Community arts showcase

More than 100 local children and their families enjoyed a series of free art and craft activities across the Borough’s libraries this summer.

Participants helped create a community art piece after listening to stories about Spelthorne’s local heritage as part of the project which was designed to engage more people in the arts activities as well as encouraging the use of libraries as cultural hubs for a variety of activities. The final art piece – Nia the Water Nymph - was unveiled at a celebratory showcase event on Wednesday 31 August in Staines Library.

Participating families were joined by local artists and art groups to highlight and demonstrate some of the Borough’s exciting arts activities – including drama, singing and dance groups, a juggling show, art exhibitions by local artists and art groups, storytelling, arts and crafts workshops and a mosaic making workshop.

All the workshops were free to attend, thanks to grant funding which was provided by local and county councillors.

Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Maureen Attewell, said: “Arts and culture offer important social benefits for personal wellbeing and community cohesion so we were very pleased to be able to offer these free workshops during the summer holidays. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the project. It is always great pleasure to support the talented artists and arts organisations in Spelthorne.”

Nia the Water Nymph remains on display at Staines Library.

Join the Council’s Arts Mailing List by emailing Arts Officer, Catherine Learmonth, at c.learmonth@spelthorne.gov.uk