Getting Creative at the Joseph Banks Centre

Two temporary exhibitions open this month, both of which celebrate the creative talents of local people and can be viewed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until December 4.

Horncastle Creative “Why I Love…” Exhibition is brought to you by local creative businesses and invites you to explore the wide range of art and craft mediums being practiced in Horncastle and the local area.

Come and see original pieces made from felt, stitching, iron, flowers, pencil, watercolour, acrylics, wood, silver, copper and recycled materials and learn why each artist is drawn to their chosen medium.

Horncastle Creative is an informal organisation which aims to celebrate the growing number of locally-based professional makers and their collaborative approach to sharing their skills and expertise.

This group also seeks to reflect the developing nature of the town as a hub for arts & crafts within the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is supported by, and works in partnership with, ELDC and its new brand Love Horncastle.

Horncastle & District Scrubs Commemorative Quilt Exhibition celebrates the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from Horncastle and Distribution Scrubs.

The group formed in response to the PPE shortages experienced by NHS, Care & other frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating from spare rooms, dining tables and The Stanhope Hall, this dedicated group contributed thousands of sets of scrubs and other needed items to hospitals, doctors, dentists and other health and care teams across the county.

The exhibition includes the first public viewing of a Commemorative Quilt created to mark this time. The quilt represents a wall of strength and is built from bricks individually designed and created by over 100 of the group’s volunteers.

Also on display will be a set of scrubs, that is being presented to Horncastle History & Heritage Society for the town archives, as well as other items created by the group.

The special set of scrubs is made from a unique rainbow fabric designed by Tessa Semple, former head of design at Liberty of London. It was used only to make scrubs for the NHS, and was commissioned after 11 year old Noah Evans (son of the DJ Chris Evans) raised over £120,000 to buy fabric for the Scrubbers.

Ian Marshman, Chairman of the Society said: “We were delighted to receive this set of scrubs, which we hope will show future generations how volunteers from Horncastle came together during this global pandemic. What the Horncastle Scrubbers have achieved is inspirational.”

Photo : Horncastle Creative “Why I Love…” Exhibition in the gallery at the Joseph Banks Centre

Photo: The Horncastle & District Scrubs Commemorate Quilt is unfolded at the Joseph Banks Centre. Held by Tracey Leyland (Horncastle & District Scrubs), Paul Scott (volunteer curator Joseph Banks Centre), Shelley Wills (Horncastle Scrubs), and Ian Marshman (Chairman of Horncastle History & Heritage Society).