The long-awaited Living Legends: Hidden Histories exhibition opens on Wednesday 2nd May at the Rooftop Arts Centre in Corby.
Funded by money raised from National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund and developed in partnership with Corby Visitor Forum (Love Corby), the project is a wonderful celebration of the lives of ten local people, chosen from a public appeal for nominations. The exhibition also reflects the changing population of Corby; a place now characterised by reinvention and renewal.
The project has attracted support from local businesses including AES Europe, Quantum Print, Rockingham Forest Best Western Hotel, Rockingham Motor Speedway, S.C. Agency, Spring Property Management and Willow Place, some of whom also put forward staff to become involved in the selection of artists and legends.
The exhibition will display the stories behind the Living Legends, as documented by writer Becci Sharrock and photographer Laura Dicken. Both artists have worked on similar community projects before and have spent time getting to know each person to uncover the unique qualities and experiences that bring their story to life.
Writer Becci Sharrock reflected, “I heard stories which were funny, sad and even unexpected. Every person has been inspirational in their attitude, approach and determination.” Photographer Laura Dicken observed, “It would be amazing if the Living Legends project inspired more people to become involved in their communities and spark a new generation of living legends.”
Made in Corby Programme Director, Helen Willmott commented, “Their stories made us smile, laugh, cry and fostered an immense pride in the incredible people of Corby. The selection panel had a difficult time to select ten Legends from all those nominated.”
To discover the stories and poems written about the legends, as well as more photos relating to their lives you can visit the exhibition at the Rooftop Arts Centre. There is also a community exhibition by Corby people who took part in photography workshops to capture their own ‘legend’ and a display of all the people nominated to feature in the project. The book that accompanies the exhibition will also be available for purchase for £5.
For more information about the exhibition opening times and access visit:
Check out the photos from the launch here:
For more information about the Family Day activities on Saturday 12th May visit:
The Local History Talk by Peter Hill on 8th May is now fully booked – however if you wish to book on to the waiting list visit: