People Make Amber Valley

Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts collaborated with Make/Shift to create a giant community art installation, which was revealed to public on Saturday 6th April as part of The Making of Amber Valley event on Ripley Market Place.

Leading the creative team for Furthest from the Sea was Ambergate-based artist Lise Bennett, who had set herself the challenge of fashioning a 2m2 representation of Amber Valley’s geography and landscape out of chicken wire. This centre-piece was populated by individual figurines, crafted by the community from some of the materials which draw on the borough’s rich industrial heritage. Wire, clay, wood and fabric will be used in a series of workshops, and the ‘people’ created by school children, care-home residents and the general public were added to the piece, titled ‘People Make Amber Valley’.

Lise explained, “There’s so much to celebrate about this wonderful corner of Derbyshire, but most important of all are the people who live and work in our towns and villages. It’s great to be part of something which brings together so many different individuals. Together we can reflect the joy of diversity, and the beauty of community.”

Photo credits: Pictoria & Lise Bennett

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