Metal Age project celebrates heritage

Metal_AgeAn Erewash based arts project has just launched two months of activities exploring The Metal Age.

Excite Inspire Engage Erewash, which creates contemporary artwork based on the heritage of the borough, is staging a variety of workshops and events until the end of March.

Imprinted memories invites people to bring along their personal artefacts and photos of their experiences of the metal industry. Then they will be creating jewellery by combining those and people’s thoughts into text imprints on metal. This takes place at the King George Gallery, Ilkeston, from 5.30pm-7.30pm on January 22 and Erewash Museum, Ilkeston on February 2 from 11am-3pm and March 9 from 11am-3pm.

At Erewash Museum on January 24 from 11am-3pm artists will be designing glass panels inspired by the local industry and there will be a celebration of Stanton and Staveley’s everyday industrial heritage by casting quirky pewter charms, earrings and key rings at King George Gallery on January 29 from 5.30pm-7.30pm; at Cloughie’s Restaurant at the Midlands Co-op in Ilkeston on January 31 from 10am-3pm and again at Erewash Museum on March 16 from 11am-3pm.

One of the most intriguing events will be Build Your Own Bennerley Viaduct at King George Gallery from 5.30pm-7.30pm on March 12.

Excite Inspire Engage Erewash is two year project to explore and engage different art forms and is supported by Arts Council England and the Erewash Partnership. To find out more about the project and The Metal Age events go to

Dawn Turner, an artist based at the Shed 2 Studios in Heanor Road, Ilkeston worked with Gavin Darby, a metal sculptor, of Frailloop, at one of the first workshops of the event at the weekend. To find out how they got on go to her blog