Fired Up to Make a Difference

September 24, 2015 in Events, First Fridays, Slideshow

Light Up Lancaster returned on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th November as part of Lancaster Arts City First Friday’s events and included an exciting pilot project with Green Close who invited experienced sculptures of ‘Fallas’ from Valencia in Spain to share their skills and culture with artists and communities in our city.

Artist D. Mario Gual from Valencia, Spain (http://www.mariogualdelolmo.com/web); Srta Montse Catalá – Vice President of Communication Junta Central Fallera, Valencia (http://www.fallasfromvalencia.com/en) and Dr Carmen Ríos García, from Lancaster University Department of European Languages and Cultures joined artists from Green Close and members of the general public for ‘A Falla for Lancaster’ hosted in The Thomas Storey Room at The Storey Institute.

The workshop drew a huge crowd and over 100 adults and children attended. People spent time designing a Fallas for Lancaster and came up with a number of suggestions for where the Fallas could be positioned in the city.

Take a look at this great video on YouTube, created by artist D. Mario Gual which highlights their visit to Lancaster: https://youtu.be/_Ug2ZdJb_8E 

Note: The Fallas (or Falles) is a traditional celebration, held in commemoration of San José, the Patron Saint of carpenters. Dating back from the Middle Ages when carpenters used to hang up planks of wood called ‘parots’ in the winter to support their candles when they were working, and the onset of spring when these pieces of wood would be burned as a way of celebrating the end of dark, winter working days.

All images copyright ‘Junta Central Fallera’ – the Fallas Festival Organizing Committee. With special thanks to Srta Montse Catalá – Vice President of Communication Junta Central Fallera, Valencia, Spain and Dr Carmen Ríos García, from Lancaster University Department of European Languages and Cultures - www.fallasfromvalencia.com/en

For more information about the Falla For Lancaster Project please contact Green Close - T: 015242 21233 or  E: info@greenclose.org          

 

 

 

 

 

Green Close Supports Lancaster Priory Churchyard Project

July 28, 2015 in Events, Slideshow

Green Close are delighted to announce their involvement in a local project to develop a new community facility, situated in the lower churchyard of the Priory Church of St Mary’s in Lancaster.

The project has been made possible by investment from the Lancashire Environment Fund and is being delivered in association with Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council. It will create an accessible, contemplative, open-lit space with new pathways, seating and floral gardens; opening up the lower part of the churchyard, to create a much needed new resource, connecting to the Quay Meadows sites, increasing public access and re-landscaping an overgrown, neglected area.

Support from members of the local community will be essential, offering volunteer labour and help in selecting exact locations of focal points, benches and planting.

The Revd Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster said: “I am delighted that this initiative will focus on the ancient churchyard of Lancaster Priory. So much of the history of our city is focused in this area and we hope that this project will both beautify and preserve it for use by the local community for many years to come”.

Sue Flowers, Artistic Director of Green Close added: “This is a fantastic redevelopment project, to create a new public space that encourages further heritage-led regeneration for Lancaster. We are pleased to support this project and look forward to helping provide a space for the local community to relax and enjoy one of Lancaster’s most historic landscapes”.

If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more about how you can engage with the project, please contact Green Close at E: info@greenclose.org or by telephone on 01524 221233.

On completion, Lancaster City Council has confirmed the on-going maintenance of the site

Small Village: Big Story

July 20, 2015 in Events, Slideshow

Small Village: Big Story is an exciting new art and heritage project led by Green Close that will research in detail the forgotten histories of rural villages in the Lune Valley, creating a new project archive and on-line resource for members of the public.

We intend to work with Lancaster City Museum, Lancashire Archives, The North West Centre for Regional Studies and expert historians of rural history to make this possible.

Do you know anyone that has an interesting collection of rural memorabilia and artefacts? Or anyone who would like to tell their story about village life, then we’d love to hear from them!

For the chance to chat with us, or for further information, please contact artists Sue or Pete Flowers at their studios in Melling on T: 015242 21233 or E: info@greenclose.org

International Day for Epilepsy Awareness.

March 26, 2015 in Events, Slideshow

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Purple Day on March 26th is the international day for epilepsy awareness. As you can see from our photo, this is a cause very close to our hearts!

Although fundraising is part of the day, the main aim is to raise awareness of the condition so wearing purple and talking about epilepsy is what we are encouraging people to do.

