First Art

Junction Arts are delighted to annouce that First Art an exciting three year project funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places fund aiming to connect people with great art and cultural experiences in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire has begun.
A consortium of cultural and community organisations will be working in partnership to deliver this ambitious programme to engage new people with the arts. To read more click here:

We are also looking for an experienced designer to produce branding and a logo for the project click on the link to find out more  First Art Branding Brief

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National Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

National Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Young people’s poetry featured in national publication. We are thrilled to report that a poetry project we coordinated for young people has been featured in Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK: 2014 and Beyond, the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s annual pamphlet. The booklet provides a snapshot of the diverse ways that people engage with the messages of Holocaust Memorial Day. Over 2,400 activities took place across the country this year so it is an honour and testament to the quality of the project and the poetry that we were contacted to write an article for inclusion. You can read the pamphlet online by visiting the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s website Some of the poetry that was written by LGBT young people from Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield was also included in an exhibition last month in Chesterfield Town Hall to commemorate IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for customers and communities said: “We are proud to support IDAHO day with displays and poetry in the Town Hall Reception area. We have a commitment to equality and respect for all residents and this was a great opportunity to find out about the creativity in our local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities”. All of the poems can be read below: National Holocaust Memorial Day event: We were delighted to be involved in this years National Holocaust Memorial Day event in Chesterfield on 27th January. Delivered by a wide local partnership the event was a great success and began with a series of poetry readings by young writers who attend Chesterfield Write Here group and LGBT youth groups. The young people worked with writers River Wolton and Sarah Thomasin and wrote new work inspired by this year’s HMD theme Journeys. Joe, Kerri, Susan, Matt and Lee (pictured above)  read their own work and other work from their group to great acclaim. We would especially like to thank Polonia Chesterfield for contributing funding towards the costs of the writing workshops. Voices of the Holocaust, a holocaust education theatre company who have worked internationally, performed a very moving piece entitled Fragile Fire about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which was followed by Drut’syla Shonaleigh, an amazing storyteller, who kept the audience enthralled with her traditional Jewish tales. Members of the VOH cast also found time away from rehearsals to meet some of the young writers who are doing their Silver Arts Award. This was really useful and will help them to complete Unit 1 ‘learning about artists and arts organisation’. To view the poems written by the young poets click on the images below:


Limestone Journeys Year 3

Limestone Journeys Year 3

Limestone Journeys Junction Arts is one of the nine partners in The Derbyshire Magnesian Limestone Landscape ‘Limestone Journeys’ project, an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) scheme, led by Creswell Heritage Trust. This Landscape Partnership grant brings £2.9 million into the scheme area. Junction Arts has been a major contributor in this bid. Limestone Journeys Year 3 Junction Arts Project Co-ordinator: Aly Stoneman Junction Arts has run 10 projects during 2013 as part of The Derbyshire Magnesian Limestone Landscape ‘Limestone Journeys’ project. Our creative projects are designed to bring new skills and individuality to our participants, taking place in schools, colleges, local communities, and with the general public. There were also commissioned artworks designed for site-specific installation and performance.


Bolsover Lantern Parade 2013

Bolsover Lantern Parade 2013

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Final Poetry Map Calow School 2013-06-18

Rural Routes 2013

Rural Routes 2013

Rural Routes We are currently delivering a new poetry project in Crich Junior School, Wirksworth Junior School and Calow CofE Primary School, led by Derbyshire Poet Laureate Matt Black. Two days of workshops were held at each school and involved journal making and experimenting with poetic forms to create a poetry map depicting pupils’ journeys to school and the different forms of transport used. Participants have also made site visits around the main routes to school to gather information and written odes to various forms of sustainable travel, which they performed as part of a fun ‘poetry slam competition’ at the end of the second day. The project focuses on the experiences of Key Stage 2 children living in rural areas and is being supported by grants from Travel Smart and Derbyshire Community Foundation and by contributions from participating schools. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="ID"] We will be delivering further workshops in the Autumn.




