Fund­ing de­light for vil­lage li­brary

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

THE New­bold Ver­don li­brary has an­nounced they are to re­ceive arts coun­cil fund­ing to sup­port a three county part­ner­ship arts project.

The project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween artists and newly com­mu­nity man­aged li­braries across War­wick­shire, Le­ices­ter­shire and Stafford­shire.

Each li­brary will have an artist in res­i­dence who will work closely with the li­braries and their vol­un­teers, as well as the wider com­mu­nity, to ex­plore the theme of change in li­braries and the ethos be­hind com­mu­ni­ties work­ing to­gether.

Across the three coun­ties more than 50 li­braries are be­ing man­aged by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants will be en­cour­aged to share their vol­un­teer­ing sto­ries and what li­braries mean to them, what their as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture are and how li­braries and com­mu­ni­ties can work to­gether to achievew them.

Nigel Trot­man, chair­man of New­bold Ver­don li­brary, said: “This project will not only en­able li­brary vol­un­teers to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of running qual­ity arts ac­tiv­i­ties in their li­brary, but will also give a real in­sight into the ben­e­fits and pos­i­tive im­pact vol­un­teer­ing has to of­fer in the com­mu­nity.”

Tex­tile artist Ruth singer, will work with adults and older peo­ple in New­bold Ver­don to ex­plore their ex­pe­ri­ences of vol­un­teer­ing and the sense of com­mu­nity which work­ing to­gether brings.

Through a range of creative ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing; tex­tiles, print, em­broi­dery and col­lage, she will gather peo­ple’s thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ences which will in­form a new piece of work.

Each artist will cre­ate new work in re­sponse to their res­i­dency which will cul­mi­nate in an ex­hi­bi­tion set to tour the three county li­braries from April next year.

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