Funding delight for village library
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.