Monday 17 May – Monday 24 May in Gallery 1
Wednesday 26 May – Sunday 12 June in Gallery 2

After two lockdowns and an extended building closure due to tier restrictions at the end of last year, we have finally been able to fill our gallery with all the colourful, beautiful, handmade rainbows created throughout our Build a Rainbow Project.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, images of rainbows began to appear across the country in windows to convey messages of hope and allow people to express their gratitude to those helping us through the pandemic.

Here at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, we wanted to continue to connect people in this positive way, so last Autumn we launched our ‘Build A Rainbow’ project, designed to spread some colour, hope and joy by encouraging members of the community to make their own little rainbows that would help us build a room of rainbows to mark the end of the project.

We created a series of free craft kits in a range of designs and for all abilities, that contained all the materials and instructions needed to make a rainbow. As the project was designed to continue during lockdown, we were able to distribute kits throughout the local area in a COVID safe way to children’s groups, residential and care homes and individual households.

We also reached out to local artists and makers, inviting them to make their own rainbow in any material of their choice, which can be found amongst the community crafted rainbows.

It was important to us that this project allowed for moments of reflection too, so we encouraged participants to dedicate their rainbow to someone special, someone who they missed during lockdown or to remember a loved one that may have been lost over the last year.

If you are unable to visit the exhibition, we will be documenting the show through film and photography which will be available via our website and on request.



Special thanks

Build a Rainbow was made possible thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

We also extend special thanks to Anita Small & Liz Whittaker and Cheryl Barker for designing 2 of our rainbow craft kits, Chevonne Lane for her help creating the ‘how to make’ films for our website and YouTube channel, photographer Alex Hare for his videography work, the Whitstable Yarn Bombers for their rainbow themed building decorations and Zoe Cloke for her design skills, as well as the following people and organisations who have all helped make this project possible:

Age UK Herne Bay and Whitstable, SNAAP, Reverend Rachel Webbley and Jane Myhill from the St Andrews StArs group, Miramar Care home, IMAGO supporting Kent Young Carers, Lauren Holmes and all at IO Arts CIC, Artrack for adults living with autism, Herne Bay Belles WI, Whitstable Over 60’s club at the Waterloo Centre and all the members of the community who have made one of these beautiful rainbows or who took part in the project.



Felt kit

Pom pom kit

Card kit