Artist & Author in Residence

Each year Inspire commissions an artist and author to create and deliver a programme of visual art and literacy activity with our libraries for children and families, inspired by and linked to the Summer Reading Challenge

Stimulating creativity and imagination, we ask that the artist and author enhance our existing library programmes, influence new directions using their professional expertise and to leave a legacy of collaborative work.

Inspire are delighted to announce that artist Alex Godwin and author Caryl Hart have been selected as Inspire's 2021 Artist and Author in Residence! We're looking forward to this exciting collaboration.

Head over to our Artist and Author in Residence page to meet Alex and Caryl! 


The Summer Reading Challenge

Over the last 5 years, Inspire have delivered a visual art and literacy residency programme connecting with local schools in advance of the Summer Reading Challenge period. Both the commissioned artist and author create writings and artworks with the school children that results in the Summer Reading Challenge Exhibition which is displayed in an Inspire Library Gallery and online throughout the summer.  

We hope that the children are inspired to take up the challenge, in turn encouraging more people to take part.

You can find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries here.


The Charity Knitting Challenge

Each year we support a different knitting and crafting charity and 'call out' to groups and individuals that want to be involved and take part. The annual theme is announced in the Spring and the resulting work is collected and displayed throughout the summer. 

To find out more and to take part in this years Charity Knitting Challenge click here.