Art Walk in Sheffield

We went for an art walk in the city of Sheffield a few days ago. It’s not a city I know very well but I was really impressed. I don’t like visiting shopping centres because they are all very much the same, with the same shops and these days I only go shopping when I need something.

We travelled by train and the first place that impressed me was the Railway Station. The station itself has been refurbished about a couple of years ago and outside all the water features are very impressive. The area at the front of the station is Sheaf Square, once a car park but now a fantastic welcoming open space. I printed off some information about the Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter . The article was written in 2015 and consequently some of the information was out of date, for example the Site Gallery is closed at the moment for refurbishment. We still managed to fill a day and leave plenty more to discover on our next visit.

First stop on arriving was Sellers Wheel the New Zealand coffee house on Arundel Street. The cakes and bread are delicious and come from the local Depot Bakery .

The next venue we stopped at was a fantastic shop full of handmade high quality goods. I had wanted to visit the Butchers Works Gallery but I think it only opens for exhibitions, however the shop All Good Stuff is well worth a visit and the building itself is very interesting. We then had a bit of a wander round taking photos of some of Street Art. There is a walk you can follow to see even more called the Sheffield Street Art WalkAnother place of interest we visited was A.P.G. Works APG is more than a gallery, it is in an old cutlery factory and its small studio is a place to find screen printed art work for sale. They are also picture framers. The entrance is worth looking at for its own wall art.

It was now time for some lunch which we had at Street Food Chef a Mexican restaurant on Arundel Street.To end the afternoon we visited the Millennium Gallery and the Winter Gardens. I have added a couple of photos of work selected for the John Ruskin Prize that can be found in the Millennium Gallery. There is still plenty to discover and see in Sheffield so I am looking forward to my next visit.

Fun Palace at Belper Goes Green

After the success of our first Fun Palace in Belper it was decided to run another at Belper Goes Green. This is a fantastic Eco Festival run by Transition Belper for the local community. All the information about the festival can be found here Belper Goes Green ,this includes what’s on and parking.

The part that I have been responsible for is the Fun Palace Tent. I hope the weather will be good but if not we have lots of fun and informative workshops in the marquee so you will still be dry.The workshops, (as they should be for a Fun Palace) are a mixture of Science, Art, Craft and Nature inspired. There will also be the opportunity to learn CPR with Amber First Responders 

There will be the chance to make a willow bird feeder, a willow wand or do some lolly stick weaving. 

Katherine Wheatley will be making Carbon Monsters and she will be running a competition to win a copy of her very popular book.

There will be lots of Science and Engineering  on offer with the opportunity to make a whirlpool in a bottle, discover what bugs lurk in the local Coppice Brook, make your own mini wind/water wheel, put together an aluminium engine and make a catapult plane or spinning helicopter.

There is also plenty of Art and Craft, you will be able to make a collage of Belper, learn some origami, make a hedgehog, turn milk bottle caps into fridge magnets, make monsters with clay or make your own fairy with pipe cleaners and wool.

The workshops take place each day between 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00. Each session has different activities except the learning of CPR which will be a constant. here is a PDF of the full workshop time table.  Fun Palace Workshops

Here is a map of the site.

Belper Woollen Woods 2017

Its that time of year again when the people of Belper are working hard to produce this years Belper Art Festival. A tremendous amount of planning goes into this event which each year gets bigger and better. Yesterday there was a small crowd who met at Number 28 on the Market Place to produce the festival trailer for 2017. IMG_0039

The part of the festival that I am most involved with is the Woollen Woods. This will be its third year and it is really exciting that both individuals and groups are already planning and working hard on their pieces. The wood is very central to the town of Belper, known as Belper Parks Wood. There is a free carpark beside the Market Place and a way to walk into the woods from there.

