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Making Mosaics

With the help of insprational  ceramic artist Gabrielle Naptali, Ingleton has made a spectacular mosaic which both commemorates the loss of the old railway station and celebrates the site’s reincarnation as Ingleborough Community Centre. Lots of people came to the workshops – and the whole comuunity was involved – everyone aged 8 to 80. The mosaic, which took a matter of days to complete, depicts a series of images, including a compass, a steam train and a wheel representing Ingleton viaduct. The mosaic has yet to be mounted but should be installed at front the Centre soon.

In the meantime, here’s the story of it’s creation….

Without this, nothing would have got done...

Without this, nothing would have got done…

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Gaby explains the ideas behind her design...

Gaby explains the ideas behind her design…

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Getting started…

Making smoke...

Making smoke…

Many hands make light work

Many hands make light work

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It was a huge community effort

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Gaby adds the final pier

Gabyadds the final piece

The finished mosaic

The finished mosaic

A job well done

A job well done

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Happy Endings with Saviour Pirotta

Mr Pirotta came back. He said he would. And he did.

So what stories did he have to tell this time? Disturbing ones, gruesome even. Perhaps too gruesome to repeat. Perhaps not. It depends on whether you think that tales involving apparitions appearing in abandoned railway tunnels, or the dead rising from their graves for a big party, or rotting, animated cadavers demanding their body parts back are gruesome. Some of Year 5 and 6 did, some didn’t….

Year 5 are  enraptured by Saviour's gruesome stories...

Year 5 are enraptured by Saviour’s gruesome stories…

We told him hideous stories in return. Tales of loom bands growing teeth and eating people alive, worlds taken over by poo and playdoh monsters. Of Assassins and mutants. Of alien invaders. Stories that would make a horse sick.

Saviour helps Year 6 develop their stories

Saviour helps Year 6 develop their stories

But not all the stories were shocking. Some were sad, some were fun. A monkey that couldn’t swing, kidnapped lion cubs, and an adventure in the Bermuda Triangle. Mr Pirotta was very impressed with these tales. He hoped that when they were finished we could email them to him. He said he would put the best ones on this blog….

Stories, ideas, plans...

Stories, ideas, plans…

Later, we looked at endings. This was appropriate – Mr Pirotta’s workshops were coming to an end. But before we looked at endings, we looked at beginnings. Mr Pirotta asked us to write the opening of our stories and the close. Each piece had to be no more than 200 words, and sentences could not be more than 5 words long. Mr Pirotta explained that this would help us focus our stories.

So we did. And we read them out. Mr Pirotta was impressed again. Even a bit jealous. You can see why by listening to the endings here…

Mr Pirotta helped us find better ways to tell our stories. The best example of this was at the last session, when we were writing about endings and foreshadowing. Veronica, who is writing her own life story, brought in Susie, a doll she has had since she was a little girl. We all met Susie, who was very old, and needed special care and attention. Veronica told us how she and Susie became friends, how she wanted Susie more than anything else, and how she had been everywhere with her. Mr Pirotta suggested that Veronica tell her story through Susie’s constant and watchful gaze. This was an epiphany for Veronica! Everything suddenly fell into place – yes that was the way she could tell her story!

Left: We all meet Veronica's doll Susie Right: Veronica (left) with Susie when she was a little girl

Left: We all meet Veronica’s doll Susie Right: Veronica (left) with Susie when she was a little girl

We are sorry Mr Pirotta has to leave us. But it doesn’t mean we will stop writing. In fact, Mr Pirotta wants to hear from us again, and is happy to help if we need advice. We’re hoping to continue the group and meet regularly in the library sharing stories we can tell…

To be continued…

Celebrating Photography in Local History Month

We were really inspired by a talk that local historian Malcolm Culshaw gave last week in Ingleton. Malcolm, who has lived in Ingleton for over 50 years, found out about the Creative Residencies projects when he attended the unveiling of the sculpture created by artist Jaki Bogg. When we told him we’d be running Photography workshops in the Summer he mentioned that he had a collection of old photographic slides of Ingleton, and he offered to put on a slideshow and a talk to help generate interest in the project. We nearly bit his hand off! Here are some of the highlights from his talk….

