A unique new film showcasing the creative talent of Erewash residents and schools during lockdown has been launched.

The film, called Time in our Hands (opens in a new window) has been made by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team and multi-media artist Graham Elstone. It captures the imaginative works of art created and designed by local budding artists during the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. Originally planned as a physical exhibition at the museum, the idea for filming the project came about after the museum had to temporarily close its doors to the public due to Covid-19.

Examples of painting, literary work, drawings, sculpture, photography, film and performance are all included with the diverse art forms helping to find solace in a challenging world.

The film also explores and explains how creativity has enabled young people to remember and understand other significant historical periods and the challenges that were faced back then. School workshops were held in October 2020 allowing Graham and writer Chrissie Hall to work with pupils to explore their thoughts on the past year and how it has affected them and those around them. The work they created is featured in the film.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, says:

“This film, which I am proud to introduce, really shows the true spirit of Erewash and just how imaginative people have been during the lockdowns. We certainly have a very talented borough and the creativity and resilience of how we have all coped really shines through. I hope you take the time to watch and enjoy the film and reflect on what has been one of the most challenging periods of our lifetime and that we can now, hopefully, look forward to brighter, and safer, times ahead.”