Epilepsy affects one in every hundred people and yet it is barely referenced in the media. So let’s encourage people to talk about it and reduce the stigma and ignorance.

Epilepsy affects 600,000 people in the UK. For every 6 out of 10 cases of epilepsy, there is no known cause. It is something that can happen to anybody. Some types of epilepsy start when you are very young, and some in later life. Some types last for a short time and other types can last for the whole of your life. 1 in every 1000 people with epilepsy will die in a sudden, unexpected death.

Money raised will help Epilepsy Action, the UK’s leading epilepsy charity, to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy and their families, and to fund research into this condition.

www.epilepsy.org.uk

Bowland Revealed: Free Community Workshops

December 30, 2014 in Events

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Philippe Handford

Our series of six free Community Workshops as part of the Bowland Revealed project have now come to a close.

Hosted and ran by professional artists across every district in Bowland, the workshops were a huge success with over 60 people engaging in a range of activities that included textiles, ceramics, drawing, photography, stone carving and environmental art & design.

We’ve had great feedback from many of the participants, some of which we’ve highlighted below:-

“Brilliantly tutored” 

“Great to try out a new experience just for fun and meet a fellow artist.”

“The Environmental Art & Design workshop introduced me to a form of art which I would otherwise not have tried.”

“There was a lot of freedom in the approach to the practical activities, so everyone could follow their own ideas.”

“Lovely to spend time with people who enjoy the same thing. Learnt a lot about the geology and geography of the area as well as some photographic skills.”

“The tuition was excellent, clear step by step instructions, lots of ideas and examples, informal support and advice, space to explore and try things out.”

“The whole day was excellent. I love the venue and the atmosphere was excellent.”

We very much hope to continue working with the Forest of Bowland and local communities to grow this work in the future.

Julie Miles – Ceramics Workshop

Julie Miles – Ceramics Workshop

 

Philippe Handford, Veronica Caperon and Priscilla Jones

Philippe Handford, Veronica Caperon and Priscilla Jones

 

Scandimoot

December 25, 2014 in Events

Green Close’s Global Arts Village supports

SCANDIMOOT

A Swedish Concert of traditional music & dance

Accompanied by the Lakeland Fiddlers

In Melling Institute Monday 5th May 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) A Swedish Cultural Journey: listen and learn with Josefina Paulson Saturday 3rd May 10-12pm. Suitable for everyone from age 6+

Green Close is setting off on another creative journey to explore the wonderful cultural heritage existing within rural communities around the world… Over the next few years we aim to work with village groups to focus on what makes living in the Lune Valley so very special, (not only from our beloved Melling) but also from other rural communities around the globe… we will be exploring how we can learn from each other and share our heritage creatively. To help us step back, reflect and connect with other rural communities we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting some creative arts events in May in partnership with the Scandimoot Festival (http://scandimoot.wikispaces.com) Josefina Paulson will be leading an open community workshop, whilst also taking part in a frenzy of Scandinavian folk dance and music to mark the end of the festival itself here in Melling. Josephina is originally from Västmanland, Sweden She has a bachelor of music from The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and plays the traditional Nyckelharpa.

She was described as the winner of the presitigious ‘Bror Hjorth Scholarship’ in 2011 by the jury as “technically brilliant, very committed performance on the nyckelharpa with both the preservation of cultural traditions and a gentle personal and creative rejuvenation”. One of her greatest passions is the energy and movement of popular dance fiddle music.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Concert Tickets £8 adults £5.00 children, Licensed Bar - Swedish food will be available in the interval. Workshop tickets £2 per adult £1 per child (including tea/coffee/ juice & biscuit) For tickets, or further information about the concert or workshop kindly contact Green Close Tel 015242 21233 And info@greenclose.org

How Did Your Garden Grow?

December 7, 2014 in Events

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GREEN CLOSE have been working on an exciting project exploring the unique history and heritage of the Storey Gardens in Lancaster, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over recent months, we have been working with Friends of the Storey Gardens, Dallas Road Community Primary School, Lancaster Girls Grammar and the local community to undertake audio recordings for the North West Sound Archive and to create artworks in response to the unique history of the Storey Gardens.

