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Libraries Live Commissions

The Mother of LibrariesThe Mother of Libraries reduced website

The Mother of Libraries is a response by Michaela McMillan to her residency at Water Orton Library. Michaela decided to work on the themes of change, growth and time for her workshops, and this piece shows the maternal, female face of the library being held up and supported by the hands of the volunteers, all holding books with the names of the participants and volunteers during the residency. They are on top of a garden that is being nurtured by the many creatures that live in her, with a nod to the saying ‘Many Hands Make Light Work’.

Michaela McMillan, Artist in Residence, Water Orton Library - Residency film

Bobbi in the Blue Room

Meet Bobbi in the blue room, his new room. It's a good room, full of toys and things to explore and maybe even a spider with roller skates. There's only one thing wrong with the room- it's new!  It's not at all like the old room and why did it all have to change, anyway?

Will you come and help Bobbi to settle in and see if the new blue room can finally feel like home?

Bobbi reduced website

Bobbi in the Blue Room was created by the New Vic eduaction team as a story from the perspective of a young child who sees change happening around them but without any explanation of why it has to happen. The piece was performed for local families, schools and nursery groups, in libraries - audiences were invited in to the changing world of a child who learns how to respond to change, identifying how change can be made better and its positive consequences.

View Bobbi in the Blue Room on Vimeo

Becky Salt & New Vic Theatre Education Team
Artist in Residence, Glascote Library - Residency film

Patterns of Making

Patterns of Making reduced websiteRuth Singer created a quilted book made from artwork created by Ruth and workshop participants during the artist residency at Newbold Verdon Library. Ruth chose to work with the idea of patterns to represent community connections where tiny details add up to create a complex picture, reflecting the way that each little act of community - such as an hour volunteering in the library- adds up to a much greater whole.

The pages of the quilted book are created using digital printing, hand printing and hand embroidery. Many of the designs are created by Ruth using images participants have made in workshops during the residency using drawing, stamping, collage and textile printing. Other pages are created by Ruth using
hand embroidery and textile printing.Patterns book reduced website

Alongside this, Ruth created an activity book full of creative activities people can do in the library, with the resources supplied, or take away to do at home.

Ruth Singer, Artist in Residence, Newbold Verdon Library - Residency film

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