Thursday 1st October saw us all wave a sad goodbye as the first of our Market Town commissions reached its conclusion. Artist Ania Bas got the project off to a flying start with Show Me How - a series of free practical making sessions complemented by discussion evenings on sharing, co-operation and alternative ways of working. The session saw local makers invited to share their skills and knowledge with the people of Loughborough (and make a little extra income at the same time!) and covered a broad range of topics including crochet, pottery, woodwork, and silversmithing. The participants went home not only with an item they had made themselves, and also a new skill to develop and enjoy!
In addition to the making sessions, Show Me How brought together members of several national co-operatives for two evenings of discussion and learning. The first, 'Why Run a Co-op?', featured talks by Footprint Workers' Co-op, The Bristol Cable, and The Star and Shadow Cinema and looked at the aims, visions, and motivations behind these ventures. The second, 'How to Run a Co-op?', expanded on the first event by looking in greater details at the practical aspects of running a co-operative or social enterprise, with further input from Footprint Workers' Co-op and newly joined by CASE. This fascinating and inspiring evening was a joy to attend, and proved a fitting end to Show Me How.
Although we are sad to see Ania's wonderful commission come to a close, we cannot thank her enough for all her hard work and boundless enthusiasm throughout. As anyone who attended one of the events will know, her passion is infectious! It became evident that the Show Me How events were not only sparking discussion around the subjects of co-working, co-operation, and skills sharing, but also bringing together people and organisations who were looking to explore alternative ways of working in Loughborough and surrounding area. We are therefore confident that the positive influence of the project will continue to be felt for some time yet!
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