Archive by Author | sarahwakeford

Kickstart Day @ XL Arts and Employability

The aim was to give 100 teenagers from North Lanarkshire a taste of what its like to do my job. I focused on my work for music festivals as I thought it would appeal to their imagination. I asked them to create monsters from clay imagining that they were huge scale so people at a festival could walk around them and climb on them. Some great results and a lot of fun.



Once Upon My Time – 2015

I have been working with nursery children at Crawforddyke Primary to create shadow puppet images. The images will be published in the childrens our storybooks all about them. the will not go on to work with a storyteller to complete the project.




Be Safe Project Returns

I have been busy running CPD training for nursery practitioners from all over South Lanarkshire. About eight years ago I created an education resource with the areas cultural coordinators to help teachers to introduce children to child protection issues. The resource focuses on the early warning signs and a network of support all tackled in an easy and fun way through art activities. Since we developed the resource it was proved to be very popular, effective and has been use each year in many establishments. As the resource is still very relevant we did not need to update it and we received funding to run another set of training sessions all around the county.

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Bella Art 2015

Its festival time again and I am delighted to be back at Belladrum. This time with two colourful installations after the success of the horses last year.

Eyes on you
Inspired by the googley eye craze I created some eye lanterns to give the trees some personality.



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Umbrella Walkway
This is not a new idea but perfect for this festival, colourful and fun.


Mugstock Umbrellyfish


MugStock is a new boutique festival of music, performance, food, drink and extraordinary occurrences, set amid the stunning natural surroundings of Mugdock Country Park, just north of Glasgow. I was asked by the festival director to create a colourful art installation for the site. Mugdock park is very near to Strathblane so we thought it would be great to involve the pupils at Strathblane Primary.

The idea
Inspired by this (spotted in chang mai) and a previous workshop I delivered in the lyceum theatre.

Work with Strathblane Primary to create lots of jellyfish umbrellas (with eyes this time). Tentacles. These umbrellas will be joined together and strung up to create a magical covered space. Great for hiding from sun or rain.

Umbrellyfish prototype

The workshops

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You can view the umbrellyfishes during the festival Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August, MugDock Country Park, Near Glasgow.

Community Hub Consultation – Tillydrone

I led primary 4/5 at Riverbank School through a series of fun visual art activities so they could get involved in the community consultation for the new community hub. We covered themes of community, location, design and functionality.

Community Jigsaw

Each piece of this jigsaw represents one person in the community. It shows what is important to them, their families, their interests and hopes for the future. These jigsaw pieces are fitted together to create an overall picture of what is important to Tillydrone community.

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Future Tillydrone – a day in the life
The children were asked to time travel into the future and imagine the community hub has already been built.
• They have chosen a location for the hub and drawn what they think it should look like.
• They have imagined a day in their life where they use the hub. They have drawn their journey on that day from home to the hub and all their adventures.
• Smiley faces on the map mark their favourite places
• Exclamation marks show areas that they feel need regeneration.

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Transformer rooms – Sharing spaces

We discussed the importance of creating a hub that can be used for lots different functions and by lots of different groups. We designed multifunctional spaces that can transform to suit the needs of all sort of activities.
We had lots of clever ideas
• Tables that fold down for meetings after a fitness class has used the space.
• An animal petting area to help with stress
• Moveable walls to change the space and size of rooms
• Outdoor space with temporary roof in case of rain
• Underground rooms to make the most of the space, cinema club maybe or sports hall
• A welcome person who can tell you everything that is happening in the hub that day

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Light Art Elective @ Portland High

I worked with students from Portland High for 6 weeks.
The school offers day support to young people who need special educational provision ( emotional, behavioral, social difficulties).
To keep the students engaged, inspired and motivated we worked on a different project each session. We tackled various forms of light art with an encouraging yet stress free approach.
Some highlights of the students work –


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