Lost Words of Nottinghamshire 2022
We worked on The Lost Words of Nottinghamshire project in 2022 with Inspire, which aimed to engage local school children with local language and dialect. Language is an important part of local identity and there are many dialect words which are typical of Nottinghamshire. Language is constantly changing and often younger people may not be aware of such words and therefore some of these words might soon disappear.
The project was supported by local artist, Hannah Sawtell and poet Andrew Graves, who ran workshops with local schools.
The work produced by pupils was celebrated and shared in a touring exhibition around six Nottinghamshire Libraries, supported by Inspire Libraries and Miner2Major funding. The exhibition was accompanied by adult workshops with Andrew Graves in libraries.
In 2021 we joined the RSPB at Sherwood Forest and Inspire to support Nottinghamshire crafters to take part in The Innocent Big Knit and raise money for Age UK.
Juliet Bernard, hand knitting guru, and designer and former editor of The Knitter Magazine designed a miniature Robin Hood hat for Notts crafters to knit and crochet!
These hats were collected and became part of a touring exhibition before being donated to Innocent Drinks where they adorned the lids of their smoothie bottles in 2022.
Working with Inspire, we created a series of two-part poetry workshops, using fascinating archive photography, from Nottinghamshire Archives, featuring the people, landscapes and stories of the area as a starting point for participants' own poetry.
Under the guidance of acclaimed poet and educator Sue Dymoke, aspiring poets were encouraged to create their own imaginative responses to the images; exploring different ways of responding to sources of inspiration.
A selection of the work produced was included in a library-touring and online exhibition launched in late 2021.
The Big Draw 2020
Throughout 2020/2021 we worked with Inspire to join a worldwide celebration of drawing in the annual Big Draw Festival. The Festival is made up of a collection of thousands of creative events, activities and workshops across the globe run by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities!
The 2020 theme of the festival was 'A Climate of Change – The Big Green Draw'.
In spring/summer 2020, we worked with local groups across the Miner2Major area to collectively create 200 metres of festival bunting, where every triangle was a hand-painted artwork to celebrate the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.
Artist Jess Kemp created a video tutorial and a set of printed ‘How To’ instructions, which were issued to the participating groups, along with a kit of all the materials and equipment.
By October 2020 the bunting was complete and began its journey on a travelling exhibition of Inspire libraries across the county, due to complete in July 2021. From then onwards the bunting will be used at festivals across the Miner2Major area alongside our travelling exhibition
If you don’t get chance to see the bunting in one of the exhibition locations don’t worry, Inspire have created an online version so you can see some of the amazing designs created.
Working with Inspire we’ve created a selection of activity sheets inspired by the rich heritage of Sherwood Forest designed for the whole family to have a go at. The activities include making a bug hotel or hazel pot beetle, exploring historical mapping and creating family trees.