Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Curious Keepsake Machine tours Lincolnshire

Visitors to three Lincolnshire gallery venues will be able to take home an original piece of handcrafted art for just £1 as Design-Nation Lincolnshire takes their Curious Keepsake Machine on tour.

The Curious Keepsake Machine is a specially customised vending machine full of small handmade artworks that will travel to 3 venues in the coming months, starting in August: The Hub in Sleaford; 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe and The Collection in Lincoln.

Funded through an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant, the aim of this project is to bring artwork to new audiences and make it a fun experience.

Visitors to the venues will be able to purchase a special token and the Curious Keepsake Machine will then dispense them a surprise gift to take home, created by one of 8 artists involved in the project: Nicki Jarvis, Laura Mabbutt, Kathleen Smith, Paula Briggs, Ann Povey, Sharon Dickinson, Angela Ibbs and Caroline Matthaei.

Nicki Jarvis, one of the artists involved in the project said: “We developed this idea during our zoom meetings over lockdown, as a way of creating a fun way for people to get a small art object to keep. Each item will be a unique craft item, inspired by the idea of a precious talisman or keepsake that fits into your pocket.”

Hayley Banks from Design-Nation who are also supporting the project said: “It’s been wonderful to observe the development of the Curious Keepsake Machine project over the past year and I know how much time and energy the DN Lincolnshire group has invested in bringing their plans to fruition.

“Design-Nation launched cluster hubs to bring together members on a local level; for peer support (so vital during recent times) but also to explore opportunities for projects, training and collaboration.

“Although the craft disciplines and models of creative practice are many and varied within the Lincolnshire group, this project harnesses the skills and experience of DN’s Lincolnshire members in an exciting and innovative fashion.

“The project is intriguing, fun and an excellent vehicle to raise the profile of the members involved and the exceptional work that they produce.

“I’m delighted that DN Lincolnshire is the first of our cluster hubs to be awarded a grant through Arts Council England to support their project and I can’t wait to see the Curious Keepsake Machine at venues across the county very soon!”

Image: Laura Mabbutt – Pocket PuzzlesThe Guardian Dog

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