Monday, 27 September 2010

Great News - We are on the provider lists

We are very glad to say we are on 
Approved Provider List for
Children and Young People’s Services in Derby
We hope the database will be up and running soon.


Derbyshire County Council Approved Provider List
Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP)
go to
and enter Spiral Arts in the 'service' field to see the kind of projects we can provide

SureStart Heanor - May 2010

We had a great time working with the Dad's Group and the After School Club at the Children's Centre in Heanor.
We got messy with paint and collage on giant canvases

And made mini mosaics with fish tank gravel and clay

Three Wishes For Derby

Derby City Council wanted to plan for the next 15 years and wanted to know what people's vision would be for the city. So they asked Spiral Arts to create a wishing tree and travel around venues in Derby asking people what their three wishes would be for Derby 2026…

We visited Royal Derby Hospital, Mackworth Library, Sinfin Library, Derby Bus Station, Mickleover Fun Day, Derby Pride Festival, Stockbrook Community Fun Day, Silk Mill Museum, Oakwood Gala, Park Farm Shopping Centre, Market Place Fun Day and The Lighthouse Centre. Phew....

The Wishing Tree certainly turned a few heads...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Some well dressings, a mosaic and a lantern installation

Well Dressing at the village fete
Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, Nottingham

Well Dressing for Roundhill Community Fun Day, Beeston

Derby City Well Dressing at the
Quad Arts & Media Centre

Well Dressing celebrating
Markeaton Primary School's centenary

Pebble mosaic at
Redhill Primary School, Ockbrook

Chinese Lanterns at Redhill Primary School

Long Eaton Brownies - Giant Canvas and Collage

We were commissioned by Long Eaton Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team to make exciting artwork to exhibit in the town’s empty shops with the local Long Eaton Brownie Pack.
We created colourful meadow scenes onto giant canvases.

The brownies were encouraged to look at impressionist painters such as Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir to get ideas and inspiration for their own works of art. They used acrylic paints and collage techniques to produce the canvases.

We worked with a great group of Brownies and the work looked great too.

Many thanks to the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Long Eaton Brownie Pack 

Erewash Festival Of Light Oct 09 - Feb 10

We had a busy time working with 4 schools for 4 festivals and created a rangoli/well dressing and over 100 willow and tissue lanterns. We worked with :-

Grange Primary School - Rangoli Design combined with a traditional Well Dressing for Diwali
Kensington Primary - Globe Lanterns for Chinese New Year

Ilkeston School - Star and Icicle Lanterns for Ilkeston Christmas Light Switch On

Sawley Junior School - Cone-shaped Lanterns for the Winter Solstice

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

After school clubs

Here are some photos of things we made at a few after school clubs
Chinese Dragon for the New Year
Beautiful Chinese lanterns at Grampian School, Sinfin
Processional puppet made at Redwood Primary, Sinfin in their arts week(made in 1 day actually)
A gypsy caravan and back drop made in 6 after school sessions at Redwood Primary for their outdoor play.

First things first

It's been a while since we last blogged. Where did those months go????? We have been busy, so much to say, but first things first......
Thanks to Lucy's dad for sorting us out a website
Wirksworth Festival - we were there, on the trail with.......tepees. Many thanks to the primary schools at Brassington, Bonsall, Carrsington & Hopton and Kirk Ireton for letting us come and work with you on your first day/s of the new school year.
Also thanks to Wirksworth Cof E Infant school for letting us use their grounds at short notice  - a safer option than the skate park we thought. We were sorry that we had to take the tepees away after the weekend........but they had been promised to the other schools.
Each tepee represented a different aspect of the environment  - up in the air, under the ground, deep in the ocean and in the rainforest. We asked the children to think about what it would be like to live in these different environments, what they might, see, do or hear.
We had some amazing suggestions such as "cloud hopping" "sky surfing" "going to school on a dolphin" and living in a treehouse with a slide to get down"