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Spalding's Callum Brazzo on the importance of art

Art has never been so important.

Throughout these transitional times, the arts have had such a prominent voice to speak out about them.

I asked several people, including the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) in Sleaford, will be back on Saturday (July 28):‘How important do you think art has been during this time?’

Callum Brazzo (15735355)
Callum Brazzo (15735355)

NCCD Exhibitions Curator Lesley Farrell said: ”When we had to close at short notice, we worked very hard to move as much of our creative activity as we could online, with virtual workshops, tours and a family and community social media group.

"The way our visitors have continued to engage with our programme throughout this period and the response we have had to the announcement that we will be reopening has shown us just how important art and creativity is to so many people.

"For some it has been a way to express their feelings during an uncertain time, for others it has been a way to connect through shared activity with those they live with, or even, with the help of technology, to friends and family members at a distance.

"When NCCD re-opens we will be showcasing artworks sent into us by the public for our Art Club open exhibition. The response to this has been inspiring and we have some amazing works to share when we reopen."

Autistic artist Krissy Fuller gave this response: “Art is always important for me because it is part of who I am but during this time it was good that I could keep this as part of my schedule when everything else was being changed or stopped completely”

Autistic-led Cool Capture Photography, which I have collaborated with on a YouTube video for my poem Masking, explained: “Art has been very important as my craft photography has given me some sense of stability at a time where everything is changing so quickly, it gives me some sense of routine which has proven benefits for autistic people as well as a way of realizing emotions. Although my photographic practice has been altered to fit with restrictions it allows me to keep hold of something so familiar to me.”

Martyn Bignell, Participation Officer (People with disabilities and those with access needs)for Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) who have partnered with South Holland Centre in the past for such community standouts as Music In The Marketplace, has also shared his views.

He said: “For many people, art has been a means to escape. We can sometimes misinterpret the word art as 'things you see in a gallery' but there is art in all aspects of our lives, be it food, films, video games or gardening.

"I feel like most of society, at least to begin with, needed outlets either creatively or emotionally to deal with the confusing times we've had. I think we will look back at this period and be astonished at how inventive and resilient people have been. I believe we will also see the arts return slowly in new and exciting forms to guide us through our 'new normal'.”

Ciao for now!

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