So far one of the care homes is getting involved as is a children’s nursery. There are young people who are learning to knit and others who have elaborate plans for complete trees. One of the highlights of last years event was the story trees, who could forget Alice in Wonderland or Noah’s Ark?Alice in tree doormouse Alice Tree animals ark

I know for a fact that this year there will be more of these trees, however this is truly an event that everyone can be part of. Last year we had lots of pom pom animals and spiders webs made from sticks and wool.pom pom ladybird in the woodsIMG_6243

It really doesn’t matter if you are not an expert knitter or crocheter, once everything is place in the woods it all looks fantastic and adds to the magic. Squares and rectangles of knitting can be turned into creatures fit for the woods. This caterpillar was made from a rectangular piece of knitting sewn into a tube and stuffed.IMG_0006

This year the pieces will be installed in the woods on Friday May 12th and will stay there until Sunday May 21st. We have an exciting addition to the Woollen Woods on Saturday May 13th when Lauren an artist and storyteller from Nottingham will be telling stories with the aide of her beautifully made puppets. This will be in Number 28 from 2.30pm. These are tales from Into the Wild Wood and will be suitable for families with primary school age children.IMG_0022

There is still plenty of time to be part of the Belper Art Festival and Woollen Woods. Please contact me at anneclarkhandmade@gmail.com

 

Belper Fun Palace 2016

It is not long now until Belper’s first Fun Palace. The event will take place on October 1st from 12.00 – 16.00 in the venue Number 28 which is situated on the Market Place in Belper. I have written in a previous post about how Fun Palaces started and each year since 2014 the movement has grown. The Fun Palace movement says, WE BELIEVE IN THE GENIUS IN EVERYONE, IN EVERYONE AN ARTIST AND EVERYONE A SCIENTIST, AND THAT CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.comic.jpeg

In a previous blog post I have given information about some of the activities that will go on and in this post is more information about opportunities to be creative and have fun. Also a reminder that there will be a chance to learn CPR with Amber Community First Responders who will also hope to have their car outside the venue.car

You will be able to make your own song bird with the help of Nansy Ferret. Nansy is a local artist and also singer and songwriter in Belper band, Red Ruff. For the Fun Palace she will be giving you the opportunity to combine songs – either your own or somebody else’s – with visual image. Come along, play with words and create a bird to sing in your home or to give to a loved one so that they can see your song each day! You can see more of Nansy’s work by following her on facebook as Nansy Ferrett-Campbell or on twitter @monster_nip.FullSizeRender

The Derbyshire branch of the British Science Association will be there with some Science fun and experiments for visitors to join in with.BSA

There will be the chance to use your creativity with pipe cleaners and wool to make a variety of characters either human, animal or magical.FairyFullSizeRender

Artist Tan Draig will be leading a hands on activity with Platonic solids before he attempts (with the help of the public) to make the largest string vest in the world at 15.00 hours.platon1

There will be some creative recycling, using glass jars to make decorative tea light holders.FullSizeRender-2

This event will also have a cafe for light refreshments between activities.

FIGMENT Derby


FIGMENT Derby is set to take place next Saturday August 20th from 12.00 until 5.00pm on Cathedral Green outside Derby Silk Mill Museum.Trees

FIGMENT Derby is to be the first FIGMENT event in Europe so it is not surprising if you have not heard of it. FIGMENT started with an event in New York in July 2007. Since then it has grown significantly each year in the United states and Canada.

Here is a paragraph from the FIGMENT website, ‘FIGMENT’s vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. Art is not just something that you stand still and quietly look at–it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it. Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment.’

It is a free event for the whole community to join in with and FIGMENT Derby is produced with support from Derby Museums. The event will start with a picnic, (bring your own food), which will take place on a large quilt that has been made by volunteers and visitors at Derby Silk Mill Museum.Quilt2Lots of photos can be seen HERE from previous US FIGMENT events. News about FIGMENT Derby can be found on their Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/FIGMENTDerby

I am hoping to yarn Bomb Cathedral Green with the help of the general public. I will be bring along knitted blankets, long wool wraps and knitted flowers that can be attached to the trees. The aim will be to turn the green into a colourful garden.
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photo 2csunflowersThere will also be an opportunity to join in making the longest daisy chain possible. The daises will be constructed from felt and be joined together by the traditional method of daisy chains.

