Artist activity at the Heritage Hub
In the summer of 2017 Gloucestershire Archives was delighted to announce it had received funding from Arts Council England to work with 5 artists - Imogen Harvey-Lewis an illustrator, Julia O’Connell, a textile artist, Natasha Houseago, a sculptor and Lynda Knott and Angela Williams from TomatoJack Arts, mosaic artists.
We wanted this collaboration of heritage and art to bring together the local community, members of the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub network and our partners with the artists to create beautiful eye-catching public artworks. We wanted the artworks to tell the story of Gloucestershire’s history and be inspired by its people, heritage and geography.
The artists visited the Archives taking time to talk to staff and look at some of the wonderful documents, amazing maps, photographs and archived material kept at Gloucestershire Archives. They also talked to our partners and visitors and finding out from them what they thought was important about Gloucestershire and what they would like to see represented.
Their research also took the artists out into the community visiting Residential and Care homes, local schools and community groups. They had a wonderful time working with local people from across Gloucestershire, hearing stories, collecting memories and looking at photographs.
The first artworks were unveiled in the summer of 2018 and in the summer of 2020, just after the first lockdown, the final two artworks were installed.