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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.

RHS Tatton – mosaic workshops

This year I’m working with New Charter on their show garden entry for the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.  New Charter works with residents and young people from their ‘Dream Scheme’  groups to create a garden for the Flower Show – two years ago their entry won a bronze medal so the pressure is on!

I’m working with young people to create different pieces of exterior artwork for the garden including mosaics, withy sculptures and painted pebbles.  For the past three weeks I have been working with a group to create bug mosaics to make paving slabs.

We started off doing some designs and drawings of bugs and insects and also practicing how to make mosaics.  We’re using the double indirect method, so the group are sticking their designs onto brown paper ready for transfer.  I have found this is by far the best method to use when working with young people as it removes the need to use potentially hazardous grout and cement adhesive.  Have a look at the work in progress…

Mosaic Snail

As part of the prep for the RHS Tatton workshops I’m currently doing, I created a mosaic paving slab of a snail as an example for the group.  Here it is at the first stage of making…

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!