Grayson Perry reveals Brexit vases

‘we have much more in common than that which separates us’

– Grayson Perry

View the vases here


Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2017

19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 Bristol UK

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.


Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, Mumbai (India)

Mariantonìa Oliver, Dance artist (Mallorca)

Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (UK)

Fred Foote, doctor, veteran and poet (USA)

Dr Iona Heath, former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK)

Blood Sugars performance from the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (South Africa)

Vic McEwan, artist (Australia)

We received 311 abstract submissions from 22 countries. Although we are unable to showcase everyone’s work, the programme will be extraordinarily rich and varied.

For further information please contact:

Our Textile Stories exhibition launches

On Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd Jemma Bagley (Charnwood Arts, Community Arts and Wellbeing Coordinator) and I were at the Peepul Enterprise putting up Loughborough University 1st year textile students work.

We did a lot of prep in the weeks running up to the big hang, organising, planning, sourcing materials, cutting down  and washing ladders and lots and lots of framing. The time spent in preparation really paid off.

Here’s a little taster of the foyer area

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And we also have some work on the first floor next to the restaurant 20160421_163131 20160421_162925 20160421_162859 20160421_162809

Not to mention the ladder installation.

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It has been a long, stressful and arduous few days but I think the results were well worth our efforts.

The exhibition is now up and ready for viewing at Peepul Enterprise, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP.

A huge thank you to Jemma B for keeping me going. Also to all the students who produced the lovely work, to Maddy for creating and publishing the blog, to Kerry Walton and Kerry Akiwowo for their help and support setting the brief and for guiding students through the project. Also thanks to Natalie at Charnwood Arts for making the lovely information boards, and to Peepul Enterprises for hosting and not complaining about all the hammering and drilling we caused yesterday.

Why not also visit the blog to find out more about the project:

We hope that you enjoy the show!

Our Textile Story

Following on from the success of last years collaboration we have once again joined forces with the first year textile students at Loughborough University to bring you this new project, ‘Our Textile Story’.

A new blog that has been set up to promote the current project and exhibition with information about the past project and how the collaboration first began.
Building on the success of last years ‘Our Knitted Story’, this years students were set the project Our Textiles Stories. The brief was to create a set of work which explores the history that each individual student has with textiles. What were their earliest memories, what has influenced them in their years of growing up that has led them to choosing textile design as a career?
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Maddy Wozencroft is one of the selected students and she has set up the beautiful WordPress blog which contains an overview of the project and displays each selected students work. There is more info to add, as each student will have a statement about their work and how it developed.
We are happy to say that the exhibition ‘Our Textiles Stories” will be on at Peepul Enterprises, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester from Friday the 22nd April until Friday the 6th of May 2016.
There will be an opening event which is still being planned at the moment. The details about the exhibition at Peepul Enterprises will be added to the blog soon. 

Hopes and Dreams

The latest exhibition from Charnwood Arts RawArt and Cafe_Space group is now on at Charnwood Museum, Queens Park, Loughborough.

The collection has been pulled together from work made for various projects over the last couple of years. Materials include found objects like keys and labels. As well as materials that have been donated, including threads, fabrics, buttons and beads.


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Stories inspiring the artworks include, the fantasy of a treasure island, seashore treasures and the mysterious depths of a rockpool. Tracey Del Grecos piece reflects her childhood growing up by the sea in Wales and a favourite song lamenting the destruction of our environment.

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Other pieces show butterflies and a summer garden, a hope of things to come. Julies rag rug flower suggests the lushness of a peony in full bloom.

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You can enjoy this little collection of very personal work until the end of May during Charnwood Museums opening times.

Opening hours October to March

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 3pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 3pm
  • Bank Holidays: 01509 233754

Opening hours April to September

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 2pm – 5pm

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The RawArt and CAFÉ_space groups meet at Charnwood Arts on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Both groups are designed to promote well being through creative activity.

We also welcome and rely on donations of materials for most of our project work.