PLEASE NOTE: PLACE FARM BARN WILL BE CLOSED W/C 16TH MAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKS. THE EXHIBITION WILL RESUME FROM THURSDAY 26TH MAY.

We are delighted to share The GladRags Project Banner with you at a free exhibition. 

THE STORY

Artist Diana Burch came up with the idea for the GladRags Project. It was a simple one: during lockdown communities were asked to create 15cm square textiles inspired by whatever was helping them to stay glad during the pandemic, using only scraps of fabric they already had at home. The banner is made up of a staggering 88 squares- all made by members of our community. Anyone and everyone was encouraged to take part no matter their age or ability. The final product is not only a beautiful artwork, but a piece of social history.

Read more about the GladRags Project in our blog.

OUR COMMUNITY

As well as members of our local community and WHP volunteers squares have come to us from across the country and from brilliant organisations like Surrey Choices. We have been absolutely blown away by the response this project had engendered. 

Thank you to West Horsley Parish Council for a grant to fund 'the big sew': a weekly volunteer-led session to sew together the finished banner. 

SHARE YOUR JOURNEY

This exhibition is about sharing our community's journey and resilience through C19. The pandemic has impacted everybody's mental health. One of our partner Mind's suggested ways of taking care of your wellbeing in the aftermath of C19 is to 'Find ways to connect with others and share experiences.' 

We hope that when you visit you will feel inspired to share your own experiences through lockdown, and connect with each other by coming together at Place Farm Barn to do that. The Banner will provide us an opportunity to reflect as a community on the most extraordinary and challenging two years. 

You can share your response to the banner or your lockdown story in a special visitors' book, or maybe create an audio file on your phone that you will share with us. You can also use the hashtag #westhorsleyplace to share your thoughts and feelings with us. 

WHERE

Place Farm Barn

WHEN

Wed - Friday each week 10am-4pm, plus our Open Days

7th April - 10th June 2022

This exhibition is free and open to all. 

The GladRags Banner exhibition has been made possible by a grant from Community Foundation for Surrey.