The project will build on the experience and community interest that has been developed during a smaller project that took place over the last two years.  It will also further develop the partnership work established with organisations including Rural Arts and, importantly, build a legacy through which this work will be able to continue into the future.

1505643_294992543989650_543912128_nThe project will set up and work with seven groups from the local military communities of Catterick Garrison, Topcliffe, Dishforth and Ripon over two years through the provision of monthly (over 16 weeks) textile workshop activities, visits, talks and mentoring.  Activities will take place both daytime and evening, providing those with work and childcare commitments an opportunity to access the project.

The project will deliver the following outcomes:

  1. Build on the legacy of previous projects by working across four garrisons;
  1. Develop creativity and build skills by working alongside two contemporary textile artists to create work for exhibition and the creation of a collaborative community hanging;
  2. Target military families at risk of isolation by making a real contribution to relationship and confidence building in these communities (particularly common-wealth families and all families who have recently moved to the area as part of a major troop movement on Catterick Garrison).

4. Encourage participation with the wider local community through skills sharing, exhibiting and displaying artwork at events and festivals and supporting the work of organisations including the Embroidery Guild and Womens’ Institutes in the area.

5. Develop an educational link to the collections held by: The Green Howards Museum Richmond, Bowes Museum (V&A) Barnard Castle and York Quilting Museum.