Thanksgiving & Illuminate 2021 art exhibition

by | 3 October 2021 | Art, Community Event, Retford

Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th November, Babworth Art Exhibition is planned to be back in Babworth Church this year – save the date today! It will also be available online from 15th November to 31st December.
The organisers are inviting artists, historians and musicians to produce artworks, and give talks and recitals at the event – whatever would be fitting and suitable to be exhibited or performed in Babworth Church to communicate the theme of Thanksgiving, however that is interpreted. Previously created Mayflower-themed artworks will also be welcomed and, as before, there is no selection process, and all are invited to participate.
The Babworth Art Exhibition has been a collaboration between Bassetlaw Christian Heritage, All Saints’ Church Babworth, and Bassetlaw District Council for over five years commemorating the story of the Separatists and Mayflower Pilgrims. In 2020, COVID-19 set them significant challenges, however, technology came to the rescue and they went online – this year they are again asking artists to record and curate their work online.
A full brief for artists and performers will be available until 30th October 2021 from
On 25th November, the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving meal will be commemorated. This was a meal which was shared between the newly arrived settlers to North America – the Mayflower Pilgrims – and the local population (the Mashpee Wampanoag) who had formed an alliance with them. However, Thanksgiving has been marked, since 1970, among many Native Americans as a National Day of Mourning.