This is a piece made by A&M Potters during lockdown in response to watching ‘Seaspiracy’ and in order to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans in the battle against climate change. This piece ‘The Whale’ is made from crank stoneware, mounted on a …
A beautifully created nature collage using materials found on a walk to illustrate that walk and the Fens.
From Lesley Allen, the creator:
My version of Holme Fen – re-created by debris found on the woodland floor at Holme Fen. The toadstools are acorn cups cut and painted by me. I really enjoyed the whole process from going for a walk, collecting bits and bobs, pressing and drying, arranging and finally taking the photograph! It’s my kinda thing I like to do, especially as times are at the moment.
A Linocut printmaker from Ramsey, Vivien has been inspired by Fenland Fauna (and a beautiful Giraffe!) and has produced these during lockdown. Featured Image: Pheasant hand coloured Linoprint “I love the vibrancy watercolour brings to this handsome fellow.” Vivien tells us: “I am a Linocut …
Wanting to do some creative thinking during lockdown, the idea of woodland in summer, goddesses protecting us and other, perhaps fanciful, but needed stories and inspirations, produced these goddesses. In the Steiner style with no faces (so you can project your own thoughts and expressions) one was made for myself, then one for a friend who is leaving the country.
Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. Natalia was visiting her partner when the lockdown came into force and her flights were cancelled. Natalia started to miss her work and expressed a desire to do some work when she saw big piles …
As you go through town, you’ll find a couple of Mandalas that have been sent in, they’re beautiful in their own right but then we made them into a puzzle on the ground! We’ll have information stands throughout the map, this screenshot shows you the mixed up mandala, and the stand being built by one of our collaborators!
By local author Diane Calton Smith.
‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any more what really happened. There are too many theories and there is too little evidence.
see more on her page here
We decided to add the book to the map as a nod to the river being a part of the town, but also a part of the wider history of the area. The river Nene goes out to the Wash.
The map was generated from LIDAR data – accurately representing the heights of everything from the ground up. It was then combined with street map data to judge whether there was a building, tree, street or in our case river. These blocks were then changed …
From Wikipedia: The Clarkson Memorial commemorates Thomas Clarkson (1760 – 1846), a central figure in the campaign against the slave trade in the British empire, and a former native of Wisbech. It dates from 1880 – 1881 and is a Grade II* listed building. The …
Crossing the river where it has been crossed for centuries, this bridge leads from the High Street, Nene Parade, South Brink and Bridge Street across to North Brink and the Old Market. The main large building in front (with dark curved arches on the lower level) is No 1 North Brink, the Corn Exchange, with the Town Council Chamber above. The painting is by Clive Bilcliff and you can find it here
Local Student Cerys is studying at Sheffield Hallam University but like many young people, she came home during lockdown. She has submitted three sets of her work to us, here’s a sample of her photography, she also does Macrame (see the Textiles section)
These three are part of a series, called “The Impact of the Anthropocene”
Also, here’s some macro shots of her Jewel Orchid:
by Amy Wormald
29 September – 11 October 2020
Open daily 12pm – 4pm (closed on Mondays)
Waterside – Ely – CB7 4AU
Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Amy Wormald is a contemporary painter living in Ely whose colourful work is inspired by the Fens, construction and growth. The exhibition brings together paintings inspired by urban and rural landscapes within a 20-mile radius of Ely. Her work ranges from small studies of colour in nature, to large canvases of building sites and roadworks.
Amy was winner of the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2018 and shortlisted for the D-Contemporary Painting Prize in London in 2019.
The exhibition brings together original framed works in oil and acrylic to browse or buy. Entry to the gallery is free and all are welcome.
A Recipe for Beginning Afresh using lockdown store cupboard ingredients.
Before the counting’s done,
while it’s still fresh,
take one wobbly cyclist
newly confident on empty roads.
A cup of watching nature in the garden.
At least 500g of birdsong,
feel free to add more to taste.
As much as you can find of empty skies
and smog free air.
A handful of daily walks.
A good slug of care and compassion.
A tablespoon of acting for the greater good.
A smidge of clap for carers if you fancy.
3 cups of verges brimming with wildflowers.