IMG_0675It will also be possible to sit and knit while watching the other activities taking place on the green and it promises to be a fantastic, free, participatory event. Please come and join us.Trees1

Belper’s Fun Palace


Its only about six weeks until Belper’s Fun Palace which will take place at Number 28, The Market Place, Belper. The fun will start at 12 noon and finish at 4.00pm. I am writing this blog post to inform everyone about some of the planned activities.

Tan Draig a local artist is aiming to get people to help make the largest string vest in the world. The string vest will be exhibited later in October as part of ‘Belper in Bloomers’ underwear exhibition (to launch on Sat 22 Oct as part of Discovery days) at Number 28. Here is a link to all that is happening during the Discovery Days.Tan

The photo above of Tan was taken at the opening of the “part of the Fabric’ exhibition that he made in Belper’s North Mill. There is a very good account of this piece of work in the Derby Telegraph.

The large string vest will be made by a human knitting machine and Tan will need lots of help to achieve this. This particular activity will take place during the afternoon at 3.00pm. Before this time Tan has promised to enable visitors to join in with a fun mathematic activities.

There will also be creative workshops for people both adults and children to join in with. Marilyn Deakin another Belper artist will be running a collage workshop suitable for all. Here is an example of her work

MDtransitionautumn_cropped2_thumb and much more can be found on her website http://www.marilyndeakincreativeart.co.uk

Marilyn like myself believes that everyone is an artist, these are her words, “ For me its about communication and passing on skills and opportunities for people as I believe everyone is an artist – they just need to find themselves – that is my aim.”She is planning an Autumn collage workshop for the Fun Palace and has sent me this photo, however everyones work will be unique to themselves. leaf collage

There will be a chance for visitors to learn how to perform CPR correctly with help of Amber First Responders. This skill could help you save a life and is worth everyone becoming familiar with.CPR

Here is a link to their Facebook Page and a link to their Twitter Page.

There will be a chance to have a go at making something with stamps thanks to Helen from All Things Stampy. She was one of the first Independent Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators in the UK when it launched in November 2007. She runs workshops and has a website http://allthingsstampy.blogspot.co.uk/ where you can order all you would need to make the most amazing cards etc. This is a fantastic chance to have a first go at making something for free.

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These activities are a taste of what will be on offer at Belper’s Fun Palace. In about a week I will write about some of the other amazing activities that you can enjoy on October 1st at Number 28.

Here is a picture of how one young person imagines a Fun palace to look, so do come along on October 1st to see for yourself.Fun Palace 1

Fun Palace

Last year I attended my first Fun Palace at Derby Silk Mill Museum. I had not heard about Fun Palaces before but always enjoyed attending activities at the museum. downloadThe original idea for Fun Palaces dates back to 1961 when Joan Littlewood and Cedric Price came up with the idea and designed the Fun Palace which they called a ‘Laboratory of Fun’. Joan said that she believed in the genius in every person and also in the idea of community.

It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences, open and welcoming to all. For many reasons it wasn’t possible in 1961 and the Fun Palace never came to fruition as a building. The idea however, of a space welcoming and open to all, bringing arts and sciences together, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist, remained a GREAT idea.

The Fun Palace became an annual reality from 2014 when Stella Duffy and Sarah-Jane Rawlings organised the first Fun Palaces throughout the country. The first ones took place on the hundredth anniversary of Joan’s birth. The idea quickly grew to become an event taking place worldwide on the first weekend in October. This year that is October 1st and 2nd.

