Following the success of our Land Art sculpting at our recent Spring Fayre, we were invited to deliver a similar event at the Bridge Development Community Day on 19th August.
Tim and Amanda kindly volunteered to host the experience and the results were amazing! The local community visitors threw themselves into the designs and came up with some beautiful sculptures, ranging from mandala patterns, to faces and dancer figures.
A great community engagement tool, as well as art workshop, we’ll certainly be using this model in future events.
Not long now and our Green Man will be rising from the Spring earth of Central park to brighten up your weekend.
Join us this Saturday 20th May for our biennial Spring Arts Fayre in association with Dartford Borough Council:
MUSIC / DANCING / ART COMPETITION / ARTS / CRAFTS / BUY / MAKE / WATCH / PARTICIPATE / OBSERVE / FOOD / DRINK / FOLK BAND / SEA SHANTIES / UNIQUE GREEN MAN CRAFT BEER / POPCORN / JEWELLERY / LAND ART / SCULPTURE / JESTER / BRASS BAND / BHANGRA / KIDS ACTIVITIES / FACE PAINTING and much more…
On Saturday 17th we held our second and final Plastic Fantastic workshop. Again, public response was great, with plenty of adults and children creating beautiful works of art from our treasure trove of plastic waste.
Our first guest was an adult, Ann-Marie, who had been sent our way by the Project Dirt newsletter – it was great to meet someone who had come specifically to see us and the project. Her creation was a stunning Indian-inspired elephant, complete with jewels and hand-drawn patterns.
Throughout the day we had a variety of guests, but all were inspired by the opportunity to just get stuck in and create. One girl and her brother stayed for a couple of hours, making piece after piece and adding it to the tree. You could almost see the creative urge pouring out of them!
Drawings/elephants/yoghurt pot caterpillars and sea snakes, CD sun catchers, CD case compositions, crayon pictures and paintings were all added to our tree – both on the branches and on the base.
We also chatted to visitors who were interested in the concept and drawn in by the map sculpture and images in our ‘Ideas Workshop’.
Both the map and tree sculpture are now on display in the Priory Centre Market Place for a week. The barrier we created for safety reasons was also decorated by visitors to the workshop – some with the help of our volunteer artists. They are now adorned with paintings and drawings of sea creatures and plenty of glitter!
The sculptures were formally opened this morning by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford, and will be on display until Sunday 25th September.
Dartford Arts Network would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this project possible – including:
Ellandi / Project Dirt / The Priory Centre / Wickes Dartford / Dartford Borough Council / Mayor & Mayoress of Dartford, all our workshop participants and of course, all the DAN volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to make this a success. Thank you all.
If you would like more information on how to get involved with future projects, or how to join up and become a member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, message us on Facebook, or tweet us @dartfordarts