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Quorn Community Library

It was great to be able to connect with the local community and be part of an art project that collaborated with a range of different ages and local groups.

‐ Activity Coordinator, Lonsdale Mews care home

Such a wonderful way to bring together the Quorn community and allow participants to express through art what the village means to them.

‐ Quorn resident

I felt very proud seeing my artwork on the wall in the library.

‐ Learner - Independent Living Group

It was a lovely activity to enjoy with my children in a community space.

‐ Quorn resident

  A Stitch in Time

A community collaboration celebrating life in Quorn has created a permanent textile moment in time.

Large textile wall hanging featuring all the handmade patches. Quorn 2022: a stitch in time has been stitched onto it.

The QuornArt22 community art project arose from a small group of volunteers at Quorn Community Library wanting to create a lasting record of the village in 2022, as seen by those who live, work, study and volunteer in Quorn.

The project aimed to connect the library, its volunteers and committee more deeply with everyone in the community, and to celebrate the library as a universal community space. 

Community artists Melanie Charnock and Natalie Smith of Gather Create Grow successfully bid to work with the village. They facilitated creative sessions with individuals aged from three to ninety!

Adults and children sitting at craft tables. they are working on their patches.        Woman and baby sat in little chairs. Baby is touching the page of a book.            A woman stitching her patch, chatting to an elderly lady

Through the course of the project the participants had meaningful opportunities for social interaction with people of a range of ages and backgrounds, helping forge new connections and with the aim of alleviating loneliness and isolation. The early part of the project was focussed on rebuilding community connections with the relaunch of a group now known as ‘Craft and Chat’. They also ran a Family Craft Activity Day which was enjoyed by those attending and is now a monthly session thanks to local volunteers.

The final artwork takes the form of a large textile wall hanging that brings together all the patches created by individual participants, visually capturing the voices of the Quorn community, and harking back to the historic traditions of textile production in Quorn. It truly is a beautiful representation of the people of Quorn’s past and present, as well as their hopes for the future!

Photo of 7 year old Leonard's patch of a fox stood on some grass. Caption reads: My patch is about foxes and what it represents is the quorndon fox pub Image of 47 year old nigel's patch featuring the word home where the o is a loveheart. beneath it is a hand and a cat. the caption reads: quorn reminds me of my family (5 fingers) and the cats which make it home Image of Olwen's patch of a bird stood amongst plants. The caption reads: winter sun on tom longs meadow with bulrushes and little egret. stop and pause for a while

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