From yarn bombs to embroidered concrete

AN exhibition with a difference will take you outside the gallery.

Concrete Canvas opens on May 5 at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford and runs until June 24.

Taking inspiration from the increasing popularity of Urban, Street and Guerilla art, this exhibition aims to bring colour, social interaction and life to the streets of Sleaford. Works by selected artists will pop up throughout the town during the course of the show making people look twice at their surroundings and routines.

Highlights will include Anna Garforth who works with a diverse range of materials to create unique and experimental work. With a strong background in design and illustration, her nifty fingers work moss into beautiful lettering, cookie dough into edible posters and rubbish into typographic wonders.

Bethany Walker uses knitted and embroidered threads and fibres combined with concrete and cement to create slabs which are incorporated into walls to create a fashionable and fascinating image.

Anna Collette-Hunt’s witty and quirky swarm of ceramic insects is inspired by the collection of entomology in the natural history collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. Visitors will be encouraged to pick up a bug jar, search out insects and bring them back to the gallery.

There has been a lot of interest in yarn bombing – a type of street art using colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn rather than paint or chalk. A workshop ‘Knit the Streets’ will take place on Saturday May 12 where you can work with colourful yarn to knit woolly creations or ‘Keep Calm and Carry Yarn’ on Saturday June 9 to join in with a day of workshops, specialist craft stalls and outdoor knitting and crochet master classes.

All the artworks and activities will be captured and documented within an e-book and exhibition staff will be asking people to make sound recordings, videos, take photos and rubbings of interventions found around the town in order to create an electronic experience of this unusual show.