Today, the Epicentre in Leytonstone was buzzing with families celebrating Story Feast, a wonderful poetry project for primary schools developed and delivered by the Discover Children's Story Centre. Families listened to and joined in with story telling, invented poems, made art and sculpture. Children created a wooly walkway into the event, some spending hours carefully interweaving, others working in joyful bursts. We joked they would receive a ball of wool for their birthdays, so absorbed were they by the process!
As participants threaded and wrapped I captured their imaginative descriptions of the growing wooly web:
Our Out & About celebration was a chance for the three schools; Airedale Academy, De lacy Academy and Wakefield City Academy to gather in The Hepworth Wakefield learning studios and share their experiences. The studios were buzzing with gallery staff and participants friends and family. Pupils voiced project highlights, certificates were presented and we clapped and cheered! Meaningful connections are made with the schools and I hope this leads to future creative collaboration with The Hepworth Wakefield. Proud!
Very proud to share this brilliant film documenting Out & About 2017 by Nick Singleton. In an unobtrusive and sensitive way, Nick captured the mood and delight of this fantastic project - thank you! Click here: Out & About 2017 film
Yorkshire Sculpture Park provided the final destination for Out & About 2017, bringing together our project themes of landscape and sculpture in a phenomenal way! The groups explored the park, free range and self directed, linking/relating sculptures to Brimham Rocks, Hepworth and spotting designed landscape, reminiscent of Nostell Priory and Parkland amongst naturalistic views. Standing in front of Bob & Roberta Smith's, Art Makes Children Powerful we considered this statement and shared our ideas, before asking the question, 'How has this project made you powerful?' The thoughtful and heartfelt statements that followed were beyond my hopes for the project.
Our last day was also the wettest of this whole adventure, and spirits were high. As the group trudged, rain soaked, towards the coach, an aunt of one of the boys turned to me with a grin and asked, 'Would you do it again?', 'YES!' I replied without hesitation, 'I would too' came the reply, and that felt amazing!
Out & About 2017 came to The Hepworth Wakefield this week, considering sculpture AND the purpose built gallery itself, sited amongst derelict mills by the River Calder. Our school groups responded to The Gift, contorting their bodies into sculptural shapes, playing drawing games, drawing from description, drawing in teams. We used the floorspace in the learning studios to spread out and add depth, tone and colour to the communal drawings with graphite, charcoal and crayon. Participants pushed themselves, tried new approaches and some displayed pride in their achievements with mark making and card sculpture. It was odd/nice to be indoors. Next week Out & About travels to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the final adventure of this wonderful project.
Last week, Out & About 2017 continued with a visit to Nostell Priory near Wakefield. We considered this landscape in relation to Brimham Rocks, noticing how constructed it was, how designed and pleasing to the eye. Ideas around curation were introduced and working in pairs or teams the three groups drew with wool and used natural materials to make their mark. We framed the work, thinking about near, far, high and low viewpoints. Some wore frames as hats, which was rather jolly!