Participate in Derbyshire village's wire-sculpting workshop and contribute to community art piece

A wire sculpting workshop will be held in a Derbyshire church to create a community art piece.

Monday, 13th June 2022, 3:37 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2022, 3:41 pm
Wire sculpting workshop at St Anne's Church, Ambergate on June 18 and 19, 2022.
Wire sculpting workshop at St Anne's Church, Ambergate on June 18 and 19, 2022.

The free drop-in event will be held at St Anne's Church, Ambergate, on June 18 and 19, 2022, from 10am to 4pm.

Artists Heidi Luker and Lise Bennett have been funded by the National Lottery and Arts Council England to work collaboratively on the research and development project, Ambergate Wireworks – The Part They Played.

A co-production with Derby’s Museum of Making, the project will explore how the Ambergate Wireworks (Johnson & Nephew Ltd), changed the course of communication technology, engineering, warfare and farming throughout the world through an immersive installation.

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Attractions to suit all ages in Holmlea garden, Ambergate, which will be open to the public over the weekend of June 18 and 19. 2022.

During the weekend’s workshop participants will learn about the wireworks and hear from ex-employees or their families about their memories of working there.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be attending the event to talk about their Derwent Connections Woodland Creation Project.

Refreshments will be available.

Over the same weekend, the owners of Holmlea, on Derby Road, Ambergate, will be opening their garden to the public to raise money for charities supported by the National Garden Scheme.

The garden includes a riverside walk, herbaceous borders, a gravel garden and a vegetable plot.

Children are very welcome as there is lots for younger guests to see and do.

Holmlea’s garden will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is £4 for adults, free for children.

Visitors can pay on the gate, or book in advance online at All proceeds from admissions, refreshments and plant sales go to the nursing and health charities supported by the scheme.

Bill and Tracy Reid, who own Holmlea, said: ‘We’re delighted to working with the team at ‘Ambergate Wireworks – the Part they Played’. It has been fascinating to learn more about the history of the wireworks as we are relative newcomers to Ambergate, and as you may be able to tell from some of our garden features we have an interest in our industrial heritage. We really hope that the two events will attract visitors to our corner of Derbyshire, and of course help us raise even more money for the National Garden Scheme."