Bedworth Library hosted Warwickshire Libraries first Arts Award day on Monday 14th August.

A select group of young people worked with visual artist Ruth Spaak and professional poet Matt Black throughout the day to complete their Arts Award booklet and to create art and poetry of their very own, inspired by the local area.

Before the attendees arrived, Ruth created a beautiful spread of materials including paper of all kinds, postcards, acrylic, scissors, glue and stamps (a 1982 Fergie and Andrew being one of my favourites) for the group to use and explore throughout the day. It was wonderful organised chaos.

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A small group meant that as well as working together, each person also got quality one on one time with each artist. Finding out more about Ruth and Matt as artists fulfilled the criteria of the Arts Award whilst giving the children new knowledge about the realities of working and creating in the art world.


For those who were inspired to write, Matt was on hand to help write lines about the local Bedworth area using the local studies collection from the library as inspiration. The lines of poetry written by the children will be curated by Ruth into a 3D piece of art which will feature on a forthcoming virtual poetry map of Warwickshire.


At the end of the afternoon friends and family were invited to hear a mini presentation from the children about what they had achieved during the day. All the children achieved their Arts Award Discover – many congratulations to their hard work and creativity! Many also to Ruth and Matt who hosted a wonderful day.

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Warwickshire Libraries are hosting more Arts Awards events! Spaces still available for the Leamington event on Thursday 24th August 2017.  Book now.