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We had such a wonderful day on Sunday at our Art Extravaganza. As part of The Big Draw and Flock Project over 100 people visited Art in the Park to support the national campaign for drawing and explore the theme of migration. Visitors were invited to produce their own unique works of art on two of Bill Hudson’s fantastic paint machines and learn to throw a pot on the wheel in our pottery workshop.

Taking inspiration from the birds found in Burgess Park – pigeons, crows, herons, swans, woodpeckers and more! – visitors drew and cut out a silhouette of a bird of their choice. They then had the chance to paint it using one of the paint machines – either squirting paint at it from a distance, or operating a paintbrush held on the end of a 6 foot arm using pulleys and levers! Great fun!

The lovely Leyla, Art in the Park’s resident ceramicist, was also running a free workshop where people could learn to throw a pot on the wheel, and then decorate it with marks and stamps.

It was a great day and so many beautiful pots and colourful birds were made. The birds have been fixed to postcards and sent on a flight to the Ullapool, before they continue their migration to the Outer Hebrides!

More photos of the event to follow….!

This year’s Burgess Park May Fair was a huge success with lots of activities and a great turnout. There were animals from Surrey Docks Farm, face painting, a mega sports challenge, BBQ, raffle, cake stalls and an outdoor screening of Slumdog Millionaire.

Art in the Park was also involved, providing creative, artistic activities for children. Leyla Folwell‘s portable pottery wheel gathered queues of kids wanting to get stuck in and dirty!  A marquee was also set up for bunting, where children used pre-made printing blocks to put designs on fabric triangles before it was hoisted up with ribbons woven using plastic strips from shopping bags. Other artists who helped  make the day such fun were Bill Hudson, Jacob Bunton, Annie Newman, Matilda Jefferis and Jane Higginbottom.

The Heart Gardeners also chipped in with their plant stall selling variety of garden must-haves such as worm juice, taken from our very own worms.

For more pictures of the day, see Friends of Burgess Park’s links below:

May Fair: Fair-y Cakes!

May Fair: Fayre

May Fair: Making & Creating

May Fair: Books, Animals and More Cakes!

We are proud to announce that two runners will run for Art in the Park in the 2011 London Marathon! We’re also lucky to have with us two male runners by the name of Simon! I usually don’t believe in superstitions and coincidences but this has got to be a good omen. We have now registered ourselves on Virgin Money Giving and hope that you can support us by sponsoring Simon (I won’t say which one, it is up to you!).

Simon Gough

I am a 39 year old who lives in Somerset with my wife and two children. I run a small, marketing business, Redfront, and specialise in working with creative and cultural organisations.

I’ve been running, off and on, for about ten years although the last race I ran was only 10k. Having said that, a marathon is only about four times the length so it can’t be that hard…can it?

I’m recording the experience of preparing for my first ever marathon at http://mistermarathon.wordpress.com/ and am delighted to be suffering for the benefit of Art in the Park.

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Simon Maddrell

I am a 33 year old living in Islington. I work as a Head of Research for a London based Market Research company.  I have always enjoyed running and use it to relax or just distress. However saying that I never really thought about running a marathon. The training was going to be too demanding. But over the past couple of years I have been competing in Olympic distance triathlons so signed up for Art in the Park and the London marathon full of confidence.

Unfortunately my fears were right, training is tough! It’s the pain and recovery time that got me first. But after a couple of months of training it all seems to be coming into place, fingers crossed. Now it is getting a bit easier I have to say it is becoming fun and totally looking forward to the event.
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We were all blown into the class by strong winds today but this didn’t stop anybody from turning up to paint. The group are working on studies for the upcoming Silver Views exhibition in April, with some of the students progressing enough to be able to move onto painting on canvases.

Here are just some of the comments from the group:

“I am enjoying this – not quite worked like this before.”

“I just learnt how to filter in sky – beautiful!”

“…friendly class – Im learning…”

“…interesting but I feel I’m not getting there – keeps your mind occupied…”

“Very frustrating!”

As you can see, there is mixed feedback, this just goes to show that this workshop can be as challenging and delightful in ways you didn’t know. On top of this, they all said I make a good cup of tea!

The Art Group painting workshop is held every Monday 11am – 1pm and is open to all those over 50 living on the Aylesbury or SE17. Run in partnership with Southwark Pensioners Centre (SPC). See our website for more details: www.artinthepark.co.uk

About Silver Views

Silver Views is Southwark’s celebrated exhibition for the over 60s. In addition to this, the April 8th-24th will feature a fortnight of events and acitivities happening across the borough and beyond. Silver highlights the creativity of its older community through performance and exhibition opportunities, as well offering a whole range of creative, cultural, learning, physical and social experiences.

For more information on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver or for a breakdown of some of the events, see Cafe Gallery where the exhibition is to be held.

Over the holiday period, my partner and I went to visit her parents at their home in Galicia near La Coruńa in Spain. When it was New year’s eve, we followed a very old Spanish tradition by eating twelve grapes, one for each of the last twelve chimes of 2010 to bring you luck in 2011.

There was the procession of the three Kings in town on the 5th January (or here we know them as the three wise men), from their floats the three Kings threw sweets at the gathered crowd.

On the 6th January with it being King’s Day, we bought and ate some Roscón, which is a sweet, ring-shaped bread/ pastry covered in glacier cherries and sugar. A plastic toy is hidden inside once it’s made, whoever finds the toy gets good luck for the next year or you may find a bean and have to pay for the meal (not so lucky).

Some towns have major competitions involving Roscón to see who can make the largest ones.

In between all of these festivities, I had some time to do some drawing on the kitchen table.

More of my work on www.wmhudson.com