bridge libraries during the autumn.
At Blythe Bridge Community Managed Library, local artist Jennifer Collier has worked collaboratively with local crafters, library visitors, community groups, library volunteers and the wider community to form a hub of activity where people of all levels of experience and ability had the opportunity to take part, contribute ideas, develop creative skills and try new techniques.
Participants have produced a stunning array of art work inspired by their local heritage, including memories, stories and feelings about the local area.
Councillor Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council said: “This has been a fantastic project which has given people the opportunity to get together and explore how they can help others through crafting, all in a safe, sociable and open space.
“Residents have produced some wonderful rich and varied work while forming new friendships and re-establishing craft groups. We have also seen new visitors to our libraries as well as new social groups formed which is all brilliant news.
“Our celebration events will be a great opportunity to learn more about the project and how it has helped people and see some of the amazing artwork created.
“We are really looking forward to celebrating Crafting Communities together and I hope that people are able to join us.”
Paper and stitch artist, Jennifer Collier led the workshops at Blythe Bridge Library while clay artist, Joanna Dawidowska was at Barton-under-Needwood Community Managed Library. Artist and illustrator Ruth Allen led activities at Rugeley library and Phil Duckworth and Ben Sadler were in residence at Perton Library.
For further details about the Blythe Bridge installation, contact Helen Bickerton Community Hub Manager on 01782 485269.
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