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Library Landscape - a myriorama for Nottinghamshire

Library Landscapes is designed to entertain, inspire and engage the library users of Nottinghamshire in a printmaking project that brings communities together.

Working in partnership with Inspire from January – April 2017, LPW Artist Sue Rowland is working with eight libraries and eight special needs school groups in Nottinghamshire to build a unique Myriorama, a set of linocut designs to tell stories about Nottinghamshire and its people.

Each group will attend a series of workshops to collectively create a linocut design for the Myriorama, inspired by local topography. All participants will have the chance to make their own work as well as contributing to the group’s design.

The resulting designs will be reproduced as cards and large posters, and will be exhibited in a touring exhibition at four library venues alongside a selection of linocut prints made by participants in the project, during May – October 2017.

Libraries involved in the project are Arnold Library, Hucknall Library, Mansfield Central Library, Newark Library, Selston Library, Stapleford Library, West Bridgford Library and Worksop Library.

The workshops are well underway with Library groups at Newark and Worksop working on designs. St. Giles School has been busy at Retford library and Ash Lea School at West Bridgford Library. The library groups are exploring drawing and design and creating linocut prints whilst the school groups are having a mini printmaking course exploring relief printing, mono printing and screenprinting onto fabric.

Students have been really enjoying the project, saying Wow this is just like art!, That’s awesome! ( comment as one of their peers mono print is revealed), with adult participants agreeing ‘I’m so excited, I can’t wait for next week’s session!’

Nottinghamshire images selected by participants so far include historic buildings, a canon from the Crimean War, lines from a poem by Byron, a Nottingham Forest footballer, an owl and white water rafting!

Library Landscape Exhibition Dates

Worksop Library, 3 May – 11 June
Retford Library, 13 June – 20 July
Mansfield Central Library, 25 July – 4 September
Arnold Library 8 September – 16 October

  • Supported by Children In Need