Old School was a new arts and heritage project to uncover and collect memories of Fountaindale School in Mansfield. The project was supported by Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Service and was delivered by Junction Arts. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="ID"] Fountaindale School has a fascinating history, from it’s beginnings in 1957 when it was known as ‘Thieves Wood School for Very Severely Handicapped Children’ to it’s present incarnation as a ‘Specialist SEN School’ for children with physical and sensory needs. A new school is being built on land adjacent to the current buildings and we wanted to capture some of the stories that have shaped it’s development. Junction Arts worked with artist Nathan Portlock and staff and students from Fountaindale school to create an exhibition of photographs and written excerpts of interviews recorded by students. Once the interviews were recorded along with ambient sounds of the school an audio sound track was produced. The exhibition has completed it's tour which was very well received. You can listen to it here Old School Audio Soundtrack We have the full interviews for you to read , please click on the names below and you will be directed to the full transcript. Paula Ballard Mark Dengel Glen Mcpherson Steve Phillips Pat Tomlinson Jennifer Lysaght Julie Coupe-Stephens Angela Hatter Rosie Harrison Neil Goddard Phil Gamble Sooty


Memory Lane

Memory Lane

Participation in the Memory Lane project has now been confirmed by Age UK Derbyshire. Junction Arts are thrilled to be working with Age UK, whose services include offering older people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, especially arts activities.  Beginning with Hartington on the 1st February, workshops took place and also were delivered in Hope, Hulland Ward, Bakewell and Chesterfield. Overall there were 15 weekly sessions for approximately 60 participants that were supported by approximately 10 volunteers. [caption id="attachment_4088" align="alignleft" width="147" caption="Hartington Group in action"][/caption] Memory Lane is a reminiscence and heritage project in which participants worked with an artist to create an imaginary streetscape of memories. During a series of informal workshops,  through conversation and by looking at contemporary and archive photographs a building of personal significance was identified and participants were supported to create an image of that building. The images were illustrated with a short written personal history before being exhibited for friends, family and the wider public to view. Memory Lane falls within our Health and Wellbeing programme and is funded by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Age UK. To view the artwork click on the images below: [caption id="attachment_4683" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Hulland Ward Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4684" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Hope Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4686" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Chesterfield Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4667" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on image to see  Bakewell & Hartington Artwork"]Link to Bakewell and Hartington Artwork[/caption]


Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands

Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands

After a successful grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund Junction Arts will begin delivery in January of Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands. This will be the first truly regional project for the organisation and will involve working with a broad range of new partners from the farming, museum and archive sectors. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cora Glasser as the Project Officer. Cora has extensive experience of managing heritage projects and of working with a broad range of participants to research rural themes which are of interest to local people and the wider public. "I am extremely excited to be assisting the delivery of the Heritage Lottery Funded Combine project in the East Midlands, on behalf of Junction Arts. This innovative project will engage a diverse collection of communities and be a unique record of farming life across the six counties of the East Midlands, providing an opportunity for the local distinctiveness of farming heritage to be recorded and disseminated to the wider public. I am really looking forward to working with the chosen communities in each region and exploring their unique history with the young and adult volunteers involved." The East Midlands has a proud and distinct farming heritage and the two year project will capture and promote the people, places and traditions that define the region’s rich agricultural past. The project falls broadly into two parts, the research phase and the exhibition phase. Phase one delivery will begin early in 2012 and involve young people, farmers and local communities working with museums and archives to research the history of farming in each of the regions six Counties, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. They will begin by researching a farm and its’ surrounding area before discovering what is unique and distinct about the farming in each County. All the information will be available on the project website. Phase two will consist of an extensive touring programme for the project exhibition that will visit local and higher profile venues in each County. This is an exciting project for Junction Arts in particular because of the development of so many new regional partnerships.  As we further establish the organisation across the East Midlands we hope these partnerships will flourish and be sustained for the long term.

Harwick Pic

Rural Living

Rural Living

In 2013 we have completed three Rural Living Events: The Bolsover Adventure Sports Festival at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre Sun 14th July 2013 Bring It to the Bowl on the 8th August 2013 in Bolsover Tapton Lock Celebration Weekend on the 14th & 15th September 2013 See pictures here of the first Junction Arts project under the Rural Living programme. (more...)

Junction Arts success in National Portfolio Application

Junction Arts are delighted to have secured National Portfolio funding for the period 2015-2018. This will enable the organisation to continue to deliver a wide range of community arts programmes and also extend its exhibition programme.

