A new art installation, entitled ‘We are all artists and creators’ has been unveiled at Elder Way ahead of Chesterfield’s Christmas lights switch on which takes place on Sunday 19 November 2023.
Jomast, developer of the former Co-op department store building on Elder Way into seven street level units and Premier Inn hotel, has collaborated with local charity, Junction Arts to bring colour and light to the iconic building this winter as well as tell the story of Junction Arts and the work it does in the community.
Artist Lucie Maycock has created the beautiful window artwork, which includes original illustrations, which frame a stunning collection of lanterns that have been made by the local community over the last three decades, for the annual Bolsover Lantern Parade.
Over 7,000 lights have been used to bring the artwork to life. People can see the display in the window located opposite the Co-op Bank on Elder Way, which is best viewed in the evening when the lanterns are lit up.
Junction Arts is an award-winning participatory arts charity, that was established in 1976 to develop and deliver engaging arts experiences within disadvantaged areas, to improve wellbeing, build confidence and skills, address inequality and inspire change. The local charity runs several projects throughout the year as well as organising events including The Chesterfield Children’s Festival, Tapton Lock Festival and Bolsover Lantern Parade.
Junction Arts Managing Director, Emily Bowman said: “Thank you to Jomast for giving us this opportunity to showcase community art in the town centre, it’s great to see the lanterns as the centrepiece to the design, as we are celebrating 30 years of the Bolsover Lantern Parade this year. We hope that Lucie and Karen’s amazing work will bring light and hope to people, inspiring them to get creative in their communities. The window perfectly reflects the work we do in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire and I hope it encourages more people to engage with us in the future.”
Jomast’s Commercial Property Director Mark Hill said: “We’re all really excited by the artwork that Lucie is creating. Her link to the building’s former use as a Co-op department store is remarkable and we couldn’t think of anyone better placed to bring one of the new units to life with this stunning artwork. The lanterns really will shine a light on this beautiful building and its redevelopment.”
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