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I was recently involved in some audience development work for Gallery Oldham, helping to inspire new audiences for their natural history collection. I particularly enjoyed creating an eye-catching flyer to encourage people with no prior interest in the subject to attend regular discussion sessions.

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For the past few weeks I’ve been sourcing, adapting and embellishing children’s dressing up costumes for a forthcoming exhibition at Gallery Oldham. ‘Watercolours from the Lees Collection’ features some of the Gallery’s most treasured artworks and runs from 19th Nov 2016 to 15th April 2017.

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Yesterday I spent the second of two Saturdays running art workshops for families in Rochdale. The first weekend we made Victorian thaumatropes (basic animation comprised of 2 drawings on either side of a spinning disc) while battling the wind in an open-sided gazebo. The second weekend we made artists’ books in the warmth of Touchstones Museum, while the rain lashed down in torrents outside.

Intrepid families braved the weather to get involved and made some really fantastic work.Thaumatrope picture combinations included a fish and a net, a bee and a flower, a swimmer and the sea and a fish and a unicorn! Topics for books ranged from secret codes to life cycles, diaries and The Great War. Thanks to everyone who took part.

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For this year’s Manchester Day Parade on Sunday, Glenys Walsh and I produced a banner celebrating the first time that 1 million volts of electricity were generated. This feat of electrical engineering was achieved by Ferranti at his factory in Hollinwood in 1925. The theme was selected to celebrate Manchester’s role as ‘European City of Science 2016’.

CommunityShowcase2016-4We’ve had an interesting week, with lots of events taking place at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. Look out for our stall at the Town Hall this Saturday…

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A busy, fun-filled weekend at Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival, making items inspired by Touchstone’s ‘Feathered’ exhibition. Working with fellow artist Jonny Boxall we spent Friday mashing up bird body parts to create fantasy creature collages and Saturday using newspaper and sticky-back-plastic to create around 100 colourful models. And the weather was nice too!

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I recently co-authored an oral history toolkit, commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim was to help community groups embarking on projects for the first time. The toolkit was managed by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and is available to download via their website. As well as explaining why oral history can be useful, relevant and engaging for everyone it also contains practical information on buying and using equipment, conducting an interview and documenting archival-quality content.

Thanks to Bill Longshaw (co-author), Jackie Ould (editor), Amy Russell (illustrator) and Daniel Teague (designer).

Click here to access the toolkit