Tapton Lock Poster 2019

Another beautiful weekend outdoors at Chesterfield Canal

How lucky are we? The sun shone down on us again for this years’ Tapton Lock Festival making it the busiest festival yet!
Crazy magic shows and magical bubbles, exciting circus skills and puppet shows all helped to make this a weekend to remember.
The arts activities were as much fun as always and included Lucie Maycock’s Wizard Sticks workshop, Heidi Luker’s Artists Studio and Susan White’s beautiful felting.
For the first time we offered children the opportunity to attain their Discover Arts Award and we were very happy with the level of interest. Children explored the Festival taking part in arts activities and meeting the artists, filling in their worksheets as they went. All those who completed the task will be rewarded with a certificate from Trinity College, London, for all their hard work – we are very proud of you all.
The icing on the cake was our performers, Honeybelles Choir, singer Mark Smith, the Herron Brothers and Gareth Icke courtesy of the Constell8 project and the Ashover Brass Band. Last but definitely not least, a massive thank you to the children from Christchruch School who sang a song they’d written themselves with musician Alex Blood.

On behalf of Junction Arts and our partners from the Derbyshire Countryside Service we’d like to thank all our sponsors and funders without whom this Festival simply wouldn’t be possible.

At this year’s Tapton Lock Festival we introduced for the first time the Discover Arts Award. We’re thrilled to announce that 42 children and young people have now been presented with their certificates from Trinity College, London. Amongst those successfully achieving their awards were the year 3 pupils from Christchurch School, who worked with musicians Alex Blood and Gez Addictive to write and perform a song inspired by their visit to the beautiful Chesterfield Canal.

We look forward to introducing Arts Award into some of our other projects in the future.

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.
Discover is the introductory award, followed by Explore, Bronze, Silver and the Level 3 qualification, Gold.
If you would like to know more about how you can get involved visit the Arts Award website https://www.artsaward.org.uk/