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Hyde Orchard Creative Sessions – Day Two

Beautiful sunshine for our second day of creative sessions for the Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork.  First, a game of Fruit Salad outside with a massive parachute, then inside for workshops with two consecutive groups of 30 children from Flowery Field Primary School.  The groups created lots of mosaics – made from fruit (and veg) and also paper.

Hyde Orchard Creative Sessions – Day One

We did our first creative workshops to generate ideas and work for the Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork this week.  Our first victims were 30 Year Ones from Godley Primary School, who enjoyed working out the seating arrangements for the outdoor classroom before playing a game of Fruit Salad in the Orchard.  We then took the group inside Bayley Hall and used The Park Cafe for lots of art activities including mono printing, still life fruit drawing and making bird mosaics out of fruit.

In the afternoon a smaller group from Hyde Technology School attended to do some similar sessions, using local birds including Jays, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Wood Pigeons as inspiration for their artwork.  Both groups created lots of brilliant work, some of which you can see below.

Success! Hyde Park Community Orchard Artwork…

Last year myself and two other artists (Ann Gilligan and Richard Dawson) were successful in gaining a commission to create artwork (pending funding) for the Hyde Park Community Orchard in Hyde, Greater Manchester.  Just before Christmas we found out the Community Spaces funding bid had been successful and we have now started the project.

The artwork will include an outdoor classroom, a wildlife trail and an entrance feature all informed by work produced in sessions with local schools and community groups.  The final pieces will feature a number of different techniques and materials including wood, cast-stone and mosaics.

There are lots of other things happening in the Orchard so keep an eye on the Operation Farm blog for more details.  I’ll also be posting about the ‘art’ side of things regularly!