Our new series of blog posts 'what do artists do all day?' give our resident artists a chance to share their creative lives beyond the time they spend in their studios. First up, Gillian and David Wing from Strawberry Glass report back on their involvement with the Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Project and share details of their forthcoming events.
The Cemetery Chapels, built in 1854, stand in the 6 acre cemetery near the centre of Holbeach and are an excellent example of Victorian architecture. Local people have established a Trust to attract funding to refurbish the buildings and to find a use for the chapels that would benefit the whole community. The Heritage Lottery fund has made an award for the development stage of the project and a range of interesting workshops aimed at local people have been supported. Strawberry Glass have run 3 stained glass workshops as part of the project, 2 half days for young people exploring the copper foiling method of construction and a 2 day workshop creating panels using the traditional lead work construction. If funds allow we hope to run another workshop in the summer so it is worth checking the Project's website. www.holbeachcemetrychapels.org.uk
The Studio will be open for the Unique Cottage Studios Open Day on the 24 June. Do call in and see us and we'll answer any questions you have about stained glass.
On the 21 and 22 July we will be tutoring a two day lead workshop at the Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle. You can book through the Lincoln Castle website under the Heritage Skills section or contact the Centre on 01522 552434 for more information.
On the 26 July you will find us at the Sandringham Flower Show in the Traditional Crafts Demonstrating Tent. Always a great day out, especially for gardening enthusiasts!
Also planned is participation in the Peterborough Artists Open Studios. The Strawberry Glass Studio will be open on the 24 June and the 1 & 2 July, 10.30am to 4pm.
Finally, as part of the Lincolnshire Art on the Map organisation we will be participating in an exhibition at Gunby Hall during July. Take a look at the Gunby Hall website for opening times, they are part of The National Trust.