I was really excited to spend an afternoon looking into the collections at the fabulous and newly opened Museum in Bolton.The main purpose of my visit is to plan an engaging workshop using the beautiful collections, with a group of adult refugees. This has been funded by the Greater Manchester fund; ‘Make more art happen, for more people.’
I wanted to see what I most connected with and begin to think about how i can work with these collections to improve well being. The building is beautiful, so I immediately felt inspired by the architectural details…
The painting room felt really peaceful; most of the space in the museum is full of exciting artefacts, so the painting room felt like a tranquil spot.
I was particularly drawn to this photograph and the painting below…..
something so ordinary, but so beautiful…
and this painting makes me feel quite dreamy, as if I am sitting on that chair. I was drawn to the printmaking, which inspired a seed of an idea to do a printing workshop for the refugees….I also was really inspired by the Botany collection, so thought the two might link together nicely. There is something very visceral about relief printing, so I thought this might be a way to engage a group, where there will be a lot of barriers to engagement.
There is also a miniature museum, with wooden people and museum stands to arrange, which I`d played with on visits with my daughter. Even the ceiling imitates the sky and there is a tree, as if in a park! It can`t fail to inspire and hopefully I can use it for other workshops linked with the collections.
There are such a lot of exciting things to see these were just some of my highlights.
I spent a lovely Saturday facilitating a family picnic day at the Whitworth Art Gallery….yes an indoor picnic complete with blankets and baskets! Families bring their own picnic and create Art as a family- such a lovely idea! The workshop I delivered was inspired by the Beyond Borders exhibition.
My daughter Ruby loved the picnic idea, preferring to do an umbrella dance rather than than the workshop!
I had a lovely morning at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. A group of talented adults came along for a wood block printing workshop…
We started off by making a rubber stamp using japanese wood carving tools…
We then moved on to work with plywood…the results and the atmosphere of the workshop was so experimental and creative. I`m afraid these photos I quickly took don`t do the work justice. I hope to be back at the Royal Exchange again soon it was such an inspiring place to be creative in.
I`ve been working with a group of young people since October…the young people had such lovely ideas and their designs were so beautiful! We worked on creating a three-dimensional piece to include all of the group members designs, so as the piece represented the group, which they named, ‘ Teens Go Wild.’ The piece is now on display at Walkden Health Centre brightening up their foyer!
These are the things the group members said when asked what they liked most about the group…my favourite is, ‘walking in the park in crunchy green grass’ and ‘Fabulouse’ !
I have spent the last couple of Saturdays at the Haworth Gallery and Rosendale Museum, having lovely afternoons making these miniature rooms…here are a few of my favourites…including happy robots, ghosts, blue dogs there was no limit to the imagination that was used! Thanks to everyone who came along.
Rosendale Museum is a cabinet of curiosities- AMAZING! and so inspiring.
Haworth Gallery is equally as inspiring with so many stories behind the gallery…