Paul Steele, Managing Director at Junction Arts said:

“We are really pleased to have been awarded National Portfolio funding for a further 3 years and thank the Arts Council, England for their continued support. We are very excited about our future programme, which promises a range of stimulating new arts activities and events delivered with communities in Bolsover, North Derbyshire and the wider East Midlands region.”

Details about the new programme will be available on the Junction Arts website later in the year.

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Well Dressing Exhibition and Events

Water, Petals, Clay

The launch of Water, Petals, Clay was a resounding success! The exhibition of photographs that celebrates the thriving tradition of Well Dressing in the communities of North East Derbyshire was kick started on the 11th June, when members of the Well Dressing community cames to admire their hard work.

The exhibition, which will run between the 9th June and the 15th September 2014 at the Creswell Crags Visitor Centre, shows the continuation of an ancient art used to decorate wells, springs or other water sources using natural materials. To begin, a design, often honouring the local history and landscape, is ‘pricked out’ onto a clay base before being filled with areas of colour and texture created by natural materials such as petals, seeds, and leaves. The temporary panels are a celebration of the communities of the Magnesian Limestone area of North East Derbyshire, who were involved in the project ran in conjunction with Bolsover District Council. To get involved with this ancient tradition, there are free family workshops led by artist Judith Brunt  on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August, between 10.30am and 3.30pm at Creswell Crags Museum and Visitor Centre. The exhibition and workshops are fantastic opportunities to participate in this piece of Derbyshire’s heritage.

Click here to download our leaflet:  Well Dressing Events 2014

To get involved click on the timetable of events in the area WELL DRESSING-Timetable

Well Dressing Links:
Fantastic Time delay video of Well Dressing – Whitwell 2012

NE Derbyshire and Further Away – Well Dressings

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Limestone Journeys Year 3 Pages

We’re happy to report that we have completed Year 3 of the Limestone Journeys
programme. Visit our web pages here to see what fabulous work we’ve been doing.

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Open Call For Artists : ‘Drawing The Way’ Sculpture Trail on the Archaeological Way

Open Call For Artists: ‘Drawing The Way’ Sculpture Trail on the Archaeological Way, Derbyshire (Limestone Journeys) Junction Arts
Closes: Monday 16 June, 12 noon
Initial proposals are invited for the creation of two or more art pieces to be located on the route of the developing Archaeological Way in Derbyshire, a multi-user trail connecting Pleasley Pit Country Park with Creswell Crags. The artworks will be located on the former Langwith Branch Line (on a multi-user bridge over the A632) and at Poulter Country Park, and should interact with the ambitions and significance of the project. Artworks should be designed to take into serious consideration resilience to vandalism and theft and present a minimum maintenance liability. Artists should carefully consider suitable materials, which could include mild steel plate, metal, concrete and stone.

Deadline for proposal submissions: Monday 16 June 12 noon

  • Artists shortlisted for interview will be notified by 6pm, Friday 20 June
  • Preferred dates for interview are Thursday 26th & Friday 27th June
  • The successful artist will be informed of our decision by 5pm on Monday 30th June 2014.
  • Interviews will take place at Junction Arts in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

The artist fee will be in the region of £21,000 including all costs related to the project such as materials, fabrication, installation, expenses and travel.Artists must have Public Liability Insurance at a minimum value of £5M for the period of work outlined above. They will also have an enhanced DBS certificate (CRB) dated within the last two years or be willing to apply for one with support from Junction Arts. For more information on the project brief, please Click here to be directed to the opportunities page.

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Free Mosaic Workshop Saturday 3rd May, Shirebrook Christian Centre, 10.00am-2.00pm

Bring your friends and family on Saturday 3rd May to Shirebrook Christian Centre’s Open Day.
Drop in anytime from 10.00am-2.00pm to make a mosaic at a free mosaic workshop.
An artist will guide you through to produce a lovely piece of work to take home.
We’d also like to talk to you about ideas for a large mosaic we’re planning for the Coffee Brook Cafe garden in the summer.

Come along anytime between 10.00am -2.00pm
Christisan Centre, 18-26 Main Street ,Shirebrook,
NG20 8DG

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Artist Opportunity Archeological Way Branding and Logo Design Project

Archeological Way Branding and Logo Design Project
Limestone Journeys Landscape Partnership Project

Expressions of interest are invited for an experienced designer to lead and deliver an interpretation and branding development project for the new multi-user trail ‘The Archaeological Way’ which is located in the Limestone Journeys Landscape Partnership Scheme Area of NE Derbyshire.

