Victoria Brown, an artist based in Erewash has just launched ‘Legacy of Lace’ arts project thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Arts Council England & Erewash Council Small arts Grant. The project will be a celebration of the lace towns & villages in Erewash focusing on the businesses, people who worked/still work in the industry, the stories, buildings, lace patterns & artefacts. She hopes to get local businesses & the communities involved through online events, creative workshops in Long Eaton, Ilkeston & Draycott finishing with a Lace Arts Trail around Erewash in the summer. The project will build upon her project ‘Losing Lace’ arts project which started with her family connection to the lace trade in Draycott, which she delivered 11 years ago.
She has invited 4 artists to take part in the arts residencies to create new work on this subject. EPL Member Louise West Bobbin Lace maker & designer will be one of the artists.
The artists will be based at Erewash Museum & some of the workshops will run from Long Eaton Art Rooms who are an EPL Member, who will also be project partners. Victoria is hoping to bring something positive to the communities whilst we emerge from lockdown & sees this as an opportunity to breath life back into the towns & village centres she hopes to encourage Erewash businesses to get involved by providing shop window space where the artists work can be installed including the lace inspired art work created from schools & community groups. Or if possible the businesses could make their own lace inspired creations in their windows.
To find out further information, please visit her Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/legacyoflace/