Creative schoolchildren and residents in Ilkeston feature in new film

Creative residents and schoolchildren have contributed to a new film showcasing their artistic activities during lockdowns.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:58 am
Euan Hall-Gardiner, 6, promotes Time In Your Hands.

Painting, literary work, drawings, sculpture, photography, film and performance are among the showcased talents of the Erewash community, including Ilkeston schoolchildren.

Entitled Time in our Hands, the film captures the imaginative works of art created and designed by local budding artists during the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

The film also explores how creativity has enabled young people to remember and understand other significant historical periods and the challenges that were faced back then. School workshops were held in October last year when multi-media artist Graham Elstone and writer Chrissie Hall worked with pupils to explore their thoughts on lockdowns and how it has affected them and those around them. The work they created is featured in the film.

Originally planned as a physical exhibition at Erewash Museum, the idea for filming the project came about after the Ilkeston museum had to temporarily close its doors to the public due to Covid-19.

The Mayor of Erewash, Coun Sue Beardsley, sad: “This film, which I am proud to introduce, really shows the true spirit of Erewash and just how imaginative people have been during the lockdowns. We certainly have a very talented borough and the creativity and resilience of how we have all coped really shines through. I hope you take the time to watch and enjoy the film and reflect on what has been one of the most challenging periods of our lifetime and that we can now, hopefully, look forward to brighter, and safer, times ahead.”

Originally planned as a physical exhibition at Erewash Museum, the idea for filming the project came about after the museum had to temporarily close its doors to the public due to Covid-19.

Erewash Borough Council and Graham Elstone created the film which is available to view on www.erewashmuseum.co.uk

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