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Lancashire is 'Up for Arts'

John Freeman
Lancashire's stitchers, knitters and crochet enthusiasts are being challenged to create a unique textile artwork as a patchwork representation of the county.

The artwork is the latest in a series of activities that form Up for Arts, a year-long project between Lancashire County Council, Voluntary Arts England, and BBC Radio Lancashire.

The finished squares will be stitched together by Thornton Craft and Chat group and will be displayed in the autumn at libraries and community venues across Lancashire.

The Up for Arts project will focus on different art forms over the next year and include activities such as dancing, knitting, sewing and singing.

The project aims to deliver a high profile programme of comm! unity events across the county. It will bring together the professional and amateur arts sector through a series of fun workshops that everyone can join in with.

This month Lancaster-based professional dance organisation Ludus Dance has held dance taster workshops throughout the county on their mission to inspire, motivate and engage people through dance.

The dance sessions are open to anyone over the age of 16 who wishes to take part – and it's a great form of exercise!

• If you would like to get involved with the People's Patchwork, contact BBC Radio Lancashire's helpdesk on 0345 305 9000. People can also find out what Up for Arts activities are happening each month by visiting

For help and advice on funding available to arts and crafts groups, please contact Lancashire County Council's arts development team on 017! 72 533040.