This years Belladrum is a Bollywood extravaganza, the festival director contacted me once again to see what I could contribute.
I like festival artwork to be interactive and of course colourful. I designed a series of mandala inspired circular patterns that could be spun around. Lots of them hung together creates a large scale striking installation.
Impact Arts’ Cashback for Communities-funded programme – entitled Cashback to the Future – this year engaged over 100 young people in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire in in-depth creative workshops led by artists who offered masterclasses in visual arts music, performance and digital work.
Aimed at 12-19 year olds who are all vulnerable in some way due to mental health concerns or social/economic background. These workshops offered a free, safe and creative space for participants to be inventive and imaginative.
I was the lead artist for visual art in the Edinburgh part of the project. We were based in the learning centre of the National Museum of Scotland. I designed the activities to be fun and engaging and tried to created a relaxed and social atmosphere.
We started with some short activities to introduce the course and get to know each other, moving on to building skills and learning new techniques.
Light Graffiti – always a great starter as it is fun and physical and you dont need to worry about how good you are at drawing.
Shaving foam printing, nails art, paper craft, thread painting, yarn bombing, willow construction……all the fun!
From this point the participants were free to develop their own personal work for exhibition using their new skills. We also worked on a series of large scale collaborative works.
Showcasing our work
We showcased our work firstly in Edinburgh for our family and friends and then we took our work to Paisley Abbey to share our work with all the other young people involved in the project across all areas.
Campsie View is a school for children with a range of additional support needs. I have been working with this school for a year to develop the childrens engagement with visual art. This term with have focussed on the “Under the sea”. We have been hugely productive.
We started by exploring light as that was something the children from the last block really enjoyed. We use hair gel and food colouring to create these ocean bags. They were very sensory, the children enjoy how they looked and felt. We then expanded on this light work by making shadow puppets.
The children have also been working with a dancer, a musician and a singer. We were working towards a showcase so we make a backdrop and some costume elements. We also continued to work or exhibition of work.
Campsie View is a school for children with a range of additional support needs. I worked with the senior pupils to explore city life. The children were interested in vehicles, cars and planes. We create a set which included 3d clouds and decorated some aeroplanes. We had lots of fun playing with the planes and trying to get them through the cloud shaped holes. The children enjoyed the fact that they made their own game.
I worked in collaboration with musician Kirsty Hamilton and Kilsyth Primary School to create a musical art trail for the schools outdoor learning space. The project was funded by One Family.
Myself and Kirsty delivered a series of workshops to all classes in the school. The children experimented with musical instruments and learned how they work. They then got to design their own instruments and helped to build and decorate them.
I was paired with St Crispins School to help them create a film for The Awfey Huge Variety Show at the Festival Theatre.
I worked with the children to create a suitcase theatre complete with set changes and a series of puppets.
We passed this on to Jane McInally who created this amazing animation to showcase our work. Click link to see animation.
I was commissioned by Sustrans to work with Coalburn Primary school to design a map board to be sited on the NCN – 74 cycle route running beside the village. The brief was to engage with the children at Coalburn Primary School to rethink the standard map board design.
I worked with each class at the school to explore themes that could inform the design. I designed a series of activities for the children that enabled me to collect their ideas and inspire their creativity.
Some images from the sessions –
From this I was able to design a shape for the board that reflected the heritage and community of the area. The area has a strong mining heritage and this was reflected by a bing shape board with a narrow gauge railway shape. I have worked with the local heritage society to put together the information for board.
Metal work in production