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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…

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!

Eastfield Songs!! Teens recycled at Eastfield House

Sharon took musician Rich Huxley to Eastfield House Day Centre to work with some of the residents there.

They were lovely sessions, with lots of shared memories, some funny, some emotional.

You can hear the song we wrote as a result here http://soundcloud.com/creativeresidencies/teens-recycled

We hope you’ll like it as much as we do.

 

 

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 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

Mixed Media Art Sessions

There’s still time to get involved in Jaki Bogg’s Art Workshops sessions at Ingleton Library to create a sculpture for Ingleton. Sessions are FREE, all materials are provided. Sessions are taking place on the following Wednesdays: 26th March and 2nd April. Join us on Saturday 5th April 10 – 12 noon for a special celebration event where the work will be exhibited and Jaki will be available to answer questions about the piece. Free refreshments.