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Archive for November, 2018

Our “Grand Opening”

Sun in the sky, wonderful turnout, the musical delights of a steel band, cups of tea and ……. cake!
A day to remember for sure!!
A huge thankyou to the young people from Abbey Hey Primary School for their provided steel band music, so many people gathered to listen to them play before Local Historian Frank Rhodes said a few words about the project and opened the Public Artwork to be enjoyed by so many people in the future.
In the background the group members [ like Victoria Woods Dinner Ladies} are preparing the refreshments back at the Aviary Community Rooms for all to enjoy.
The project as been a huge success in terms of sharing the valuable rich social history of the area with so many young people, to witness young people working together with older people has been the real pleasure.



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Crikey!!

Gorton Mill Project
For the last couple of weeks, we have been out and about, delivering the donated mosaic artworks panels to both Abbey Hey and All Saints Primary Schools, then setting up our informative project research material Exhibition in Gorton Library. It’s been wonderful, to meet so many people, engaged in our delivered project. Both schools have been very supportive, and the young people had a chance to celebrate the Artwork designed by themselves and the group members. So much exchanged dialogue between Gorton and Abbey Hey’s older and young people about the area’s valued social history, “when are you coming back? “was the cried at Abbey Hey Primary School, “can anyone join your group? ……. can we join? “,” hands up who would like to join Gorton Visual Arts?” said the teacher at All Saints Primary School, …every hand was raised in the class.
Well we must be something right!!!!

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Our aim is to outreach to as many people as possible during our structured programme of 15 delivered workshops at different local venues, what a task, but we are now on our way, we’re on the road …. again , engaging people in poly tunnels to cosy warm buildings !!!!
3 completed and 12 to go!!!
Meeting so many new people and able to offer an opportunity to freely draw and paint a portrait of themselves, using only colours that reflect their personalities and the life that surrounds them. Great fun and much laughter with the Green Fingers Group in Debdale Park, Residents of Abbey Court Tower Block, and Levenshulme Inspires “Happy Monday’s group.
“When you are coming back” …was the shout at Abbey Court Tower Block!!!! …perhaps we are getting good at this!!
“Where’s crazy Freda?” …. The new name given to group member Freda by the Green Fingers Group.
“Wow, don’t they look colourful!! “…. said the members of the Happy Monday’s Group, when we put all the painted portrait up on the wall, side by side.
All portraits from the 15 different workshops will be photographed and printed onto PVC Banners to be fixed onto the railings of Debdale Park facing Hyde Road in 2019.

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