Imaginative Spaces launch for World Book Day 2014

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:20

Leicester City Council's library service, Leicester Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children are launching the Imaginative Spaces project on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, in both The Brite Centre and Southfields Library. Councillor Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor – Neighbourhood Services, will officially launch the project and pupils from four Leicester schools have been invited to take part in a series of special workshops, in order to celebrate the launch of this exciting initiative.

The Imaginative Spaces project will see 'artists in residence' at Southfields Library and Braunstone Library at The Brite Centre for 2014. The two artists in residence will be Jayne Williams (The Brite Centre) and Andy Reeves (Southfields Library). Jayne and Andy will work with library staff, schools, families and community groups to re-imagine the library as cultural hubs at the heart of the community. This will enable local children and families to take part in the many creative activities and performance opportunities that can be realised alongside reading.

Jayne is currently Creative Director at Unanima Theatre, a theatre company which works with adults with learning difficulties. She has worked extensively as an artist here in the East Midlands, including roles at Tangere Arts and Speakeasy Theatre Company. Andy Reeves is well-known in Leicester for his role as Artistic Director with Speakeasy Theatre Company. A distinguished writer, he has extensive experience of working with youngsters, including a six-year residency at Eyres Monsell Primary School.

Jayne Williams said: 'I am delighted with this unique opportunity. I am excited about the wonderful possibilities that a yearlong artistic residency will provide. This is a rare treat to be based in a Library; a place jam packed with words, characters and stories that inspire us to read, write and create.'

Andy Reeves said: 'I'm very excited to be working with the Spark and of course Southfields Library, scene of so many great adventures when I was working with Saffron 'Act Up' youth theatre. Our libraries are interesting and dynamic places these days and I look forward to contributing to that at Southfields.'

Tags: Leicester Libraries, 2014 Programme