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Crich Area Community Art Sharing success

by Geoff Brown

Clare Limb with some of the Community Art Sharing event at the Glebe Field Centre.

Clare Limb with some of the Art Sharing exhibits.

The weekend of 10th-11th October saw the culmination several months of artistic activity with the Crich Area Community Art Sharing at the Glebe Field Centre. This was the first event of its kind, borne from the recognition that many local people engaged their artistic talents as one way to occupy their time during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Organised by Clare Limb and a team of local volunteers, the event celebrated the creativity of local people of all ages. Several had been inspired by Grayson’s Art Club, screened on Channel 4 during the lockdown by the artist Grayson Perry. The event was supported by funding from the Derbyshire County Council’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund, with the involvement of a number of Crich organisations including the Crich Area Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, the Patient Participation Group (PPG) and Active Crich for Everyone (ACE). With the Saturday being World Mental Health Day, it was particularly pertinent as getting involved in art had been a way of coping with the negative effects of the lockdown by several of the exhibitors.

Image of sea turtle made with discarded plastic bottle tops by children from Crich CoE Infants School School

Works were contributed by well over thirty individuals and groups plus an estimated twenty children from the two Crich schools. Exhibits included willow sculptures (from a group of women whose work can be seen in the planter at the Bulling Lane / Coasthill junction and the Black Swan Garden), a project by Crich Church of England Infant School to highlight the problem of plastic waste, and the work of the local group affiliated to the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ organisation featured in Crich Standard earlier in the year. There were many paintings, photographs other artworks and even a song inspired by and about the lockdown.

The art works at the Glebe were complemented by a separate exhibition at the Tramway Museum over the same weekend. This consisted of works (or photos of them) created by staff and volunteers at the museum during the lockdown period. The museum has been hit hard by the coronavirus restrictions, effectively losing its summer season. Local residents were able to access the museum (and the exhibition) free of charge on the Sunday during its annual Community Day.

Display of willow-weaving at the Crich Area Community Art Sharing.

Display of willow-weaving at the Art Sharing 

The Art Sharing event was run in partnership with an exhibition and sale of works co-ordinated by Art Stand, a collective of local artists based in the parish. Again, this showcased many types of work including paintings, felting, sculptures (including paper people!), wood turning, pottery and more.

The Art Sharing was viewed by nearly 250 people at the Glebe, with a further 150-200 people estimated to have visited the Tramway display.

It was amazing to see the artistic talent that we have in our villages and the way in which, once again, the local community came together to create an inspiring and uplifting event. It is hoped that similar exhibitions will be held in the future, so watch this space and other community websites! 

Photos by Geoff Brown

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