Children and adults from across Swindon came along to decorate a butterfly at Central Library in a week-long project in mid-March.
The Artswords-funded project saw artists Gordon and Toni Dickinson of No Added Sugar and poet Hilda Sheehan on hand at three sessions to help people leave their creative mark in the library.
Hilda Sheehan said: “It’s been a great multi-cultural and inter-generational project with an incredible range of people keen to paint a butterfly. Some are simple designs and others are so intricate. We’ve seen so much talent and participation from under 5s to seniors, and several groups like MIND taking part.
“It makes you realise how important libraries are to communities.”
Gordon Dickinson, of organisers No Added Sugar, said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are and where you’re from, butterflies make you feel good. Everybody smiles when they see them and they stop and look closely at the design and the lines of poetry on them.”
The colourful kaleidoscope was unveiled on 17 March at the launch of the Swindon Festival of Literature and can be seen on the ground floor.
Artswords offers opportunities to writers by supporting writing groups, offering one-to-one support for emerging writers and organising various writing competitions. The programme also works with other art-forms and supports arts projects in Swindon. Find out more
Top, Gordon and Toni Dickinson and Hilda Sheehan with butterfly makers in one of the workshops held in Central Library. Below, Gordon Dickinson installing the butterflies. All images: Richard Wintle of Calyx