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Get creative this Wednesday – ‘It could be…!’ Workshops

Over a series of 3 exciting workshops I will be working with lots of people  to create a piece of artwork which is all about seeing the potential in rubbish…

I will talk a little bit about how I work and then we’ll get stuck in to making and gluing and stitching beautiful things for the artwork! You can come to one workshop or all three, and they are open to children and adults – the more the merrier!

The Beetroot Tree, South Street, Draycott, Derby DE72 3PP

4th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am

11th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am

18th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am


Exhibition now on!!

My work is on display at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott, Derby until the end of August. There’s a lovely cafe, shop, gallery and garden so it’s worth a visit! I’ll be running some workshops (for all ages) during the summer holidays, about how to make the most of rubbish! will post more details soon!

Playing in the Park!

Last Sunday was a very hot event at Parsons Cross Park in Sheffield!  We set up a shop where we exchanged everyones great ideas about play for junk model making stuff and much needed drinks!!


You can follow the Recycled Play project on facebook by clicking here, and becoming a fan! playful-places

Saturday 22nd May – Playful Places – A Recycled Playground Event!

recycled playParsons Cross Park in Sheffield is the place to be next Saturday! There will be fun activities to launch the start of Sheffield NOW’s Recycled Playground project, where we’ll be collaging and building with recycled materials to find out what makes you play, why play is important , and how we can design stuff to make people playful!

The event is free and fun for children and grown-ups!

Thanks for coming to Willington!

Thanks to all those that braved the bank holiday cold and rain to come along to the Willington Arts Festival! My prints and greetings cards sold well, and I got chatting to lots of interesting people so it was a good weekend all round!

11th May Volunteer Induction for The Recycled Playground Project!

The Your Sheffield NOW! Collage was woven through the trees at Endcliffe ParkThere will be a hands on workshop from 10.30 -12 next tuesday for anybody interested in getting involved in The Recycled Playground Project (described a couple of posts back!)  The workshop will be held at our Sheffield NOW! Studio at Bank Street (find directions at http://www.bankstreetarts.com/)

If you are interested call or email me, or lisa on lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com and we’ll send you some more information!

Willington Arts Festival 2010 May Bank Holiday

On the May bank holiday weekend, I’ll be at the Old School in Willington as part of the Willington Arts Festival.  As well as displaying some of my work, I will be selling prints and greetings cards.  Hopefully see some of you there!

handmade cards with recycled materials

Volunteers needed for really cool Recycled Playground project!

Sheffield NOW! (you can read about the organisation in previous posts) has just got funding through for a very exciting project that I’m going to be working on called ‘The Recycled Playground’.  We’ll be doing a series of fun, free workshops to explore parks in Sheffield and build structures out of recycled stuff that respond to specific spaces and what young people want to do/feel there. The project starts in April…

If you are interested in volunteering or you know of some good places to get recycled stuff (bottles, bags, fabric, wood etc)  get in touch with either lisa (lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com) or me – my Sheffield NOW! email is nickyward@sheffield-now.com.

Exhibition 28th June – 22nd August 2010

I will be the featured artist this summer at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott, Derbyshire.  I will exhibit some new collages alongside some pictures that have been exhibited before.  Greetings cards with prints of my work (I’ve made some out of recycled magazines) will be for sale there too – I’ll put some pictures on here soon too.

Something a bit different..

a little doodle!

When I was younger I liked creating little made-up worlds and creatures in coloured pencil – it would keep me quiet for hours!  My brother and his housemate are fans of my earlier doodles, and when my brother asked me to spend maximum 2 hours doing a small doodle for his housemates birthday, I forgot just how long I used to spend getting lost in my imagination and after 5 hrs of happily doodling away, it started me thinking about how whilst some artists will capture their thoughts with a single brushstroke of colour, I’ll happily spend ages and ages and ages intricately drawing or cutting or painting or sticking!

With the doodles, it’s the process of going into an imaginary world that I enjoy, and with my collages it’s thinking about special memories of a place or person I don’t want to forget – it’s not always simply turning an idea into a drawing – when I draw/find something to put in a collage, that will generate ideas, and the whole process normally all goes on in one drawing or collage.   I rarely, if ever sketch and develop an idea before I start it properly – the development of the idea is all on the same canvas.  Collecting all the bits and pieces and working out where they best fit helps me better understand and consolidate my thoughts about people and places, and re-live happy experiences – This probably explains why I don’t like to finish a collage!

This post is a bit long and rambling now, just wanted to write my thoughts down somewhere, and here is as good a place as any!


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