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Another busy day at the Aviary Community Rooms. We took our drawings and paintings from last week and used them as references for new drawings, which we turned into fabric pieces using an Indonesian technique called Batik. Using wax to draw on to fabric which masks out lines on the fabric, then painting ink on to the work. These pieces will formulate sections of a picnic blanket. Early days into this project but the group have taken to it like a duck to water.

 

“When I go to the park I always go on the swings because it’s fun”

Jenny 7 Years ol, All Saints School.

“When in Rome” or When in Debdale Park on  a lovely Manchester day.

Topping up our tans and getting  some quality ink drawings and colour studies done. The group have started our new project titled “Park Life” and the timing with the weather couldn’t have been better.  The project aims to produce  Batik pieces (based on Parks  and memories and stories about parks which members of GVA, residents of the Gorton area and schools have shared with us) to create large picnic blankets. This was our first day on the project and the group members were out drawing with ink and charcoal, aswell as painting colour studies as a references for this project.

Great opportunity today.!!
The group members were able to show some of our previous delivered projects, and discuss their new projects with other local older people.
Chances to talk to other local groups, share our work, and disgust possibilities of working together in the future.
During the event which was held at Gorton Monastery, we were able to offer all visitors an opportunity to work on one of the exterior Mosaic panels which is part of our “Visual Gorton “project.
We were also able to gather more stories from local people connected to our “Parklife “and “All along Hyde Road” projects.
Much laughter, tea drinking, and rewarding conversation about Gorton’s social history.
Our project “Parklife” aim’s to visually celebrate the value Gorton’s Parks offer’s local resident’s, we are gathering stories {past and present} about times spent in these valuable green spaces .
Our project “All along Hyde Road” is about gathering stories connected to the many Pubs once dotted along Hyde Road , Gorton.

Having received funding from Tesco’s Bags for Help we have developed a composition layout for the exterior Artwork on the outside of the lodge in Debdale Park. The work is a visual celebration of elements of Gorton’s Heritage.

Today sadly was our last of the four delivered sessions with the ’Happy Mondays” group at Levenshulme Inspire, the work now will be assembled for display in the near future at Levenshulme Inspire.
Great help from support Artist Andrew McKay and the Gorton Visual Arts group members have made this short project very successful. The produced work is a visual celebration of local people’s memories and valuable stories related to many picture houses in Levenshulme and the surrounding areas.
All gathered individual stories formulate very colorful popcorn boxes related to chosen personal colours on three sides of the box, chosen colours range from the colour of bus used to travel to the pictures to memories of cinema seat colours, on the fourth side of the pop boxes is printed the individual story.
We have also produced a combination print from 24 individual pieces of card to celebrate the once splendid Grand Picture House in Levenshulme , alongside a variety of artwork on enlarged Cinema tickets .
Many thanks to the commitment of all the “Happy Mondays “ group members

Dates for the Exhibition will be published soon.

NIF Manchester City Council Funding

We have now delivery two sessions at Levenshulme Inspire which combines the members of Gorton Visual Arts with the Happy Mondays Group who meet every Monday at Levenshulme Inspire .This is a big group of people to deliver this short 4 week project too, but all goes well!!!
Short accounts /stories about going to the Pictures have been gathered and researched to celebrate the 5 once Picture Houses in Levenshulme , these stories formulate the basis to create a celebration of local peoples valuable stories and the existence of the Picture Houses. We have all sorts of accounts from the The ABC Minors Club, the songs and films people watched as young people to the splendor these local buildings once offered . The project will continue for the next two weeks and be exhibited and shared at Levenshulme Inspire for all people of different ages to see and enjoy.
“That’s all Folks!!!”
The Project is funded by Manchester City Councils NEIGHBOURHOOD INVESTMENT GRANT {NIF}

If you are interested in joining Gorton Visual Arts please come along on a Mondays to the groups studio at The Aviary Community Rooms in Debdale Park, Gorton 1-3pm

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We have delivery 5 sessions already related to this project which continues to visually celebrate the “once famous Gorton Cross St”. This week we outreached the project to once again the residents of Patrick Roddy and Thomas Regan Courts. At both venues we witnessed another opportunity for the residents to express themselves alongside the group members; all who took part expressed their enjoyment and engagement with the work we offer.
On Mondays the 8th and 15th May we will deliver sessions at Gorton Library 11am -1pm , all are welcome to attend , come and meet the group ,share some chat about Gorton and its Social History while enjoying good company ,tea , coffee and maybe even a …..biscuit.
The Project is funded by Manchester City Councils NEIGHBOURHOOD INVESTMENT GRANT {NIF}

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