Champagne Reception

Looking forward to this .........On the evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017, The International Churchill Society (UK) will hold a champagne reception at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Hotel. The guest speaker will be Alan Watson; broadcaster, author, former President of the Liberal Party and peer. The evening represents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow Churchillians and to meet friends both old and new.

Winston Churchill Size 46 by Joy Pitts Savile Row & St James 

Winston Churchill Size 46 by Joy Pitts
Savile Row & St James 

An archive of the High Street.

Artist-in-Residence at Erewash Museum 11th September – 31st October 2015. This residency provided an opportunity for me to present a body of work to the specific community that generated the material to produce it. The response was overwhelming and over the seven-week period I received over 600 visitors.

For 15 years I have gathered used labels from local charity shops, unpicking labels from the neck of rag garments. The 30,000 used labels in this collection have all been gathered from the High Street; therefore local residents were once walking around in these garments. This 15-year project proved an excellent way to engage a local audience, both in terms of presenting my work and in supporting their local Museum.

The work allowed visitors to reflect on historic local garment manufacturers such as CHARNOS and DAKS, also shops that no longer occupy the High Street including Burton, Woolworths and Adams. Context lies within the detail of the work. Not only in the design of superseded labels in which we can observe the passage of time, but also in the unexpected detail which tells a story.

The award winning ‘Dairy Cow’ made up of 5,000 used garment labels, was on display in the window at Sue Ryder to accompany the exhibition. At age eight Sue Ryder was given two Jersey cows and subsequently began her own dairy herd, which grew to twenty-four. Young entrepreneur Sue sold the milk and butter from the door and scrubbing her dairy was her favourite job.

What would Sue Ryder think of this Dairy Cow assembled from 5000 used garment labels, all generated through charity donation on the High Street? ‘Dairy Cow’ has been described as ‘an extravagant rescue of fashionable waste’ and in the current global milk crisis offers the viewer a strong sense of community.

Joy Pitts.

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EXHIBITION at EREWASH MUSEUM

The Exhibition of 20,000 Used Labels at Erewash Museum continues until Saturday 31st October, last entry is 3:30pm. The Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, DE7 5JA. Tel: 0115 9071141.

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20,000 Used Labels at The Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum

For 15 years Joy Pitts has gathered used labels from local charity shops, unpicking labels from the neck of rag garments. The 20,000 used labels in this exhibition have all been gathered from Ilkeston; therefore local residents were once walking around in these garments. It took five years to gather sufficient red labels to produce the smaller Ayrshire Cow. Joy’s award winning ‘Dairy Cow’ work, which is made up of 5,000 used garment labels, is on display in the window at Ilkeston’s Sue Ryder shop on Bath Street for two weeks to accompany the exhibition. A highlight of the exhibition is a 1.3 metre Homing Pigeon assembled from 466 World War One names taken for the Cenotaph in Ilkeston Market Place. The image is a tribute to the men and inspired by the thousands of homer pigeons that lost their lives during the First World War when they were used to transfer important and life-saving messages.

Recent work includes a Commission for fashion designer Paul Smith and selection for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Joy’s latest project is a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her 63-year reign.

The exhibition ‘20,000 Used Labels’ continues at The Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, DE7 5JA from 11th Sept – 30th Oct 2015. The Museum is FREE to enter and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am until 4pm and is situated just off the Market Place.

BBC NEWS - READ IT HERE & ALSO HERE

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MILITARY BOOTS ARMED FORCES COMMISSION

MILITARY BOOTS will be exhibited at The Lally Gallery in Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA. Exhibition runs from 11 September until 30 October 2015.

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 4pm.

LINK TO EREWASH MUSEUM & CENTRE FOR HIDDEN HISTORIES

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'30,000 Used Labels' is touring to Erewash Museum

I am delighted to announce that '30,000 Used Labels' is touring to the Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA. Exhibition runs from 11 September until 30 October 2015.

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 4pm.

T: 0115 9071141 www.erewashmuseum.co.uk

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