Archives for category: Community Arts

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Heritage worker Harriet Morgan-Shami and I had a fun day on Saturday at the Flavours of Hollinwood Festival, Oasis Academy.  We enjoyed chatting to people for the Limehurst heritage project – A View from Crime Lake – about all kinds of things including; the estate’s shopping precinct and mobile store, nearby pubs and cinemas, Daisy Nook Fair, mills, factories and jobs as well as social change in the local area. If you have any photos or further memories to share, please get in touch. We particularly enjoyed hearing about getting a ‘mixture’ from the local chippy, known as Dirty Dots!

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Last Saturday I ran a workshop for toddlers with my friend and fellow creative, Ciara Leeming.  As part of this year’s inaugural Levenshulme Arts Festival the session was held at the Beehive in Cringle Park to raise awareness and funds for this beloved community hub. In keeping with the venue we made model bees and then painted a garden for them to fly in. Much fun was had by all (especially me). Thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen or took part on the day. Here’s to more arty messiness at the Beehive in future!

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I’ve been working with Peggy Mulongo from the University of Salford to develop research for her PhD in mental health nursing. Peggy has worked for NESTAC for years, helping to deliver the Gateway refugee resettlement programme. She wanted to understand the successes and failures of the programme from a young person’s perspective, using a creative approach to consultation. Peggy and I devised a series of workshops to gather information from representatives of the Somali, Congalese, Bhutanese and Senegalese communities in Rochdale and Bolton. Activities included mapping positive and negative experiences, creating a timeline and an expressive piece of work. It was an enlightening experience and I learnt a lot along the way. Lots of luck to Peggy as she begins writing up…

I’ve just spent the most fantastic afternoon with young women from Ananna and their mothers. To celebrate International Women’s Week we created life-size portraits on the theme of ‘Strong Manchester Women’ using paint and collage materials.  It was so much fun and the results were brilliant, as you can see!

On Saturday, I facilitated a workshop to engage young people from the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation with the Legacy of Ahmed project. After a look at some posters from the Race Relations Resource Centre archive and an interesting discussion about their own experiences of racism participants produced some amazing posters. Thanks to staff at Longsight Library and to artists Jo Ford and Natalie Linney for leading the screen printing class. Thanks too to Archives+ for funding the activity.

I learnt about Ahmed and the courageous initiatives of his family. It made me think how we ‘evolved’ today and that we should always make others aware of racism. Teenage participant

The best day of my life!  Amelia, age 5

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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.

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…