The successful applicant will work with Years 9 & 10 pupils from Shirebrook Academy to develop ideas for the branding and logo, which will be used on the trail ID, way markers, QR codes and leaflets. The designer will reference these ideas to develop the final design, which should connect with the existing Limestone Journeys logo, and a more detailed brief will be developed with the designer in advance of the school sessions. The designer will be expected to work closely with scheme partners Bolsover Countryside Partnership and Junction Arts during the project.

For futher information click here to be directed to our Opportunities Page

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Junction Arts on tour in the Netherlands with EMPAF

Junction Arts are busily preparing to join other members of the EMPAF partnership at this year’s International Community Arts Festival(ICAF) in Rotterdam which takes place in March. This week prior to the festival Paul Steele is touring The Netherlands with the Caravan of Dreams (the customised Junction Arts van) visiting a number of Dutch arts projects. With two EMPAF colleagues Paul will talk to and film the people who are involved in and participate in these projects. The edited film will be shared with delegates at 2 workshops during the Festival to provoke debate about what we consider is ‘best practice in socially engaged art.’
This is an exciting opportunity for Junction Arts. We will use it to showcase our projects to a wider audience and to develop relationships with international artists and arts organisations.
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Holocaust Memorial Day- 27th January 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2014

Junction Arts are supporting Chesterfield’s contribution to this important commemoration at the Donut Creative Arts Studio. Voices of the Holocaust, an organisation dedicated to promoting holocaust education will be performing Fragile Fire, the true story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

Junction Arts have coordinated a series of writing workshops for young people. Members of the Chesterfield Write Here group have worked with writer and poet River Wolton to create new work inspired by this year’s HMD theme Journeys and LGBT young people from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby attended workshops led by writer Sarah Thomasin.

They explored stories about the persecution of LGBT people in the holocaust and in today’s world. Jake, Morgen and Lee will share their poems on the subject of the gay holocaust survivor Gad Beck.
The workshops have been funded by Polonia Chesterfield.

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Lantern Parade Huge Success

This years 20th Lantern parade was the “best ever”
and the weather was fantastic, to see more pictures visit our lantern parade page:

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Junction Arts Call for Board Members

Junction Arts is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  It is a participatory arts organisation which has built a reputation, during the last 30 years, for outstanding, transformational work in the arts through partnerships and collaborations within the rural areas of the East Midlands.  Junction Arts is part of the National Portfolio of Arts Council Organisations and raises additional funds for individual projects and programmes.

Each year Junction Arts carry out community projects involving local communities to build confidence and social cohesion whilst producing a high level of art.  Our programme is diverse and develops arts projects for all ages and abilities.  The work is delivered by a small staff team, freelance artists and supported by a team of volunteers.

The trustees and staff of Junction Arts are always looking to improve how the organisation operates at all levels and we are seeking to expand our board to help us through an innovative and challenging stage in our development.

How to Apply
We are welcoming expressions of interest from committed professionals and would particularly be interested in appointing a new Treasurer.
Please send an overview outlining your reasons for wanting to join the Board and what skills / experience you can offer along with a current CV to For further information please visit our website or contact Paul Steele, Managing Director of Junction Arts on 01246 209219 if you would like an informal discussion.

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Free Family Celebration Weekend at Tapton Lock
Tapton Lock Celebration Weekend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September, 11.00am-4.00pm at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, Chesterfield S41 7JB.
Come along to the banks of Chesterfield Canal for a vibrant weekend of arts and leisure activities including live folk music, street theatre performances, floating film screenings, have-a-go canoe rides, art workshops, craft stalls and Dr Bike service. During the weekend there will also be celebrated guest appearances by Canal Poet Laureate, Jo Bell, folk singer Judy Dunlop and Chesterfield Folk Club.

We would like to invite artists the opportunity to exhibit or sell work at this event for a small charge of £20 for the weekend. You will be required to bring along your table, chairs and wet weather cover and places are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more information or to book a place, please email Helena Stenton at

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Opportunity for Two Artists Deadline Extended to 30th August 2013

Artist Call-outs for two new Limestone Journeys Commissions

Junction Arts is inviting submissions of interest for two separate new projects due to start in October 2013, ‘Wear and Tear’ and ‘Farmlands and Crops’.

For further information about the Limestone journeys project, please visit:

Please submit a statement of interest, draft budget and CV to: Aly Stoneman, Arts Project Co-ordinator by Friday 30th 2013 at 5.00pm. Please note all artists must have a current enhanced CRB dated within 2 years, Public Liability Insurance, a Driving License and use of a vehicle (as public transport is limited). Interviews will be held in September 2013.

For further information click here to go to our opportunities page.

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Pleasley Underpass Transformation

Pupils, councillors, and project partners came to celebrate the unveiling of the Pleasley underpass mural, pupils from Anthony Bek school had been working with Peter Barber from Urban Canvas to transform an underpass into an amazing piece of art celebrating the local history from prehistoric cave art through the industrial age to the beauty of local flora and fauna. This Heritage Lottery funded project is part of  Limestone Journeys programme of work and specific project partners including the Bolsover Countryside Partnership and Derbyshire County Council.

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Call for Artists for Bright Winter Nights 2013

Call for Artists for Bright Winter Nights 2013
Junction Arts are inviting expressions of interest from experienced artists to contribute to the Bolsover Lantern Parade to be held in Bolsover on Saturday 30th November 2013. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Parade, which commences with ‘lighting up’ in the grounds of Bolsover Castle from 4.30pm and proceeds around the town (5pm), finishing at Market Place (approx. 5.30pm) with carols around the tree. We are looking for exciting and innovative light-based artworks to add to the magical atmosphere of this special anniversary of the lantern parade.

Visit our opportunities page for further information.

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Artist Opportunity-Choir Leader

Whitwell Community Choir: Choir Leader Wanted

An experienced community choir leader is needed to lead Whitwell Community Folk Choir in Derbyshire. The choir formed in Autumn 2012 to write and perform an original new folk song to celebrate the Limestone Journeys project and the local landscape. Since then the choir, which has around 15 regular members, has continued to meet on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm and to perform folk and traditional songs and carols at local events.
The group are now looking for a choir leader who can work with them on a regular basis to help them progress as a sustainable choir, developing their singing skills, writing a new song and helping at least one member to develop as a choir leader. (You can see a film here of the choir performing at The Festival of The Outdoors in 2012 ).

Approx 10 x 2 hour sessions or equivalent (ie weekend half days, or a mixture of both)
1 x creation and recording of a new song celebrating the local area
1 x day support at a public event/performance
The project is initially funded by Limestone Journeys with the aim that the choir will continue working with the choir leader with funding obtained through subscriptions and grants, with the possibility that a choir member could eventually lead the choir, or share that role.
Artist Fee to be agreed, please specify your daily rate in your expression of interest.

Please submit a statement of interest, draft budget and CV to: Aly Stoneman, Arts Project Co-ordinator by Monday 10th June 2013 at 5.00pm. Please note all artists should have a current enhanced CRB, Driving License and use of a vehicle, and Public Liability Insurance. Interviews will be held in June 2013.

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Junction Arts Creative People and Places Success

Junction Arts are very pleased to announce they as part of a consortium have been successful in their bid for the Arts Council Creative People and Places Fund for “The First Art” project.
The project “First Art” is based around that 14,000 years ago the only Ice Age rock art in Britain was inscribed onto the surfaces of the caves at Creswell Crags.
These ancient links between people, art and landscape will be ignited once again in this exciting project which brings together artists and communities across Bolsover, Mansfield, Ashfield and North East Derbyshire in a creative exploration of the distinctive landscape and stories which have shaped the areas, industrial, social and cultural life.
Grant recipient: Creswell Heritage Trust
Other consortium members: The Prince’s Trust, Junction Arts, City Arts (Nottingham), and community representatives from the Bolsover Partnership and NAVO
The grant offer (over three years): £1,500,00

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Survey Prize Draw Winner

Junction Arts would like to say congratulations to Hilary from the High Peak area who won the free prize draw by filling in our arts survey. Hilary will shortly recieve a box of cupcakes delivered to her door. We’d also like to thank everyone who took part, there was a great response and many of you offered to be part of our focus group or volunteer at our events which was very encouraging.
Once we’ve analysed  the results we’ll make a summary available on the website.

