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Idea’s Pouring and Pouring out, for the constant decoration of many teapots and mugs.
After our very successfully outreaching the project to the residents of Thomas Regan Court, Sheltered Housing, we have spent the last few weeks working in our studio, but now we are off again!
3 sessions will be delivered at Gorton Library late August /early September, these are available to everyone and are FREE!!
Here are some of the feedback comments from our visit to Thomas Regan Court.
“I really enjoyed this project and it made many memories of the past come to the forefront for me. Good times ,great family memories ,skills that I was very pleased l could do. I decorated a teapot and Mug, which l will be pride of place in my flat “…..Resident -Mary Aston

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What a response to our 3 outreached project sessions at Thomas Regan Court, not only are we engaging with the residents, residents from The North Road, Clayton sheltered housing centre have come along to take part in these opportunities.
The concentration is sky high, much laughter, tea drinking, and biscuits…. great fun.
Such a variety of different things hand painted from dancing at the Ritz, Blackpool tower, PG Tips tea, grandchildren, City and United football badges, seaside holidays, walks down the canal with a loved one, dogs, cats and flowers on the mug cups and teapots provided.
“had a lovely time, enjoyed doing painting, company was very nice and pleasant, loved every minute” said Sylvia
“met very nice and lovely people, Artists were very helpful and gave me plenty of help. Glad I came, hope to come again “ said Joyce
Next Monday is the last session and we will say our goodbyes, until we can offer more in the future.
I think perhaps a bit of offered cake will ease the sadness as we depart.

Well the Banners are up !!!….17 in total, spanning 34 metres’.
The banners are installed on the railings of Debdale Park facing Hyde Road, just near the Park entrance.
The imagery on this Public Artwork features elements of 96 local peoples painted self-portraits.
Each portrait contains an individual’s selected colours that represent the life that surrounds them and their personality.
The project was outreached to 15 different groups, sheltered housing, tower blocks and allotments.
And don’t they look powerful side by side together.

You can’t hear a pin drop …as the group members hand paint their teapots and Mugs, such concentration.
Images from the French flag, hiking boots, ration books, and the film psycho amongst many others visually tell the story of people’s lives.
This project has really captured the groups imagination.
Next week we outreach this project to the residents of Thomas Regan Court -Sheltered Housing , Gorton .

Yes, we have got the ball rolling on our new project titled “I’II put the kettle on”.
Gathered people’s stories will produce visual material in the form of hand painted teapots and cups, the imagery will reflect and link together past and present shared personal accounts of life in Gorton /Abbey Hey and surrounding other communities.
The project will soon be outreached to various other local disadvantaged residents at other community venues.












This concept to explore the loss of a front door leading to the street and the outside world has been very successful. For many people now, life exists behind a door that leads to a corridor or opens out to another door. The experience of living in sheltered accommodation or a tower block helps to disconnect people from daily contact and interaction with the outside world.
We wanted to engage many different people and offer an opportunity to visually express themselves using this collective printing process.
The project was delivered to the Gorton Visual Arts Group members and outreached to the residents of Thomas Regan Sheltered Housing, Levenshulme Inspire, The Oasis Centre, Gorton and Rainbow Haven -Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Abbey Hey.
The produced printed doors contain imagery and text related to the question “what you would like to see if you opened your own front door to the outside world? “are now displayed at Levenshulme Inspire, 2 in the café area and 1 in the corridor until late June 2019.
A big thankyou to Lead Artist Andrew McKay who’s planning and experience as bought this project together, we would also like to thank Kate Williams for helping to arrange this opportunity to exhibit the project at Levenshulme Inspire.
Head on down to Inspire ……your in for a treat!!

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Last 2 sessions now completed, last week we delivered the project at the Oasis Centre and yesterday we finished the last workshop session at Rainbow Haven, Abbey Hey.
Both venues were keen to have us back and as always made us feel very welcome.
Really busy trying to complete the prints to collectively formulate the 3 full size door images, in green, red and blue, but great sessions and a BIG help from the group members who turned up to support.
Hopefully the finished Artwork will soon be exhibited at Levenshulme Inspire.
Been asked where the idea came from for this project? well my own father moved out of his house into sheltered accommodation, when I asked him about the difference his answer was “I have lost my own front door” meaning a door that opened into the street and the outside world. Many people find themselves living in sheltered accommodation or tower blocks and lose a connection to the immediate outside world.
What would you like to see if you opened your own front door to the outside world ?