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The local quilter’s group I’m a part of will be exhibiting; the new arts and crafts group, I hope, will have some pieces to exhibit and there is the intention to get the local immigrant community involved as I’m interested to see the arts and crafts styles and methods that they will have brought with them. I have already made contact with a few eastern European artists and there is a plan to set up a residency for an artist to spend time in the area for their own professional development and for them to provide workshops for local people and schoolchildren in particular. The Grammar school has already taken part in some workshops and the Arts and Crafts group at the museum will be open to school children as well as adults as it is being held on a Saturday afternoon.


The Arts Festival will celebrate many different forms of the arts, including drama, photography and music and includes many local artists and craftspeople. The diversity of the area


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will certainly be represented, with all ages and all backgrounds taking part as exhibitors, demonstrators or simply attending some of the workshops. I’m really proud to be a part of it and enjoy hearing of many other such festivals and events throughout the country via sources such as UK Handmade. I think those in the “handmade” community are really working hard to celebrate their crafts and art; we work well together, supporting each other and bringing new people into the handmade community.


Lorena Hodgson is the owner of Red Barn Crafts, set up to support craftspeople support themselves through regular events and workshops in Peterborough and Fenland. She is part of the RSA’s Changemakers


program in


Peterborough and volunteers for Visitwoods, Railworld and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House.


All images courtesy of Lorena Hodgson


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