Work in Progress
In 2020 Qube launched a new creative social group for women in Oswestry and North Shropshire thanks to funding support from the Tampon Tax Community Fund, run by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire. The yearlong project called ‘Work in Progress’ offered two free monthly meetups at Qube for women, over the age of 18, who wanted to take some time out, be creative and make new friends, in a safe non-judgmental space for women to get together and be creative.
The sessions are overseen by Gemma Manning who is a well-established jewellery designer/maker and owner of Gemmipop Designs based in Oswestry. She said “I’m really excited to be running this group at Qube because I’ve always enjoyed sharing my love of making things, and I’m so looking forward to meeting new people with creative interests. I hope we can encourage each other’s creativity and learn new things.”
Qube’s Arts Development Officer, Jim Creed, said “we are incredibly excited to be running this project thanks to the Tampon Tax Community Fund. We really want local women to get involved by bringing along whatever they’re currently making and using the sessions as a chance to relax, be creative, and meet new people. It is a great opportunity to take some timeout and be with other likeminded women.”
Leanne Macpherson from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire said “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Work in Progress project had to be temporarily suspended. However, daily drop-in meetups are due to resume in June 2021 alongside a two week exhibition in the main gallery at Qube and online.
Gemma will be on hand in the gallery during these meetups to offer advice, inspiration and encouragement. The sessions are free to attend and open to any women, over the age of 18, who likes to be creative. Bring along anything you’re working on or interested in, such as drawing, knitting, crochet, photography, painting or anything in between, have a cuppa and meet likeminded women!
We want to see your work! An exhibition of works by women will be held in the gallery from 14th to 28th June. Any medium is welcome. If you would like to share your work with others, bring your work in or email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the display. Work can be sent to us anytime before or during the exhibition.
Want to join us at one of our meetups? A full list of dates and times can be found below. No booking is required but numbers will be limited to enable social distancing.
Weekdays Monday 14th to Friday 18th June, 10am to 1pm
Saturday 19th June, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Weekdays Monday 21st to Friday 25th June, 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 26th June, 9:30am to 12:30pm