New Arts Project headed for Glascote Library

October 8, 2018

CHILDREN and families are invited to take part in a new arts project taking place at Glascote Library in Tamworth.

Launching this month, Libraries Live is an artist in residence programme taking place in 3 libraries, across 3 counties with 3 communities.

In Glascote, Becky Salt from Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre education team will be running fun & creative activities, using drama techniques to explore themes of ‘change’ in libraries, volunteering in the community, and how libraries and communities can work together to make libraries fit for the future.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are delighted to have received support from Arts Council England for this exciting project which will give more people the opportunity to take part in quality arts and cultural experiences in their local libraries.

“The project will not only enable library volunteers to explore the possibilities of running quality arts activities in their library, but will also give a real insight into the positive impact volunteering has to offer in the community.  We are looking forward to working with the excellent New Vic Theatre education team and welcome the opportunity to support our community managed libraries.”

Photo at Glascote Library, credit to Geoff Broadway.  Left to right: Ian Burley, (Staffs Libraries) Maggie Jarratt, (Library volunteer) Tracie Meredith (Libraries & Arts service), Becky Salt (New Vic Theatre), Chris Plant (Staffs libraries),  Jo Ruddy (Library volunteer co-ordinator).

Photo at Glascote Library.  Left to right: Ian Burley, (Staffs Libraries) Maggie Jarratt, (Library volunteer) Tracie Meredith (Libraries & Arts service), Becky Salt (New Vic Theatre), Chris Plant (Staffs libraries),  Jo Ruddy (Library volunteer co-ordinator). Credit: Geoff Broadway

The project is a collaboration between artists and newly community managed libraries across 3 counties; Warwickshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.  Events will also take place in Water Orton Library, Warwickshire and Newbold Verdon Library in Leicestershire.

Artists will create new work in response to their residency which will culminate in an exhibition set to tour the three county libraries from April next year.

Activities are free and will be posted in the library and on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/staffordshirelibraries

People can keep up to date with the project at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/LibrariesLive or on Twitter by following: #LibrariesLive @StaffsLibraries