Sunday 4th and Monday 5th July
The Moors Playing Fields, The Moors, Thatcham, RG19 3AZ
Visions of Recovery was conceived as an event in the first period of lockdown in the summer of 2020. Inspired by the cardboard images initiated by Karen De Monte who created a Facebook event called ‘Joining Together’ as a growing number of cardboard pieces and images of heroes of ‘Lockdown’ were adorned initially on railings outside Lower Way and then on railings throughout Thatcham.
Fast Forward to 2021 and Thatcham Town Council are now working with local residents and over 10 Community organisations to create ‘Visions of Recovery’, a giant 3m high installation made up of individual pieces of artwork which will be Thatcham’s tribute to the National NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day (July 5th) which Thatcham will commemorate on Sunday 4th July as well as Monday 5th July with the installation staying in-situ until 11thJuly.
Thatcham Town Council, with financial support from Greenham Trust commissioned leading UK Outdoor Arts Company, Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) with a reputation for creating outdoor events of scale, to work with them and engage Thatcham’s community in their visual reflections of coming out of lockdown.
EEA Artist Director Manuela Benini says there are plenty of opportunities for the public to get involved:
“On the morning of 4th July, the installation will come together made from the community’s cardboard artwork pieces and from midday till 6pm visitors can bring their own pieces made from cardboard (see Town Council Facebook page for the Tool Kit) or there will be a workshop tent where people can get involved on the day.”
Part of the celebrations will also include dance displays and opportunities for people to join in on the hour every hour from 1pm when dance instructor Sonia Brown will co-ordinate sessions led by a number of Thatcham based dance companies. In addition, there will also be a small Fun Fair operated by James Danter so visitors can have a wonderful day out.
Mayor of Thatcham Councillor John Boyd says:
“Visions of Recovery is the latest in our lockdown recovery events which have caught the imagination of Thatcham’s communities and I am delighted once again that so many organisations and schools have committed to this project which both honours Care and Key workers, but also presents an opportunity for our residents to provide a visual response to the lockdown. On Monday 5th July, National NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day, a whole series of National initiatives are taking place from 10.00am with a special flag and banner raising which will take place bearing the NHS event logo at the start of the day and we hope that local schools and community organisations will join us on this special day.”
The list of organisations who have confirmed their participation in making pieces for Visions of Recovery are as followed.
- – Thatcham U3A
- – Central Family Hub
- – Spurcroft School
- – Thatcham Park School
- – Kennet School
- – Trinity School
- – Hackspace
- – PALS
- – St Johns Ambulance Cadets
- – Taceham Scouts
- – Women’s Institute
- – Nature Discovery Centre
- – Thatcham Baptist Church
- – Thatcham Youth and RMD Adventure Learning