Legacy of Lace - Midnight at The Museum


Painted during my arts residency inspired by the old lace pattern books in the Erewash Museum lace collections. Each book was a journey of joyous discovery & each pattern had a beauty of its own. In this painting I enjoyed playing with the light aiming to create an ethereal quality. Acrylic paints & gold leaf on canvas 80x60cm 4.5cm deep.

Mirror plated for hanging.

My Legacy of Lace arts project aimed to celebrate the heritage of Nottingham lace within the towns & villages in Erewash, Derbyshire exploring the area’s shared history through art and creativity within the community. While Nottingham lace is well-known around the world, many people aren’t aware of the part Erewash played – and continues to play – in the industry. Lace has helped to shape everything from the Erewash architectural landscape to the lives of its residents. Thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Foundation Derbyshire & Erewash Borough Council the community were encouraged to get involved in creative events, sharing their stories with five resident artists who started working from Erewash Museum’s lace collections in May 2021; Louise West, Kerri Pratt, Kim Fowler,  Hannah Millard & lead artist Victoria Brown who aimed to bring the Legacy of Lace to life through their work at The Erewash Museum & Long Eaton Art Room. From painting expanded lace patterns to bobbin lace design, photography, illustration and abstract architectural paintings they created new work inspired by the lace roots of this region. The  summer exhibition in the Lally Gallery at Erewash  museum commenced with at tea party in the museum gardens.