Libraries Live is a 3 county partnership project, happening in 3 libraries, led by 3 artists in 3 different communities, across Warwickshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.
Artists in residence at 3 community managed libraries are working with library visitors, volunteers and the wider community to explore the theme of ‘change’ in libraries and the ethos behind communities working together.
Participants are encouraged to share stories about volunteering and about what libraries mean to them, what their aspirations are for the future and how libraries and communities can work together to achieve them.
At Newbold Verdon Library, Leicestershire, textile artist Ruth Singer is working with adults and older people to explore their experiences of volunteering and the sense of community which working together brings. Through a range of creative activities, she is gathering people’s thoughts and experiences which will inform a new piece of work.
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At Water Orton Library, Warwickshire, mixed media artist Michaela McMillan is working with younger adults & teenagers using a number of themed activities in her approach, such as; large scale collaborative making sessions to explore what can be achieved when people work together, creating different layers, all contributing to a final outcome.
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In Staffordshire, Glascote Library is working with Becky Salt from the New Vic Theatre education team to engage with younger children & families using various theatre techniques. Each week Becky is running sessions to explore stories and bringing them to life through fun-filled interactive sessions.
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Each artist will create new work in response to their residency which will culminate in an exhibition and performance set to tour the three county libraries from June next year.
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Libraries Live is a 3 County Partnership between Staffordshire County Council, Warwickshire County Council & Leicestershire County Council Library Services, supported by Arts Council public funding.