5th December 2020 - 28th February 2021
Window Wanderland Penrith & Eden is part of the national Window Wanderland event, started in 2015. Window Wanderland works within communities to inspire people to decorate windows in their own homes, that can be seen during the day or at night, or both. Residents transform their windows into magical scenes, that can be viewed and admired by everyone in their neighbourhood, using nothing more than paper, glue, anything recyclable and imagination!
The Penrith & Eden Wanderland, led by Eden valley Artistic Network (EVAN), started in December and runs until the end of February. Beautiful windows can be seen around Penrith with the three windows at the EVAN gallery in Corney Place easily viewed on foot or from a vehicle. The project is growing with Appleby residents and organisations, as well as local schools, creating fabulous windows this month.
It is suitable for everyone and a good way to keep occupied under lockdown. The organisers hope that people in Penrith and the Eden Valley will get involved with this Covid-safe event. Making a window is a fun activity that gets people thinking creatively, first about a subject to portray, and then working up the design to fit the window(s). There is information about how to create a window on the EVAN website at: https://evanevents.co.uk/window-wanderland/ and also in the packs of materials which are available from Penrith Library. The packs contain black sugar paper, coloured tissue paper, and other materials to get you started. Call the library in advance before collecting a pack on 01768 812100, and, while you’re there, take a look at the lovely book-themed windows the staff have created. Packs for Appleby are available from Karen Babayan, who can be contacted via the Appleby WindowWanderland Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ApplebysWindowWanderland
Window Wanderland is also a chance for people to explore their local area on foot (perfect for the lockdown constitutional) and creates an outdoor street gallery. It is a new way to view your neighbourhood and gives a feeling of community connection, which is all the more important in these isolated times. Gwen Bainbridge, EVAN’s lead artist on the project, said: “Come on, January and February don’t have to be glum, and you can still feel close to your community. Keep those windows comin’.”
EVAN have also expanded the idea to include music as well as visual art in the windows. Posters are being displayed around Penrith with QR codes, each of which, when scanned, links to a track by the local band/musician on the poster. Information and photos shared by people who have created a window are available on the Window Wanderland Penrith & Eden Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winterwanderlandpenrith
Materials for the packs were kindly donated by James Cropper and Westmorland Packaging, with bags donated by Morrisons, Booths, Gwen Bainbridge Ceramics and Interlude Ceramics. Stationery4Less and Penrith Posters also provided support for the making of packs. The project is currently funded by Penrith Town Council, Eden District Council (through Eden Valley Artistic Network) and Penrith Chamber of Trade.
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