Pippa the puppy is keeping a watchful eye on things from the corner of the room as I re-arrange furniture in my studio ready for Branch Out Arts Club!
It’s an exciting time here in my studio transforming it from a place where only I make art to a public space that I’ll soon be inviting people into when I open the doors for Branch Out Arts Club, which launches on the week commencing 22 August!
Last night I put some shelves up so that my little library of art books will be easier for people to dip into during the sessions…
It’s really nice that this concept of an arts club, a brand new venture for me, appears to be well received here in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. My first evening session taking place on Thursday 25 August is already fully booked, but the Monday morning session still has spaces available. Anyone reading this who’d like to come along should email me on firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
Earlier this year I met with the organisers of Homegrown Food Festival in Northallerton and suggested that they base activities at this year’s festival around a theme in order to focus creativity. As the Bumble Bee is having a particularly tough time trying to avoid extinction at the moment I put forward the theme of the Bumble Bee as a means by which to raise awareness of their plight and hopefully educate visitors to the festival in ways in which they might be able to help “save the bee”!
As part of these efforts I worked with a number of local pre-school groups to create giant bumblebee sculptures and flowers out of recycled materials… here are a few photos of sculptures on display at the festival, which took place on Northallerton’s Applegarth on Sunday 26 June 2016…
The scupltures looked fantastic and were much admired, though most importantly, lots of little people had fun and learnt a lot in the making process, later taking great pride in seeing their work on prominent public display.
Special thanks go to Gill Hunton at Osmotherley Pre-School who generously donated lots of the materials used from her incredible Remida Room resource.