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Fresh Made Trade Hits The Shops!

In Gallery/Museum Projects, Outdoor projects, School Projects on 24/02/2015 at 13:17

Remember Fresh Made Trade? When I worked with The Whitworth Gallery and pupils from Manchester Academy on a business enterprise project to design and create broaches and rings made from clay dug from the foundations of the gallery as it was being renovated? Well the new Whitworth Gallery has reopened to packed galleries and rave reviews and in pride of place in the center of the beautiful new shop, alongside gorgeous artworks and choice designer objects, are the buttons and jewelry created by local kids from the school across the park! Bravo to The Whitworth for taking it’s ‘outreaching to the community’ ethos into everything it does, even into the contents of it’s shop!


Fresh Made Trade

In Gallery/Museum Projects, Outdoor projects, School Projects on 27/11/2014 at 10:19

Remember ‘Digging for On Site Art Materials and Processing Whitworth Art Gallery Clay ‘ ?

‘Fresh Made Trade’ was a project that saw pupils from Manchester Academy experience developing a unique series of products to be sold in the Whitworth Art Gallery shop when it reopens after it’s refurbishment. The young people undertook market research,  retailer liaison, and investigated marketing strategies, and then, using the very clay that was dug during the ground-works that have been taking place on site, the product development, design and manufacture of beautiful ceramic buttons, badges and coasters. The buttons were inspired by buttons in the Gallery of Costume collections, alongside the natural forms sketched in Whitworth Park and my willow sculpture Genesis Reborn. The finished results were fantastic and without doubt will sell like hotcakes when they go on sale in the new Whitworth Art Gallry shop! And if that wasn’t reward enough, the project will go towards the Academy’s bid to gain Bronze Arts Mark status. Good work folks!

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Genesis Reborn

In Arts for Health, Community Arts, Gallery/Museum Projects, Outdoor projects on 21/10/2013 at 11:17

The first weekend in September saw the last few days of the old Whitworth Art Gallery as it prepared to close for an exciting extension and refurbishment phase. Rather than closing the door with a sniffle the gallery went out with a BANG, hosting the Whitworth Weekending  festival on Whitworth Park to celebrate what we do at the gallery and show it off to local residents.

I approached the gallery with a proposal to create a 5 meter tall willow sculpture, a representation of one of the treasures of the Whitworth collection, Jacob Epstein’s ‘Genesis’. They were excited by the idea and so the project went ahead. I worked with a group of volunteers over a few days leading up to the festival and during the weekend itself . We managed to pull together to get Genesis reborn! She was finally assembled and reached her full height on Sunday morning. It was great moment as her body and head were lifted into place onto her thigh section by a brave crew of staff and volunteers.


The sculpture was great to work on, not least because of the great reaction we got for local people as they passed through the park or along the very busy Oxford Rd. And how lovely to return to the sculpture a few weeks after the build and find a bouquet of flowers in her arms.

Genesis Reborn will be taking up residence outside the Embryology department of St Mary’s Hospital in the very near future.

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Whispering Willow Seat

In Outdoor projects on 11/07/2013 at 11:31

The peaceful whispering willow seat and arbour that I made last year has grown beautifully. Made from willow whips grown in the allotment and free materials (some skip dived decking and ironically, an old council recycling box!) it’s a lovely place to sit an contemplate the veggies growing. The willow is putting on new growth so it’s fun to weave in the whips and even take cuttings for future projects. I’m expecting the clematis that has rambled through it to flower and day now which should be a treat!


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