Where did Junction Arts begin?

Junction Arts emerged from a small organisation called South Normanton Community Arts in the 1970s.

Originally based in the old New Street School they worked predominantly in Pinxton and South Normanton, mining communities on either side of Junction 28 of the M1.
Their early work consisted of providing arts activities for summer play schemes, for children from the local area, and producing carnivals and festivals.


Becoming a charity...

In 1984 Junction 28 became a registered charity based in the New Street Centre, South Normanton.

At this time they acquired the Picture Palace, also in South Normanton, enabling them to stage more performing arts based projects including original work, touring plays and pantomimes.

The popular Palace Arts Club provided children and young people with the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of creative workshops.

Boy painting on sheet at Junction Arts workshop


Growing across the district...

During the 1990s Junction 28 broadened its geographical remit after being awarded a grant from the district council.

It was at this time that the organisation moved to the Markland Campus in Creswell and changed its name to Junction Arts.

Throughout the 90s they delivered activities across the whole of Bolsover district and during the later years of the decade had been invited to lead on some significant Public Art commissions.


The boom of festivals and public art...

In the first decade of the new millennium, Junction Arts continued to flourish and take on new challenges, not least another move.

At the end of 2004 they had moved again, to the old Grammar School on Langwith Road, Shirebrook.

The Bolsover Lantern Parade became established as an important local event and Public Art became a key theme within the programme, resulting in a number of major artworks across the district. Creative education and learning projects were also an important part of the delivery.


40 years of Junction Arts...

The 2010s was a decade of firsts for Junction Arts, establishing events and festivals that have stood the test of time.

Two of our much-loved events were launched in this decade, the Tapton Lock Festival and Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference!

In 2015 Junction Arts was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for a very special project, to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. JA40 saw several significant outcomes including the first archive of a community arts organisation, a commemorative film, anniversary events and a Junction Arts song!

As an organisation, we continued to grow and in 2018 we were delighted to support PROCESSIONS, a high-profile national project marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, giving the first British women the right to vote.

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