Our first creative engagement drop in at the Ribble Discovery Centre involved print making in responce to invertebrate life found in the mud of the Ribble Esturary.
From two half buckets of mud we discovered: rag-worms, hydrobia snails, crabs, shrimp and seaweed. Visitors to the centre investigated these creatures and then made block prints inspired by what they had seen and some great artwork prints were created.
My favourite estuary mud fact: One square metre of Ribble Estuary mud holds so many worms, shellfish and shrimps that it is equivalent in calorific value to twenty Mars bars ( and probably tastes similar!) – that’s why it attracts so many birds…
Crab fact of the day learnt from one of the young artists I met: How to tell if your crab is a boy or girl! If you look at the underside of a crab (being careful not to harm it!) a male crab will have a triangle shape at the rear of it’s underside and a female crab will have a broad rounded / elliptical shape – fascinating what you learn on a creative engagement session!
It’s taken a while to get there but we have finally installed the Bromley Farm Totem created with young people from the Bromley Farm Community Centre over a year ago.
The totem consists of three upright cast stone ‘pillars’ inset with letters spelling Bromley Farm and hand casts of all the young people involved. The installation only took a few hours as and worked flawlessly, dropping the elements into the concrete foundation we’d cast the day before, followed by some slight tweaking to vertical with wedges and then cementing the pieces in with concrete.
The artwork looks great in-situ, really suits the location and adds a much needed identity marker for the community centre.
Waste Creative is a partnership project between Woodend Artists and New Charter funded by Recycle For Greater Manchester.
Working with young people and residents across Tameside Waste Creative delivered a programme of creative workshops and art events aimed at increasing awareness, personalising education and promoting the value of waste as a resource in our local community. The project produced a recycling information pack including a poster, booklet and DVD of animations alongside an exhibition artwork made from recyclable materials.