Items wanted for moveable museum project

Some of the inspirational items on display at the NCCD from artists in residence Katie Smith and Kate Genever. EMN-150514-173539001
Some of the inspirational items on display at the NCCD from artists in residence Katie Smith and Kate Genever. EMN-150514-173539001

As part of a new residency in Sleaford with ArtsNK, artists Katie Smith and Kate Genever are inviting townspeople to bring their home-made objects along to their Moveable Museum of Curious Objects.

The museum, actually a 1980s caravan, will be in Sleaford Market Place on Saturday from 8am to 3pm and parked outside Sleaford Leisure Centre on Sunday from 12-4pm.

The artists will be welcoming everyone to go and visit, to simply find out more about the project, or to share their own objects and the stories associated with them.

The artist duo have entitled their residency Pretty Good Thing, Good Pretty Things, and are researching and documenting the history of the area through its handmade objects.

Organised by the NK Arts Partnership, the residency is one of four taking place as part of Ridges and Furrows, an ambitious art project for the North Kesteven area that links Sleaford with Waddington, Welbourn and North Hykeham. The research will feed into a festival planned for autumn 2016, and create an arts and heritage trail.

The pair said: “Our ambition is to celebrate making and collecting by rooting out amazing items and the stories that everybody has about the home-crafted things they’ve found, made or collected. These will be significant things that mean something special to the owner and maybe their family too. Unique items that might even tell a story of Sleaford’s past or present.”

People who bring objects will be invited to the National Centre for Craft and Design later in the month to photograph them. The resulting archive will be shown in town over the summer, and later in the year look out for a large-scale projection at the NCCD. A sharing event will take place in the caravan parked outside the NCCD on June 6 between 2-4pm and people are invited along to discover a new history of Sleaford’s crafting heritage.

The artists have created a display in the NCCD, featuring some of their own personal items, as well as objects from staff and residents.