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Poetry and needlework on display
The windows of Coventry's Belgrade Theatre are being turned into an exhibition space for a community project featuring poetry and knitted crafts. Taking place between February 23 and March 9, the works featured in 'A Stitch in Time' have been created by NeedleCraft for Wellbeing and the Underground Lights Community Theatre, both groups who usually meet at the theatre but have been unable to gather due to lockdown.
Stitch in Time
NeedleCraft for Wellbeing usually holds weekly sessions at the Belgrade, where members of the community socialise and create knitted crafts. Unable to meet at the current time, the group members have retained their sense of community through creating work for the exhibition.
Niki Doughty Lee, Group Co-Ordinator for Needlecraft for Wellbeing, said: "Our NeedleCraft for Wellbeing, Craft On! group, has welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Underground Lights on this project. The Craft On! group usually meets to help alleviate social isolation whilst engaging in mindful craft activity. We have been unable to meet face to face during lockdown but this project has enabled a group of people to stay connected and create something worthwhile using a range of different skills."
Underground Lights Community Theatre is one of the Belgrade Theatre's Springboard companies with members holding workshops, rehearsals and performances at the theatre space. The group's workshops for adults experiencing mental health issues, homelessness or social disadvantage have continued online during the lockdown period.
Frankie Robson, Sessional Facilitator for Underground Lights, said: "A Stitch in Time is a really interesting and cool concept and I'm very excited to see how people resonate with the display. Giving the artists free rein to knit what the poetry made them feel has created some really interesting art which is not to be missed!"