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August 15, 2010

All The Skills return to Sunnyside Park

Filed under: circus skills, Community, Visual arts — alltheskills @ 5:12 pm

There is a saying that “the sun shines on the righteous” and shine it did on Sunnyside Park this weekend….

Tiger Carving in Sunnyside Park

This weekend All The Skills returned to Sunnyside Park, Great Lever, Bolton to be part of the annual community fun day. However, this year was extra special as the park has also secured funding to produce a wild flower garden and at the day there was live wood carving resulting in a fantastic tiger sculpture. The tiger was designed by local children and will be a focal point of the garden.

Kate hard at work with local children making flower

To celebrate the new flower garden Kate worked with local children to produce several large decorative flowers to be hung in the garden as well as individual sparkly/glittery  flowers to take home.

a beautiful flower ready to be displayed

Sean and Naomi were kept busy helping residents young and old to master a variety of circus skills before sending everyone home with a balloon animal.

Let’s hope that despite Council cutbacks this event will continue to happen. As organiser Donnette Foster says,

“These days are all about getting the community out on the park having fun together…”


August 5, 2010

Crosland Moor Allstars Fun day

Filed under: african drumming, circus skills, Community, Visual arts — alltheskills @ 1:20 pm

Maggie from The Lawrence Batley Theatre taking part in the circus workshop

All The Skills have previously worked with The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on several occassions bringing circus skills, visual art and dance to different groups.

Last Sunday the LBT invited All The Skills to run a circus workshop in their “Imagine Tent” as part of the activities at Crosland Moor Allstars Fun day. Participants had a go at plate spinning, diabolos, flower stick, juggling, poi spinning and making their own balloon animals.

As our workshop was only an hour long Sean and Naomi decided to make the most of the other activities available…a rare treat when usually we are working all day at these kind of events. Sean had an ice cream (proper ice cream not that stuff pumped through a machine!) and Naomi had her face painted!

It was also a chance to meet up with a few old friends…the Sound Jata West African drummers who we worked with on the Fire in the Sky event and Kate Woodfield visual artist extraordinaire. Kate will be back with us in a few weeks at Sunnyside Park in Great Lever.

SoundJata African drummers

Naomi getting into character after having her face painted

December 17, 2009

Art activity with 3rd Stage

Filed under: Community, Visual arts — alltheskills @ 9:28 pm

Since September members of 3rd Stage in Huddersfield have been working with local Artist Kate Woodfield learning a variety of art and drawing techniques.

These include drawing each other, making paper cut pictures, making books and scratching patterns into a waxed surface.

The group really enjoyed the session, one lady saying that Kate had given her lots of helpful tips to improve her work.

August 18, 2009

One gig-three artists

Filed under: circus skills, Community, Visual arts — alltheskills @ 8:12 pm
Kate hard at work!

Kate hard at work!

Last Sunday All The Skills sent three artists to a community fun day held at Sunnyside Park in Great Lever.

As usual Sean and Naomi were in charge of teaching circus skills to children and their grown ups but for this event we were joined by visual artist Kate Woodfield. Kate was kept very busy for two hours making willow and tissue fairies and aliens. The large alien was left to be displayed at the community centre which I think is very fitting as many people from the surrounding streets were involved in decorating it.

There was a real buzz about the day with plenty of different attractions including a fancy dress competition using recyclable materials, a dog show, cake show and guess the theme tune competition and party dances with Magic Mark.

The event was one of the friendliest and best attended park gigs we have done in Bolton this summer.

A massive well done to  Donnette Foster and her team for organising such a brilliant fun day.

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