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“Kite”

New Project begins titled “Kite”, we aim to make our own kites containing imagery that is a strong visual representation of the individual group members youth. Each group member has written a short story about an element of their childhood, with help, imagery will be available for the group to change and make their own to formulate the design on their individual kite. When the kites are complete It’s off to the seaside to fly the kites and revert back to an activity of celebration of youth and memory.
The whole project will be professional filmed by Aperio Films based in London.
Images of the group members working on their design sheets in the studio, in the background playing very loud “Let’s go Fly a Kite’ from Mary Poppins .

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Thought it to be a good idea to feature some of the groups feedback comments , so here we go !

“This project was very challenging and interesting at the same time, very interesting because of all the young people we worked with, listening to their views and trying to answer their questions as accurate as possible. Researching and visiting Museums and Libraries, going into their archives was a privilege and so informative, there were things you would not use or do normally “…Group Member Elaine Davis.

“Visited Manchester Central Library to view the Propaganda Banners =learnt about the design and colours used”…Group Member Margaret Painter

“A very interesting project, but difficult to produce, It was quite a lengthy process, but worthwhile”….Group Member Pet Jackson.

“This has been a very enjoyable and challenging project. L have enjoyed working out how to do the differ items to go on the banners.”…Group Member Brenda Boyd

“l have enjoyed the Munitions Project ,my best part of the banner making was painting and sewing”… Group Member Charlene Malone

“This was the most difficult project so far. We visited World War One Archives in Manchester Central Library and the Science and Industry Museum to read about the local Munitions factories. This was very interesting and helped with ideas for our banners”…Group Member Freda Wallwork

“This project was so enjoyable, l have never painted with oils paints on linen material before, l really enjoyed doing the embroidery .To see the banners taking shape was a joy.”….Group Member Rita Oakley

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After a final push and a tremendous effort from all involved,10 banners conveying a variety of combined imagery and arts practice are complete …….they look wonderful.
Collectively the banners pay homage to the effort and skills of the Munition Workers of Beyer Peacock & Kendall and Gent Engineering Companies here in Gorton during the First World War.
It is our intention to submit an exhibition application to The Peoples History Museum to display them collectively in the future , but we feel they should be viewed by the Local Communities during short staged exhibitions at local venues in the near future.
The Banners are 1200mm in Height and 600mm wide.

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Images of the 10 banners below.
ENJOY !!!!!

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Last delivered “Munition” Project session today , next week we begin the delivery of a New Project titled “Kite”.
Today the group members put the final touches to their banners which celebrate the Gorton Munition Workers during the First World War.

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Group members and myself attending the “Be Proud Awards ‘ photo shoot for the evening programme , the other image taken at the event ,group members Pat Jackson and Freda Wallwork and myself.
The Group were Runners Up [Best Creative Community Project in Manchester.Gorton-Visual-Arts-web

Be Proud awards by Manchester City Council at Manchester Town Hall

Be Proud awards by Manchester City Council at Manchester Town Hall

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