LEAMAC (Long Eaton All Media Art Club) had a residency in the shop at 59 Market Place last autumn. Here’s what they had to say, followed by some images, and if you’d like to know more about LEAMAC, click here for their website.
rEvive Shop Experience
As a small, local art and craft group, we were really pleased to take up the offer of a week’s residence in the Long Eaton rEvive shop last September. We wanted to showcase our members’ talent by displaying as large a range of their art and craftworks as possible in the shop as well as holding a couple of drop-in dot painting sessions which were open to everyone. We are a not for profit club, so our members are the lifeblood of the group, often bringing their individual specialities to host mini workshops for the other members, as well as getting involved in events like our week in the shop.
As Mental Health Awareness Day fell within the week we were in the shop, we combined our wish to use creativity as therapy for those who have mental health issues, with PR for the club and a membership drive, for which the shop provided the perfect vehicle. We received quite a number of enquiries about the club, which subsequently led to several new members joining us and bringing their talents into the fold.
The main benefit, though, was the enjoyment and real sense of achievement we got from our short stay in the shop and we have decided to further this by taking over the shop again but this time for a month, beginning on 12 May.
This type of facility is all too rare, as is the enthusiastic team from Arts Erewash and Erewash Borough Council, whose help and support has proved to be vital in helping groups like ours grow and flourish and continue to provide creative outlets for our local community.
Here’s some images from LEAMAC’s stint at the shop.