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Friday 10th Dec

Last week saw the Heart Gardeners getting into the festive and creative spirit making innovative, handmade Christmas decorations. Using lots of natural materials such as laurels, holly, pine cones and even some figs! Most of the material were leftovers from the wreath-making workshop the week before.


Some more photos here.

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Artist Tim Norris is currently on site at Oxford Brookes University Campus.  Working on site to complete the sculptural seating feature for the nature park .

The sculpture is constructed from Oxfordshire Green Oak, Soil and Grass. The location is home to a number of rare grassland species including the White bee orchid. Tim hopes the wild flowers will also collonise the sculpture.

The work is due to be completed in Jan 2011.

Further images of Tim’s work can be found at www.timnorris.co.uk

We’ve recently found another ceramicist to use our kiln room for well…making all things ceramic. In response to a current project, our new ceramicist Mario has put together a series of small sessions for Art in the Park staff and artists to make some sample ceramics for it.

Using leftover clay from previous projects (nothing goes to waste here!), the first session involved molding the clay into the desired shapes. Before firing them up in the kiln, they have to be left out to slowly dry. To do this, we have alternated between covering them up in cling film and leaving them out in the open. More updates when it comes!

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Hayward Gallery, London. Photograph taken by M...

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Art in the Park recently attended the MOVE exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in Southbank Centre. The pieces in the gallery are intended to involve visitors in ways not normally expected.

…invites you to become a participant – or even a dancer – in installations and sculptures by internationally renowned visual artists and choreographers…explores the historical and current relationship between visual arts and dance…Performances are woven into an exhibition of sculptural works, set pieces and installations, which can be activated by the public and by a group of resident performers in the gallery.

excerpt from introduction of MOVE Gallery

A favourite piece of ours included Isaac Julien‘s Ten Thousand Waves (2010) which was a cinematic nine screen installation of three separate stories. One of the these riveting stories told of the tragedy that occurred in north east England in 200 when a team of Chinese cockle-pickers were drowned in Morecambe Bay. It truly does pull you, physically because of the multi-screens and mentally because of its composition. A definite must-see!

Another favourite of ours was the Christian Jankowski’s Rooftop Routine (2007), a hula hoop workout encouraging and teaching participants to try this hip-moving skill.

Others include Mike Kelley‘s playful Adaptation, Tania Bruguera‘s disturbing Untitled (Kassel) (2002), Lygia Clark‘s sensory The House in the Body (1968), William Forsythe’s gruelling The Fact of Matter (2009) and Bruce Nauman‘s unsettling Green Light Corridor (1970s).

Here are some pictures of some of our staff participating in the exhibition.

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You may have seen from our previous post on the prepping for the Christmas wreath-making workshop.

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson, supported by several volunteers, ran a drop-in Christmas wreath-making workshop last saturday in the AIP studios. Using all natural or recycled materials such as clippings of plants such as Holly, Laurel and Ivy, provided by Southwark Parks, pine cones and seed pods and colourful and glittering fabrics, threads and wires.

There was a good turnout, with lots of families and a sizeable group of Young Friends of Burgess Park. Using the same materials people made large decorations to hang on the outdoor Christmas Tree outside Chumleigh Cafe and wreaths to take away for their own homes.

Here for more pictures.

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When it’s icy, snowing and the ground is frozen, there’s not much gardening to do!

Dust off snow that’s heavy on branches which may snap under its weight but leave the blanket over plants to insulate them.

Keep the birds coming into the garden by feeding them high-energy snacks.We made bird food from lard, bird-seed, figs and apples and poured it into toilet roll holders to hang in the trees. Birds like blackbirds, blue tits and robins are the organic gardeners’ friend – they eat all the pests like aphids and caterpillars that munch our plants!

Heart Gardener Jo ventured to clear the last of the cosmos which was hit by the frost.

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