Residents of the village of Stapleford came together on Saturday 18th July for the official unveiling of a carved wooden seat created as part of a project in the village led by artsNK.
Leader of North Kesteven Council, Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, Stephen Phillips MP, County Cllr Ray Phillips , Parish Councillors Jennie Milan and Barbara Cobb and artist Peter Tree were amongst those present for the official unveiling of the Stapleford ‘Family Tree’ seat.
The Stapleford Family Tree project arose following a walk around the tiny village of Stapleford with village residents and the artsNK in 2013. Thinking about a new public arts commission in the village, residents decided they would like to have a seat; Memories of grandparents creating wood carvings for the village church, followed by the felling of a 30 year old oak, planted by the son of a local farmer from an acorn found in the village where his mother originated, became the start of a wonderful new project!
artsNK’s Visual Arts Manager Nick Jones commented:
“The Stapleford Family tree project is the perfect example of the artsNK approach. We have commissioned, with the village, local artist Peter Tree to create a unique, beautifully crafted seat. But the project has also touched every household, with many residents taking part in workshops that used the rest of the tree for wood block printing, paper making, wood turning and carving. For a few, they have learnt new skills that they will carry on using and building on for the rest of their lives.”