A litre of clearer water from Venice.
Add all the ingredients and mix.
Don’t forget the cherry on top
Lower Carbon Dioxide emissions.
Serve anytime, day or night.
There’s more than enough,
to enjoy right now
and leave to prove
the benefits for future generations
We’re very excited to be able to bring you this brilliant song by Harp and a Monkey inspired by our very own Museum!
The video was produced as part of The Library Presents scheme which “brings physical and digital arts activities for all ages into towns and villages across Cambridgeshire. To see the latest programme of events and workshops visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts”
Thankyou to The Library Presents team for putting us in touch and of course to Harp and a Monkey for taking part. We look forward to working with them further, and we’ll be putting this in the Minecraft Arts Trail!
Here’s some details from Harp and a Monkey:
As the people of Britain embrace the partial reopening of our ‘houses of heritage’, the award-winning song and storytelling trio Harp & a Monkey are making public the fruits of a new project that celebrates the value of our public museums, galleries and archives.
The Ballad of Wisbech Museum is a timely reminder (in song and imagery) of the vital role that cultural centres play in our lives, and the pride and care involved in maintaining them.
Harp & a Monkey front-man Martin Purdy explains: “For many of us, places like museums provide an oasis of calm in a frantic world. As soon as you enter and the door closes behind you, the chaos of the street disappears and it’s like being embraced by a special kind of stillness. Many of us find these places totally immersive and magical – somewhere we can have a quiet thought in our own heads.”
We agree. The Museum is a perfect place to take time out from a busy day, or to just enjoy a quiet moment. Always worth a visit, seeing something new each time, and of course a good place to find local history books and unusual gifts.
“This sector, not unlike our own in the music world, has faced – and continues to face – very tough times. We’ve done a lot of projects with museums, archives and galleries in the past and we were pleased to be asked to help celebrate the important role they play, and must continue to play, in archiving our past and providing vital lessons for our future.”
The Lancastrian trio’s commission came via the Arts Council and The Library Presents, which is Cambridgeshire County Council’s arts project for County Libraries. The challenge was to write a song inspired by the The Wisbech and Fenland Museum, which is one of the oldest purpose-built museums in the UK.
Harp & a Monkey’s relationship with this particular facility dates back to late 2019 when they launched their acclaimed fourth album, The Victorians, with a live show in the facility.
In keeping with the founding history of the building, for this particular project the trio used a pre-existing song from the period of its birth (1847) for their initial inspiration. The song they chose was unearthed by the outfit’s banjo player Andy Smith, and is an old Victorian Broadsheet called The Electors of Cambridge, which was itself a reworking of an even older ballad called Fly Not Yet.
Here’s the music and we’re sure you’ll love the film too:
The Ballad of Wisbech Museum is accompanied by a short art film put together by the band’s harpist Simon Jones, who is an internationally recognised art photographer and animator.
Like the tracks on their last album, The Ballad of Wisbech Museum has been mixed by the in-demand Darren Jones, whose clients include the likes of Stormzy, Tom Walker and Harry Styles.
Local Illustrator/Designer, Brandon has produced work that has been sold across the UK including: Waitrose, ASDA, Clintons & UK Greetings He works with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on ideas to support young artists. He has kindly sent us some of his pieces of Wisbech, …
“After lockdown I saw the world from new angles and with a new phone in hand I took some photos with wide lens of the St. Peter’s church. I’ve grown up in Elm and many generations before me. I’ve always loved taking photography and capturing moments of time.”
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They said that he died, the old man from the flats
Diabetic and eighty, he fitted the stats
An ambulance came, was a call from his daughter
They took him away, Covid lamb to the slaughter
Connected by wires to machines made by Dyson
No time for goodbye or a kiss from his grandson
‘We did all we could, please prepare for the worst’
They’ve said it so often the lines feel rehearsed
Another bed empty, another one bagged
Another confirmed, another toe tagged.
No poem by Auden, no black horse with feathers
The only respects are for distancing measures
We scuttle from houses like terrified spiders
To clap the front line, as it serves to remind us
We’re here, still alive, and not yet met our fate
Then return to our fears at one-minute past eight.