Lally Gallery at Erewash Museum from 5th August – 27th August 2021
The Legacy of Lace arts project aims to celebrate the heritage of lace within Erewash, exploring the area’s shared history through art. Five artists in residence have been working from Erewash Museum to create new work in response to the rich lace heritage in Erewash; Louise West, Kerri Pratt, Hannah Millard, Kim Fowler & Victoria Brown.
After the terrible past year, local communities could benefit from some positivity to help reconnect people, build bonds and engage residents of all generations. Working with project partners; Erewash Museum, Long Eaton Art Room & Crafting Relationships local artist Victoria Brown has aimed to do just that through the Erewash-based ‘ Legacy of Lace’ arts project. By exploring the area’s shared history through art and creativity the project will allow the wonder of lace to weave its magic, uniting and inspiring the community.
While Nottingham lace is well-known around the world, many people aren’t aware of the part Erewash played – and continues to play – in the industry. Lace has helped to shape everything from the Erewash architectural landscape to the lives of its residents. Thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the project has five incredible resident artists who have been resident artists from Erewash Museum since May; Victoria Brown, Louise West, Kerri Pratt, Kim Fowler and Hannah Millard aim to bring The Legacy of Lace to life through their work from painting expanded lace patterns on community buildings, bobbin lace design, photography, illustration and abstract architectural paintings.
Comment from the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart:
“We are very happy to be supporting Erewash Museum’s work with Victoria and other local artists in promoting and exploring the great art and technological heritage of the borough. “Erewash’s rich history in the manufacture of lace is a fascinating subject and I welcome the work of artists in bringing the subject to life and making it accessible through school workshops and exhibitions so that its legacy can be enjoyed and viewed by a new generation.”
Since the start of the project through lockdown the public have also been invited to engage with the project through ‘The Lace Workshop’ online supported by Erewash Borough Council & project partners Crafting Relationships. Victoria set up a converted barn on her farm from where she is sharing her lace collections, videos, artwork & interviews. Through this Victoria is keen to get local people, organisations, schools & businesses involved in the project & to share stories about working in the industry or any lace connections people may have. To find out more about the artists & follow @legacyoflace online please use the links below:
Offer Expires: August 27, 2021