Fylde Coast Scrub Hub

Gillian Wood

In February 2020, artist in residence Gillian Wood, moved to Fleetwood for her year stay with us – just one month before lockdown. She found her usual ways to get to know her neighbours and the area seriously curtailed when she couldn’t go out and meet people. Gillian’s practise includes both film and film based textiles. Through her costumier network she heard of colleagues setting up scrub hubs to make essential items for the frontline workers and after realising there wasn’t one operating in Wyre she decided to set up her own.

She found her usual ways to get to know her neighbours and the area seriously curtailed when she couldn’t go out and meet people. Gillian’s practise includes both film and film based textiles. Through her costumier network she heard of colleagues setting up scrub hubs to make essential items for the frontline workers and after realising there wasn’t one operating in Wyre she decided to set up her own.

As well as giving Gillian a way of talking to people and putting her skills to good use the scrub hub gave those involved a purpose and activity to get lost in when many things seemed out of their control. As well as the opportunity to do something useful it had the knock on effect of reminding people of the joy of making something with their hands.  

Gillian made a film all about the Scrub Hub, you can watch the full version here.

Alongside Gillian we also commissioned artist Tina Dempsey to work with those involved in all aspects of the scrub hub from sewers to medical front line workers. Tina wanted to create a work that would share some of the stories, ideas and wisdom from those involved across the spectrum and who will probably never meet in person. Her book Handle With Care was created in a limited edition to share between this group of people.