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Junction Arts Survey

Junction Arts are a participatory arts organisation and we would really appreciate your input in planning our programme.
Here at Junction Arts we are proud that our projects are community led and would like you to fill in our short survey so we can take into consideration your thoughts and ideas.
In return we would like to offer you a chance to win a a box of cup cakes delivered to your home or office over the Easter period in our prize draw.
Deadline for Entries 31st March 2013
To enter the survey please click below:
Junction Arts Survey

Junction Arts Team

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Rural Creative Workshops: MEMORY LANE

Participation in the Memory Lane project has now been confirmed by Age UK Derbyshire. Junction Arts are thrilled to be working with Age UK, whose services include offering older people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, especially arts activities.  Beginning with Hartington on the 1st February, workshops will also be delivered in Hope, Hulland Ward, Bakewell and Chesterfield. Overall there will be 15 weekly sessions for approximately 60 participants that will be supported by up to 10 volunteers.

Memory Lane is a reminiscence and heritage project in which participants will work with an artist to  create an imaginary streetscape of memories. During a series of informal workshops,  through conversation and by looking at contemporary and archive photographs a building will be identified and participants will be supported to create an image of that building. The images will be illustrated with a short written personal history before being exhibited for friends, family and the wider public to view.

Memory Lane falls within our Health and Wellbeing programme and is funded by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Age UK. Participants from Hartington Age UK looking at archive and contemporary photographs.

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Freelance Artist Required

Junction Arts have an opportunity for a freelance artist/ practitioner to run an arts and heritage project (8 sessions) beginning in late February 2013, these will be delivered as part of the Junction Arts Old School programme.

For further information click here opportunities

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Combine: Farming Heritage I East Midlands Celebration

On November 7th Rutland County Museum hosted a very special Celebration Event for everyone who had participated in the project. This was the first time all the partners and participants had come together to see the wonderful work that had been produced and was an opportunity to see the exhibition for the first time.
We were very pleased that Gail Pringle from the Heritage Lottery Fund could attend and she presented each participant with a copy of the Combine book. The exhibition has now moved to its second venue, the Corby Heritage Centre, a beautiful thatched cottage in Northamptonshire and will be there until February 2013.

Click here to go to the project page.

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“Underground Music” Premiere Screening Weds 28th November

Junction Arts are proud to annouce the film premier of “Underground Music”  a film about Creswell Colliery Band  past, present and future by Ian Nesbitt amd Creswell Colliery Band. The event takes place at Creswell Old Miners’ Welfare, 321 Model Village, Creswell, S80 4BP Weds 28th November 7-9.00pm

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Junction Arts goes MADD in Derby

Junction Arts staff spent a fantastic day in Littleover Community School in Derbyshire supporting the schools MADDfest, an action packed day for Year 8 pupils to be creative and experience a variety of art, drama and music workshops. Delivering four hour long sessions we worked with 120 pupils who decorated paper bags with images inspired by memories of food, especially things associated with special celebrations and events.

In advance of the workshop, the young participants had thought about what makes a good design and then using collage techniques and brightly coloured tissue papers, created strong final images they proudly shared with the rest of their year during an afternoon showcase.

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Bolsover Lantern Parade a Great Success

This year we had an amazing turn out for our annual lantern parade over 1500 people participated. Here are afew snaps our team took , more photos and film to follow.

Community Lanterns Led the parade alongside Junction Arts huge star Lantern which was over 6 foot across. Lanterns in the parade were made by pupils from Brockley School, Palterton School, Bolsover Infants and Nursery School and  Stubbin Wood School. Chesterfield College brought three giant lanterns to the parade including a 20 foot cracker!  Music was provided by  Buxton Samba Band (Battuta), and the parade was led by Olympic Torch Bearer Shaun Brailsford. A Fire Juggler entertained the lantern makers at the Castle from 4.15pm while they took their places in the parade. The parade began at 5.00pm with the annual Fire Sculpture with London 2012 created by Bolsover Alternative Committee and progressed from the  Castle around the streets of Bolsover to the Market Place where there were carols around the Christmas Tree, accompanied by Whitwell Brass Band. The weather was ideal, cold but clear and no rain or snow in sight. Everyone had a fantastic time and there was great support by thoses watching at the roadside. Thank-you to all who attended.

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