THE FUN PALACES MANIFESTO

WE BELIEVE IN THE GENIUS IN EVERYONE, IN EVERYONE AN ARTIST AND EVERYONE A SCIENTIST, AND THAT CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER, LOCALLY, WITH RADICAL FUN – AND THAT ANYONE, ANYWHERE, CAN MAKE A FUN PALACE.

The idea is that it is an event organised by local people for the fun and enjoyment of local people. Here is a short video from 2014 explaining a little more about the idea behind Fun Palaces.

This year I am planning to organise Belper’s first Fun Palace to take place at Number 28 situated on the Market Place Belper.10460502_506304829499772_9086914353426889366_n

The event will take place on Saturday October 1st from 12 noon until 4.00pm.

However the fun begins now with the fun of planning the event. I have just made a comic strip from a link on the Fun Palace website.comic.jpeg

Above is the one that I have made. There is also a Write, Science competition which needs to be completed by the end of this month July 2016.

Planning is already going ahead for Belper’s first Fun Palace which is to be a fun community event for all age groups. I will be writing soon about the activities, however if anyone reading this post has an idea that could be included please get in contact through the comments.

Here are three more comic strips made by my grandchildren just for the fun of it.

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Flowers and Animals of the Woollen Woods

This blog, ‘Flowers and Animals of the Woollen Woods’, is a chance to show some of the amazing pieces made by knitters and crocheters for this years Woollen Woods. I have taken so many photographs that it is difficult to choose and there will be some I don’t feature on this blog. Every piece is important however and the people of Belper have loved seeing the woods with the animals, birds and themed trees.

There have been plenty of bugs both large and small. As well as bees, dragonflies and butterflies some very large ants were seen in the trees. There were caterpillars, snails and many spiders webs.ant spider web on twigs catterpillar

The woods were alive with animals even some from the very distant past. Dinosaurs once again roamed but didn’t cause any problems apart from disappearing for a few hours and then being found again. There were a number of very colourful snakes but they stayed in the trees and I am not aware of anyone claiming to have been bitten. There were plenty of pink pigs and a flock of very colourful Belper sheep who really enjoyed climbing the trees.red squirrel red dinosaur green dinosaur hedgehogs snake rabbit pink pigssheepThere were hundreds of amazing flowers many made by Belper Gardening Club. The woods were full of both real and woolly bluebells.flowers2 flowers1 blue bells

We are planning to join in with next years Woollen Woods and as soon as Voluntary Arts Week announce the dates we will let everyone know. I imagine it will be in May 2017. May is also the month of the Belper Arts Festival and so it is a fantastic opportunity for many to join in with that event as well. Keep an eye on this blog and also the Anne Clark Handmade Facebook page to get all the news.

Twitchers were delighted to discover many new species of birds, including a whole variety of day time owls.robin green bird coathanger owl 3 owls

The event takes part in an area of woodland known as Belper Parks Wood which is very central to the town of Belper. It is a lovely area to walk through, climb trees in and even have a picnic.teddy bears

Themed Trees, Belper Woollen Woods.

The Belper Woollen Woods was once again a fantastic event. There were more pieces installed in the trees than in 2015 and lots more people joining in, to both make and help with attaching to trees. There have been numerous photos and videos shared on Social Media which has been great to see. Woollen Woods have their own Facebook page. Once again the weather was very kind to us and the bluebells added extra beauty and colour. This year there were a couple of themed trees telling stories which added interest. As well as the themed trees there was a seaside themed area. Continue reading Themed Trees, Belper Woollen Woods.

Woollen Woods

It is just a week now until the Woollen Woods happen in Belper Parks Wood. It has been fantastic this year that more people have joined in the fun of making pieces for the woods. A few days ago I had a bit of a panic wondering how long it would take to put everything up. However having put an appeal on Facebook lots have responded with offers of help. Now the thing I am worrying about is the weather. Last year it was lovely and warm and the sun shone the whole time. I am not concerned about the knitted and crocheted pieces as I know from experience they survive very well but more concerned for the fingers of the installers if its cold! Continue reading Woollen Woods