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Something crafty this way comes

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Notts has been take over by some elements most crafty this week.

A big congrats to Leicestershire artist Shauna Richardson, who has won the prestigious Artists Taking The Lead regional award, beating five East Midlands artists shortlisted as we reported earlier this week.  Shauna will be creating three 30ft hand crocheted lions in a huge taxidermy style case as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  However, unlike the previously stated rural Nottinghamshire location, it seems the work may be shown in Nottingham city or even tour.  The press release today from the Arts Council states:

“We would like to stress that the location for the project has still to be finalised.  Some media are quoting Nottingham Castle, but a decision has yet to be made on a location in the East Midlands.  Indeed it might even be decided that it could tour several areas. As the Arts Council’s mission is Great art for everyone we consider it is essential to find a location which is prominent and available free of charge to a wide audience.”

I’m thinking surely Market Square has to be a contender.  A giant crochet third lion would be marvellous (but no doubt confuse the kids and goths as to which left lion to meet at).

More on the prize-winning project on the Arts Council website.

Do Notts creatives think Shauna was a worthy winner of the £500K award?  Where would you want to see the lions displayed?  Add you comments to the post and we’ll get in touch with Arts Council England to let them know what we think.


This weekend sees not one but two crafts events hit town:

Sunday 25th October 1pm – 4pm , Jam Cafe, Heathcote Street

As part of Hockley Hustle, “The Craft Off” is a creative competition where you come with a team of friends or your creative business and compete against other creative teams by making a item (related to the brief) out of the materials provided.  It’s organised by Spinsters Emporium who are featured in November’s Vogue magazine. More info on the Nottingham Visual Arts site

And Saturday sees the return of Apples and Pears and Craft Wares, from 10-3pm at Sneinton Market, the local art fair.  There’s an interview with the A&P&CW team on the Evening Post site too.

Looking ahead, 7 – 9th Nov is the return of Lustre at Lakeide Arts Centre where 55 of the country’s finest contemporary craft makers will be selling everything from fine jewellery, bags and hats to sculptural vases and tableware, just in time for those special Christmas gift purchases. Each maker taking part has been specially selected for the quality and uniqueness of their craft and each will be on hand to talk to you about the ideas and techniques behind their work.

And nationally, the Crafts Council have this week launched an online research centre with reports and research papers to peruse.

Phew! Crochet needles ahoy, clickety-click.  Is this the sound of the great British craft revival eminating from Nottingham I hear?