Love is louder across Rotherham as Artbomb Project is launched

Published Wednesday, 13th July 2016
Love Is Louder
Love Is Louder

Crafty people across the borough have their hands full this week as they continue preparations for the launch of the Love Is Louder artbomb project next Monday July 18.

Pieces of artwork created over recent weeks by local people from all walks of life will be tied to buildings across the town – including the Clifton Park bandstand, Rotherham Town Hall and the Old Market Gallery - in a show of unity and to promote an anti-hate, pro-love message.

The artwork will be made from a wide range of textiles, brought together to create what organisers are calling "an explosion of art."

"Knit and Natter" sessions; local charities; Rotherham businesses, community volunteers, LGBT and faith groups are just some of those who have provided their own arty contributions.

The artbomb project has been led by Emma Sharp of Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA), working together with Lifeline Rotherham, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) and a wide range of other organisations in the public, private, voluntary and community sector.

Said Emma: "The response from people locally has been fantastic. There is so much energy out in our communities, and a real enthusiasm for using art in this exciting way to break down barriers, bring everyone together and celebrate that which unites us, rather than intolerance, hate and negativity.

"It's still not too late to get involved, as we hope the artbomb project will extend well beyond the official fortnight, which begins on Monday. We are still looking for materials, donations, volunteer leaders and teachers to pass on their crafty skills and most importantly, the people to get knitting, sewing, drawing, or whatever they do best!"

Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley, will officially launch the artbomb project alongside the artwork on the railings at Rotherham Town Hall. Cllr Pitchley welcomed the opportunity to promote more positivity in the town.

She said: "Day in, day out, in my role as Mayor, I am honoured and privileged to see the wonderful people, places and community spirit that make up this wonderful town of ours.

"I am delighted to have been asked to get involved in the Love is Louder project. It promotes a sense of togetherness and as its title suggests, sends the message loud and clear that Rotherham is a town united against hate and prejudice."

Sharon Gill, Chief Executive of ROAR, said: "It's a real pleasure to help Emma at REMA deliver this project. It is providing the opportunity for the collective creative expression of the people of Rotherham, to demonstrate the value of working together and the difference a small individual contribution can make to the whole."

The Love Is Louder project includes a range of other initiatives and activities over the course of the fortnight (July 18 – 31), including:

  • An art exhibition at the Coterie Gallery, Riverside Precinct, showcasing artwork from the Our Voices hate crime project, also beginning July 18
  • Love is Louder art workshop,  Clifton Park Museum, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Monday July 25
  • Love is Louder pompom and tassel-making workshop, Boston Castle, 11.30am to 1.30pm, Saturday July 23
  • Love is Louder art workshop, Riverside Library, 11.30am to 1.30pm, Wednesday July 20 
  • Planting flowers in the shape of a heart outside Main Street police station, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Thursday July 28