Chesterfield Cultural Education Partnership Free Family Art Days

The CCEP are working together to bring 3 creative and fun packed family art events to Staveley.

Posted: May 4th, 2018

Chesterfield Cultural Education Partnership invite you to be part of their Family Art Days:

“Free family art days shine a light on Staveley’s rich Industrial Heritage!”

Giant Land Art, Industrial Graffiti, Creative Mine Shaft, Drama, guided walks plus much more…

The events take place over 3 separate sites; Poolsbrook Country Park, Staveley Town Basin and Barrow Hill Roundhouse. While exploring the fascinating history of these sites, we will also be looking at how the sites link together to help tell the story of Staveley and the wider Chesterfield area.

Sunday 5th November 2017 (10am – 4pm) Poolsbrook Country Park
Saturday 11th November 2017 (10am – 4pm) Staveley Town Basin
Saturday 9th December 2017 (11am – 4pm) Barrow Hill Roundhouse

There will be 3 site specific, interactive, pieces of giant Land Art. “We are creating an underground plan of Staveley coal seam, out of coal, a canal barge made from the materials it once transported and the roundhouse turntable with a very special train in station. ‘Gladys’ was one of 24 locomotives made at Staveley forge and amongst those who served the mines across the Staveley seam” explained Natalie, from Community Growth CIC, “but we need help! This is an ambitious piece of art work and we need many hands to make it a reality, please come down and get involved!”

Come and be a part of history!

We will be creating a short film to help tell our local story. Each piece of land art will be filmed by drone and pieced together using footage from the hugely successful, production of ‘Down the Line’. A play written by Kevin Fegan and recently performed in the atmospheric roundhouse. The play tells the captivating story of the local area and its people and our short film will showcase that story in a unique and creative way. By taking part in the art you will also be featuring in the film… so if you’re feeling inspired come dressed as a miner, a railway or canal worker! A prize will be given at each site for best fancy dress.

We have a wonderful variety of artists and community volunteers making sure that you have a rich and fun experience. Take a tour around the Staveley Seam map with a real miner who used to work there and listen to fascinating stories of the collieries. Create your own Industrial Graffiti artwork to take home with you. Experience the dark in our Creative Mine Shaft and make your own Tilley Lamp from recycled materials. Why stop there? There will be landscape history talks and walks, drawing and drama and a chance to get involved in the wonderful Chesterfield Rocks UK phenomenon! And let’s not forget the Chesterfield and Ireland Colliery Band, bringing uplifting nostalgia in a way that only brass can!

Food and Drink available at discounted rates on all 3 days but will be free at Staveley Town Basin on the 11th November.

So come and get full of food, fun and pride!.... oh and for authentic experience, prepare to get dirty!!

For more information please contact

More about us…

The Chesterfield Cultural Education Partnership has been established to promote the areas rich heritage and bring high quality arts and cultural activities and events to Staveley and the wider Chesterfield area.

Community Growth CIC

Swift House, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire


Natalie: 07955671685

Donna: 07861728368

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