At Rugeley Library, artist Ruth Allen has worked collaboratively with local crafters, library visitors, family groups, library staff and the wider community through pop up activities & outreach events to form a hub of experimental activity where people of all levels of experience and ability had the opportunity to take part, contribute ideas, develop creative skills and try new techniques. The hub have gone on to produce a wonderful array of art work inspired by their local town and heritage, local buildings and the places people love about Rugeley. We have enjoyed listening to people’s own stories about the local area and have explored the importance of public buildings; having somewhere to meet and connect with others and, in particular, how people feel visiting their local library, what makes it feel a safe and welcoming place to visit.
As part of the project, Ruth has developed a toolkit of materials for the library including various tools and materials to encourage the hub to continue to meet & develop their skills in line drawing, wire sculpture and printing techniques. A guidebook of resources including activity instructions, top tips and where to source materials, is available at the library as well as colouring sheets of different places and buildings in and around Rugeley.
These can be downloaded below.
A selection of colour sheets to download & print – more available at the library:
We asked participants, ‘What have you enjoyed most about this project and what difference has it made?’