Mossley park Art Project – school creative sessions

Creative Engagament - blog

For The Mossley Park Art Project I’ve been asked to create a piece of permanent public art for Mossley Park in collaboration with local school children. The artwork’s sculptural elements will be created from natural materials with detail and decorative elements created from work produced by the young participants during the creative sessions.

The start point for the artwork is ‘the tree as habitat’ and aims to reflect the importance of the trees in Mossley Park as part of a habitat shared by a multitude of flora and fauna.

For the creative sessions I spent three days working with years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Micklehurst All Saints Primary School.

We spent the morning exploring the wooded area of Mossley Park and sketching forms, shapes and patterns to inspire the sculptural elements of the artwork and undertook a ‘bughunt’ and habitat investigation with Lesley Bardsley from TMBC. Thank you to the Friends of Mossley Park for the loan of a key to access the wooded area of the park!

The afternoon was spent back at school creating block prints inspired by our investigations and visit to Mossley Park, these prints will be translated into decorative and informational elements of the final artwork. A big thank you to the all the staff from Micklehurst All Saints School for letting me take over their classrooms each day and getting involved and helping make the sessions a big success.

We all had a great time and were lucky it only rained on one day!



abirdabode at Oldham Flower festival

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The second abirdabode drop-in workshop took place in Oldham Town Centre in the rain, but despite the damp conditions over seventy bird silhouettes adorned the big ArtBirdBox by the end of the day – including one by Jacqui’s favourite gardening celebrity Joe Swift.


Sun, fun and bike mechanics – Manchester Day Parade 2014

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This year I took part in Manchester Day Parade with the Foxes of the Fold community group from Bolton at Home. The group, their partners and families had worked extremely hard to create our The Threads That Bind Us weaving machine carriage.

For the Parade we were joined by eighty other BaH residents and were one of the largest groups in the parade, and despite not having a sound system we were also apparently one of the loudest…