Malcolm sets up the show

Malcolm sets up the show

Malcolm shows us where the old railway line to the quarry used to be.

The building of the Community Centre in the early 1970s. This where the station used to be, and where the library is now.

The building of the Community Centre in the early 1970s. This where the station used to be, and where the library is now.

A big ton of rubble! This tower used to be on top of Ingleborough, but only for a very short time. On it's official opening night it was knocked down in a drunken brawl! The remains can still be seen at the top of Ingleborough today.

A big ton of rubble! This tower used to be on top of Ingleborough, but only for a very short time. On it’s official opening night it was knocked down in a drunken brawl! The remains can still be seen at the top of Ingleborough today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old railway bridge near Westhouse, just before it was knocked down. Malcolm would have taken a few more of it, but he ran of film!

The old railway bridge near Westhouse, just before it was knocked down. Malcolm would have taken a few more of it, but he ran out of film!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re really looking forward to when the Photography Skills Workshops start in July. The artist we’ll be working with is Rebecca Heim who is based in Leeds. The first workshops will be at Ingleton Library on Friday 11th July from  2 – 4.30 pm, and then the week after on Saturday 19th July where we’ll be encouraging you all to take photos of Gala Day in Ingleton, and then throughout the Summer! We want you take photos where ever and whenever you are – on days trips, on nights out, in the morning or in the evening. You can use any camera you like, whether it’s on your phone, tablet, or your Nikon (other Cameras are available), we’d like you chronicle your life in Ingleton…

Music Workshops Day 3 Part 1

Another amazing morning. We finished the third verse and the chorus, and experimented with slowing the song down. In the end, we decided to keep it upbeat. Freda brought the Keep Fit group into listen, and they were really impressed. We’re almost ready to record…

What Mary did over the weekend. The group took elements of this, and turned it into the third verse.

Mary wrote this over the weekend. The group took elements of this, and turned it into the third verse.

MORE WATERFALLS PLEASE!

MORE WATERFALLS PLEASE!

Lisa and Chris from Cambridge are staying in Lancaster. They read about the workshops in the Lancaster Guardian, and thought they'd pop along...

Lisa and Chris from Cambridge are staying in Lancaster. They read about the workshops in the Lancaster Guardian, and thought they’d pop along…

 

 

Freda brought the Keep Fit group into see us to listen to the song!

Freda brought the Keep Fit group into see us to listen to the song!

Music Workshops Day 2 Part 2

A really exciting afternoon – we completed and demoed our first song ‘Animal Diner’ Next time we’re going to write a brand new song. You’ll be able hear the songs soon!

Rich went to the toilet and came back looking like this. Only Rich (now Tigerboy), knows what happened.

Rich went to the toilet and came back looking like this. Only Rich (now Tigerboy), knows what happened.

Claire and Jonathan jazz up the session!

Claire and Jonathan jazz up the session!

Rich has said something and Shauna just cracks up. She was like this for about 5 minutes...

Rich has said something and Shauna just cracks up. She was like this for about 5 minutes…

 

Daniel plays the riff

Daniel plays the riff

Hollie and her ukulele with Tigerboy

Hollie and her ukulele with Tigerboy

Music Workshops Day 2 Part 1

A really productive morning – we came up with two verses and the bridge. Our homework was to think about the chorus and the last verse…who knows what Monday will bring!

The song takes shape

The song takes shape

Mary comes up with some words

Mary comes up with some words

Writing lyrics, Bowie style!

Writing lyrics, Bowie style!

Ron and Mary

Ron and Mary

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Ready for work on a sunny Thursday morning....

Ready for work on a sunny Thursday morning….

Music Workshops Day 1 Part 2

Catherine, a Fiddler from Loughborough, came to play with us.

Catherine, a Fiddler from Loughborough, came to play with us.

The fire alarm went off, but we kept playing anyway...

The fire alarm went off, but we kept playing anyway…

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Playing SPLAT!

Playing SPLAT!

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Hollie sorts the lyrics

Hollie sorts the lyrics

Ideas

Ideas

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More ideas

More ideas

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Playing the riff

Playing the riff

Perfecting the keyboard part

Perfecting the keyboard part