Sunday, 13 December 2015

There is a new window display in the rEvive shop at 59 Market Place, Long Eaton, with artworks created by four local artists: Maggie Cooper, Julie Genner, Steffie Richards and Allison Turner in a display designed by Howie Johnson. rEvive is an art in empty shops project, run by volunteers from CAFE (Culture and Arts Forum Erewash) initially funded by Arts Council England and Erewash Borough Council.
rEvive bring professional and voluntary arts by local artists and performers, arts organisations, community groups and schools into the heart of Long Eaton and Ilkeston town centres. rEvive fills empty shops with creative workshops, performances and exhibitions revitalising town centres, encouraging increased retail enterprise and engaging local residents and visitors in creative activities.
Being part of rEvive offers the opportunity for creatives to develop ideas, display work and gain experience. Volunteers benefit through engagement with creative activities and the local community. Please get in touch if you would like to offer your help, we need and value volunteers.
For more information please contact: Arts Development, Erewash Museum, High Street, Ikeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA : Tel: 0115 9072244 Ex. 4604 or Email:- ' We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly group:

The Window Experience

The central feature of this exhibition is a life-size willow (withy) woven horse, so appealing that holding your hand out to feed it seems perfectly 'natural'!! Maggie Cooper is the creator of this willow beast and many other woven pieces.
The designs on show include a giant dragon fly, a duck house, a life-size heron and a variety of natural multi-coloured baskets. Maggie has worked with willow and other natural materials since training in basketmaking at college and as an apprentice, until in 2014 Maggie became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. She works with locally-sourced materials, making and recreating English forms, reviving ancient and forgotten designs, and creating new artworks for the modern day. Her passion for keeping this ancient craft alive is reflected through her educational work.
Maggie says:  "I share respect for the world around me and my skills with people of all ages and backgrounds. In this way I want this art to be kept alive for future generations to develop further in exciting new ways".

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