Friday, 17 December 2010

Palace Post 7

The french windows of the ballroom were edged with the finest hand carved woodwork, painted gold, it made a magnificent frame  for the view outside 

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Palace Post 6

Yesterday evening 15 cubs and their leaders came to the Winter Palace. Here is a peep at some of the things they did.

and what we did earlier in the day...
tea at the Palace!!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Palace Post 5

The Winter Palace was famous for its chandeliers, jeweled, glittering and shiny. People travelled from near and far to admire their splendour

Monday, 6 December 2010

Palace Post 4

Extra Winter Palace Workshop

Sunday 12th Dec  at  44 Sadler Gate, Derby


All ages welcome

Mysterious Interior - Giant Peep Box

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Palace Post 3

Due to the very snowy weather, the artists are unable to work in the shop today, Thursday 2 Dec and tomorrow Friday 3 Dec, however we hope to be back in the shop on Sunday 5 Dec for the drop-in workshop.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Palace Post 2

On Sunday 5th December 1.30pm  - 3.30pm we will be running another transformation workshop from the Winter Palace at 44 Sadler Gate, Derby (the old ARK shop),
Snow bunting 
Using plastics, cellophane and acetate, sequins, and threads to fuse and trap decorative snowflakes. Create festive bunting to decorate our Winter Palace. 
stARTling Chandeliers
Twist and bend wire to form amazing pieces for our chandeliers. finish off by decorating with a variety of recycled and "found" objects.

An invitation to our Closing Event 
On Saturday 18th December 10.30am  - 2.30pm
For anyone who takes part in our workshop, or visits the "Winter Palace" during our opening times to help us with any part of the transformation, you will recieve an invitation which entitles you to a glass of wine and snacks.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Palace Post 1

The ice birds are flying into the Winter Palace gardens, they are making their nests in the snow covered topiary trees.......
Last Saturday we ran a drop in creative workshop where anyone was welcome to join us in making birds and weaving nests. Despite the sudden snowy weather a group of people came, friends met old friends, and made new friends, making and chatting and drinking tea.......... it was what we hoped for, a very pleasant social event!!! 
Opening times below, we would be pleased to see you, bring a friend!

Opening Times

Opening times for the Winter Palace at 44 Sadler Gate, Derby (the old Ark shop) an empty shop residency.

Drop-In Workshop
Sunday 5th December    1.30pm - 3.30pm  
we will be making recycled chandeliers and snow bunting for the palace display.
All welcome!!

Other openings
Thursday 2nd December        1pm - 2.30pm
Friday 3rd December              10.30am - 12pm
Monday 6th December           1pm - 2.30pm
Wednesday 8th December     10.30am - 12pm
Thursday 9th December         10.30am - 12pm
Wednesday 15th December    10.30am - 2.30pm
Thursday 16th December       10.30am - 12pm
Friday 17th December             10.30am - 2.30pm

During the opening times the artists will be working to create pieces of work to adorn and decorate the Winter Palace -  an Embellished Backdrop, Mysterious Interior and Winter Silhouettes
with the help of invited groups and anyone else who wants to drop in and have a go at printing, painting, sewing or collage.
Closing event Saturday 18th December   10.30am - 2.30pm
Come and join us for mulled wine and view the work created in the Winter Palace before it is reclaimed.

More lanterns.......

We made stars at Sandiacre Friesland school for the Long Eaton Christmas light switch on Friday 2nd December.

Monday, 29 November 2010

The Winter Palace - an Empty Shop Project

We are really excited to be part of Derby City Council's empty shop project. It's taken a lot of organising beforehand as we plan to run some workshop sessions in the space (and it is a BIG space). We will also have a number of opening days when anyone can drop in and help us create pieces for the Winter Palace theme.
Watch out for further  Palace Posts.
We are at 44 Sadler Gate Derby until the 19th December ( the old ARK shop) please drop in and see what we are doing.

Lantern workshops at Kirk Hallam Community College

We made some cone shaped lanterns at Kirk Hallam Community College for the procession for Ilkeston  Christmas light switch on (Friday 27th November)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

"Big Draw" in the Orangery

We were invited by Diane from Artblock to take part in a Big Draw event in the Arboretum. We worked in  the old Orangery which was a very beautiful space. We made windsocks, recycled notebooks and peep boxes. If you have never been to the Arboretum in Derby check it out, it is a wonderful space and there is a cafe too!
peeping in the box

our decorated sample

and the other side

really, could we have brought more stuff!!!!

the peep box table

the orangery

Friday, 22 October 2010

Co-operating at Firs Estate School

We delivered some busy workshops at Firs Estate School at the beginning of October for the Midlands Coop. We printed some great healthy eating bunting to drape around the dining halls.

Thanks to Tanya from the Midlands Coop and helper Jenny for asking us to be involved.
Thanks also to Mrs Moore and all the staff and children at Firs Estate School.

Its lantern time again...

Here are some photos from our lantern projects.
We are looking forward to working on this years Erewash Festival of Lights projects -
Christmas Lights Switch On at Ilkeston on Friday 26 Nov 6pm
and at Long Eaton on Friday 3 Dec 6pm.
Hope to see you there.

 Ilkeston School Workshops

Ilkeston Christmas Lights Switch On 2009

Kensington Primary School

Redhill Primary School

Wire & Tissue Lanterns with Artery Group

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

We have been invited to.....

 Thanks to Tracy who asked us to work on this project and also to all the school children who came to make the well dressings.

Our involvment with the Groundwork project to celebrate the Nottingham tram. we worked with some schools in Nottingham to make well dressings depicting the old and new trams. 
First we visited each school to talk about making a well dressing and all the processes involved in getting the clay into the frame, the design onto the clay and the build up of the finished image. 
We left them with some design sheets and asked them to think of some ideas for the final design. 
The teacher at each school then sent us all the children's designs. We looked through them and picked out popular and interesting images and then collaged them ( hurrah for photoshop and a scanner ) into the final design.
A week or so later we were back at the schools to make the well dressing with the children.

Think inside the box

The photos are taken at the preview of an exhibition  showing at the  Mary Potter centre in Hyson Green, Nottingham. The exhibition is a culmination of a 10 week art project we worked on with a fantastic group of people. Here is the description of the exhibition written by Frances who commisioned us for the project;

Think inside the box!
An exhibition of artwork created by and designed for people with visual impairments.

Over ten weeks six creative participants; Debbie, Tammie, Trevor, Pushortum, Tom and Derek have been working with Jenny and Maureen from Spiral Arts to create artwork for this exhibition. They have worked with clay, mod-roc, papier-mache, print-making, weaving, poetry, sound recording and aromatherapy.

The mysteries that lie within these boxes represent the participants own personalities in the form of sight, smell, sound and touch. You will enjoy some poetry from Derek and some West African Drumming from Trevor. Just like the artwork in this exhibition, visually impaired sight is unique to each person.

This exhibition encourages the viewer to ‘think outside the box’ when experiencing art as all the work in this exhibition can be enjoyed through alternative senses to sight such as touch, sound and smell. Open the doors to enjoy the multi-sensory experiences that the participants have prepared for you …