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Elm Hill cooperative marks 15 years of nurturing art in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:45 10 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:07 10 August 2013

The current Jade Tree co-operative members(l to r) Jacqui Fenn, Zoe Green, Tamarac Rampley, Lisa Stirling, Rachael Bone and Jean Cummings who are celebrating 15 years of the Elm Hill business.
Photo by Simon Finlay

The current Jade Tree co-operative members(l to r) Jacqui Fenn, Zoe Green, Tamarac Rampley, Lisa Stirling, Rachael Bone and Jean Cummings who are celebrating 15 years of the Elm Hill business. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

A cooperative which has given a helping hand to hundreds of Norwich artists marked its anniversary in its own style – by asking customers to get creative.

The Jade Tree in Elm Hill welcomed visitors to enjoy live music and try arts and crafts including gilding, basket-weaving and painting as part of its 15th birthday celebrations today.

The cooperative is run by six artists – Tamara Rampley, Rachael Bone, Lisa Stirling, Jean Cummings, Zoe Green and Jacqui Fenn – who share resources, ideas and inspiration, and offer a showcase for more than 50 aspiring artists to sell their work at any one time.

Since its foundation in 1998, the cooperative has had many partners but kept its ethos of locally-sourced, ethical and environmentally-friendly traditional arts and crafts – the principle of “beautiful things in a beautiful place”, said founder partner Ms Rampley.

See Monday’s Norwich Evening News for more on this story.

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