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Wisbech museum to host pop-up art exhibition

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A Wisbech museum will be hosting a special one day pop-up event next week featuring work by Fenland artists.

Visitors to the pop-up exhibition at Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, titled 'Seven.2, will see a beautiful array of artworks on show, created by seven artists, on Tuesday (July 13).

The original artwork which will be featured in the exhibition will include linocuts, drawings, collages, mixed media, and painting, mostly on paper but some also on fabric.

The work of seven artists will be on show in Wisbech at a one-day event (48936278)
The work of seven artists will be on show in Wisbech at a one-day event (48936278)

The artists have just completed a yearlong accredited course in Printmaking and Visual arts, coordinated and supported by Fenland Community Arts and facilitated by Carole Reich, an artist who designs and creates her own fabrics using relief printing methods from Norfolk.

The arts and historical venues, such as Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, have been heavily impacted over the course of the pandemic with the closing of creative spaces and the loss of working collaboratively face to face.

Fenland Community Arts coordinator Syrah Arnold commented “It’s been a difficult year and a half for so many people and it is now widely recognised that people’s mental health has been greatly tested.

"A huge amount of this course needed to be moved online, which presented its own challenges to both learners and tutor. Our learners all have health issues and the fact that they have overcome so many difficulties over the last year to persevere with this course, to create some innovative, interesting and beautiful artworks, is a testament to their characters and creative spirit.

"We have been delighted to have been able to run the last couple of months face-to-face, whilst following government guidelines to keep our learners and staff safe. Assisting in these sessions has been a delight; the energy and ideas from our learners and support they provide to each-other has been wonderful to see.

"I do hope that the local community in Wisbech and nearby will take time out to visit on July 13, to be a part of and support a creative event in Wisbech and the important museum hosting the exhibition. Some of our learners are selling their artworks with the proceeds going to Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech for art materials for the children there.”

The event will run on Tuesday, July 13 from 11am until 4pm. The museum will have its shop open throughout the pop-up exhibition and is also currently looking for new volunteers.

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