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Our volunteer gallery attendent, Sheila Boaden shares her response to the Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour at The Witham

Written by  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:58

Our Volunteer Gallery attendant Sheila Boaden writes about this year’s Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour. 

It’s the final day of our Craft and Conflict Exhibition here at the Witham and what a joy it’s been to man the gallery. I absolutely loved that the exhibition prompted so many stories, observations and emotions from those who came to see it.

Paul Scott’s Foot & Mouth plate in particular proved emotive, many having experienced the devastation at first hand in this area – tissues required at times.

There was something for everyone here and people were genuinely moved, engaged, touched, challenged and inspired by this exhibition.

Highlights for me :- the children from Woodland School who brought their parents along to see their handiwork [display of feet], and being genuinely excited to see not only their own work but to show their parents the exhibition.

-          Meeting Mark Gibbs the creator of the wonderful horse figures,

But I think most of all, learning about all the artists and their individual stories which helped me to understand their work.

I think a comment in our gallery book sums up this exhibition perfectly:-

“A very eye-catching exhibition, beautifully set out in the most affecting way. Every piece worthy of attention – thoughtful and beautifully made”.

Thank you so much to Sheila and Jim for your support with this exhibition at The Witham.

The Craft & Conflict Exhibition at The Witham has been supported with funding from Northern Heartlands’ Community Initiative Fund in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation.
Northern Heartlands is the Durham Great Place Scheme, supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund with funding through the National Lottery.

 

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