Armchair Gallery project wins Nottinghamshire Heritage Award

Date published: 3 Jul 2018

Posted by: Joe Pick

Tim Chesney and Kate Duncan with a Nottinghamshire Heritage Award

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City Arts’ work with the National Trust has won a Nottinghamshire Heritage award for ‘New Audiences’.

We are working with the team at Mr Straw’s House as part of our Armchair Gallery project. People with dementia in the Newark Making Memories Group have been using our prototype Armchair Gallery app. It allows them to explore and interact with grocer William Straw’s 1920s home. Artist Elaine Winter has been running workshops for the group. They used the app’s video tours and activities as inspiration for their own artworks.

These sessions are guiding the development of the Armchair Gallery app. As well as Mr Straw’s House, it features artefacts and artworks from venues including Chatsworth House and The Lowry. We plan to release the app to the public in October 2018. It will be available for iOS and Android.

Kate Duncan from City Arts said:

“We are delighted to be working with the National Trust. Our app includes video tours and activities related to Mr Straw’s House. It’s a wonderful place; a historical gem hidden in Worksop.

The app brings great art and culture to people who can’t make trips out. It is a brilliant resource – prompting memories and creating conversation. We are thrilled to receive the award from Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum.”

On 18th June, we showcased the app in the gorgeous surroundings of Clumber Park. Artwork and poetry created by members of the Making Memories Group was shown alongside it.

Heritage display at Clumber Park

Artwork and artefacts from Mr Straw’s House on display at Clumber Park

We held special Armchair Gallery workshops for the visiting participants. Group member Chris Connell created this fantastic video record of the day:

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018 took place on Thursday 14 June. They were a chance to celebrate excellence across the county’s heritage sites.