The spirit of Erewash

Published on: Friday, 20th November 2020

Residents, both young and old, are being offered a unique opportunity to submit their creative projects for a landmark community exhibition that will reflect on the community spirit shown across the borough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council’s Arts Development Team are creating an exhibition which will be launched in the new year called ‘The Art of Remembrance – Time on our Hands’ to showcase Erewash’s creative residents in this extraordinary year of lockdown.  The exhibition will be recorded in Erewash Museum’s historical archive as a record of the times we live in.

The Arts Development Team is working with a professional artist to create a stunning multi-media exhibition and is urging residents of all ages – or groups who have collaborated on a project - to send in their art contributions by Thursday 17 December 2020.

They are keen to hear from anyone who has painted, written, drawn, sculpted, photographed, filmed, or even performed during this challenging year reflecting the spirit of Erewash during coronavirus. 

Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: “2020 will undoubtedly be part of our history for generations to come.  The exhibition will show how we can remember this year in a positive light and display the many ways in which, during lockdown, we used art as a form of expressing our feelings and emotions at such a difficult time”. 

The project curator is Graham Elstone, multimedia artist, creative educator and project/technical manager, whose background in theatre and performance has now transferred to installation, visual arts and the creation of works using projection or moving image.

Anyone interested in taking part in the exhibition should submit their creative work to grahamelstone @ yahoo.co.uk   Work submitted should ideally be in a high res jpeg format with no more than 5 pieces submitted.  Physical artwork can be accepted by arrangement.

Please check for updates on the exhibition at Facebook/ErewashMuseum or Erewash Museum on Twitter.

All the work collated will have an opportunity to be exhibited in a number of ways, but unfortunately not all work can be shown.  If work is delivered via image/film, permission to use the work will be assumed, but further consent may need to be agreed for museum archives.

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