Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Stories in the Shadows

A new and exciting community project is beginning to take shape. After a chance meeting at an event, I was approached to put together a proposal for an intergenerational community arts project for the Sale West estate in South Manchester. A few months down the line and Stories in the Shadows is here! Working with members of the community we are aiming to create an animated film celebrating 40 years of the estate, telling the stories and remembrances of the residents.

St Margaret's RC Primary made a fantastic start last week when I spent a whole day with the children working together to create shadow puppets to perform the stories revealed by their parents and grandparents through interviews. Next up will be two Community Fun Days at the Sale West Community Centre on the 3rd and 10th of August where visitors will be able to record their memories and have a go at creating a shadow animation. Take a look at our twitter and facebook pages for more information and to tell us your stories!

Farewell Haworth....

It has been a busy couple of weeks so this is a belated post about the final weekend of the ReVisit series of workshops at the Haworth Art Gallery. On a sultry and sunny Sunday in Accrington we took the making outside for a celebratory picnic. We dressed up the beautiful greenery in the garden with some of the things we had made during the sessions including, butterflies, garlands and kaleidoscopes which caught the light and sparkled. I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the families that came along to the sessions and are now looking at plastic bottles in a new creative way!