I recently attended a creative writing workshop taster session at Swarthmore Education Centre in Leeds, as part of an Arts and Minds Network event. This is the result of one of the exercises of free writing that we did. Based on the letter written by Robert Pirosh and sent to Hollywood film studios, we were asked to compose our own.
I never realised that when we given the topic of writing a letter of application based on ‘I like…’ with our own subject choice, that I would get so carried away with liking lists so much! I quite enjoyed the brief exercise, and maybe I should take up creative writing after all.
This workshop was in response to Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move, which is the current exhibition at The Tetley. The exhibition explores the relationships between performance, installation, costume display, stage design, sculpture and props.
For my workshop the idea was to make stick people out of pipe cleaners, straws and beads, so that they were movable. Using a light to create shadow, you can trace their movements as you bend, and manipulate their position.
It was a therapeutic workshop, and adults and children alike told me that creating their stick people was calming and it was nice to sit down and do something relaxing with their family.
A selection of the dancing stick people:
I have been at Kirkgate Leeds Market twice in the last week, working with children on marvellous Halloween creations. Firstly on the Saturday for Same Difference Arts making Halloween monsters out of paper, and then on Tuesday helping with Playful Anywhere with the crafts.
Halloween Monsters – the first photo are the prototypes I created, and the next three are samples of what the children created. I really love the pumpkin, that face looks wonderful.
I had a wonderful helper for an hour or so, a young boy of 8. He learnt quickly how to make the pom poms, and offered to show others. He fetched things for me, and kept me entertained with his stories, introducing me to his little sister, and telling me about his family – he can speak four languages, but only three fluently! I was so impressed with his attitude, I asked him to point out his mother, and I simply had to let her know what a lovely helpful son she had, he was an absolute star!
Above – Create a Spooky Story, using story cubes. If you don’t have any cubes with pictures on, you can create your own with standard dice and a selection sheet, this is the spooky one I made (opens as a PDF).
Pumpkin den building, pom pom spiders, and simply being creative!
click on the image above to find out more about the event
On 29th September until 13th October, I will be showing the culmination of a year of collecting tennis balls. Images of discarded and destroyed tennis balls that is!
Hosted at the Union Coffee House, we will be holding a one off special dog friendly viewing on 6th October.
Visit Eventbrite to book your ticket and bring your pet pooch (or just come to meet all the other pet pooches).
Google Maps satellite image showing the area which the photos were taken. My walks take me over the common at the top, into the Abbey House gardens, around the Abbey parkland, along the river, and through the woodlands at the bottom.
About Union Coffee House
A unique community space and venue to hire in the heart of the city. All the furniture in the cafe is for sale, including the chairs you’ll be sitting on. Their furniture is a mixture of up-cycled/pre-loved and handmade, and they can create bespoke furniture to suit their customers. All their suppliers are local small independent businesses or social enterprises. The charity that they are currently working with is LS14 Trust in Seacroft. It is a quirky place that is quick to make you feel welcome and at home.
click on the map below for directions
This is exhibition is part of Love Arts Festival, a yearly festival held in Leeds as a celebration of mental wellbeing and the arts, click on the image below to see the full the programme.