The project will culminate with an intimate environmental lighting experience showcasing the heritage of the Storey Gardens. Come along, be inspired and enjoy a magical evening meandering through this delightful free space in the heart of Lancaster city with talking and wishing trees, as part of the Light Up Lancaster Festival 2014.

Remember to bring a torch and wear suitable footwear!!

ACCESSIBILITY – due to the nature of the gardens with unsurfaced paths and uneven grassy surfaces, we are advising people in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility that the gardens themselves are not fully accessible. Unfortunately, the doorway into the tasting garden is not adequately wide enough to fit a wheelchair.

If you wish to visit the first section of the “How Did Your Garden Grow?” installation please contact the Lead Steward, Pete Flowers, in advance on M: 07415 760158. He will attempt to make available a steward to accompany you through the Storey Institute building utilising the lift, allowing you to visit the first area of the garden with lighting, projection and audio installations. Meet & Greet for this will be outside the main entrance of The Storey Institute on Meeting House Lane, where you will be accompanied up the lift through the building, returning the same way.

There is a small accessible display profiling the project on display in NICE, the Storey Institute cafe.

If you have any pictures, memories or stories you’d like to share, or if you’d like to join in with historical and creative workshops please get in touch.

Or upload your stories & images to our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1CtNLy3

For further information or to book, please contact T:015242 21233 or E: info@greenclose.org

 

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Bowland Revealed: 50 Years in the Making

December 2, 2014 in Events

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Green Close are delighted to announce a new programme of work which will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B.) involving a range of opportunities for artists to showcase their own.

The arts and crafts within and around the Forest of Bowland are as unique, diverse and beautiful as the wildlife, landscape, habitats and eco-systems, which the A.O.N.B. represents and cares for. The 50th Anniversary of Bowland programme provides a unique opportunity to showcase quality, professional artistic talent found within this stunning landscape, presenting it across Lancashire and the North West.

Our creative programme entitled ‘Fifty Years in the Making’ will explore the wealth of creative talent existing within the area, whilst also identifying connections that creative practitioners can make through discovering the history of the A.O.N.B. since its establishment in 1964.

The project will look back over the last five decades and look forward identifying our aspirations for Bowland.

All our programme will look at the unique theme of making – making great art, making great food & making and conserving a unique landscape.

We are looking for artists to support the project in a number of ways:-

  • To submit artworks for a series of curated exhibitions showcasing high quality artwork found within and inspired by Bowland
  • To provide an ‘Edible Masterpiece’ that can be showcased alongside their artwork
  • To work with local schools and pupils on a specific decade that links to the 50th Anniversary

These opportunities are highlighted on the website, so please look for further information.

Bowland Revealed, 50 Years in the Making is funded by Lancashire County Council, The Forest of Bowland A.O.N.B. and Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Working with Artists in Schools

December 2, 2014 in Events

Artist Call

Green Close are looking for artists who have experience of working in schools, who can work with pupils on a specific decade linked to the 50th Anniversary of the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B). We hope that prior research will have been undertaken in school and an archive of source materials started before the work begins.

Artists will be employed for a total of 4 days:- 1 day preparation & 3 days in school. The fee for this work will be £1,000.

At the end of the project, each school/artist will produce a piece of finished work to be photographed and made into a banner, which will be showcased at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe and tour Bowland AONB as part of the Bowland Revealed celebration.

A CPD event will be held for all participating artists at Green Close, to give them the opportunity to meet the other artists working on the project. There will also be the chance to meet the Green Close Team and teachers from participating schools.

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How to Apply

All applications should be sent electronically to info@greenclose.org by 5pm on Wednesday 30th July titled “Bowland Revealed: Artists in Schools”. To be considered, please send the following:-

1) 5 digital jpeg images (200 dpi max) of recent work

2) A copy of your CV

3) A brief outlining how you would approach the schools project – no more than 500 words

All artists must have CRB disclosure and Public Liability Insurance to the value of £5,000,000 at the start of the project (Green Close will be willing to help with arranging Public Liability Insurance if required).

This project is for artists working within the Forest of Bowland AONB, its peripheral areas, or with strong  connections to the area.

Bowland Revealed: 50 Years in the Making is funded by Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Forest of Bowland

 

Pictures from Light Up Lancaster

December 28, 2013 in Events

The pilot ‘Light Up Lancaster’ was considered a huge success by all involved and we are now able to share with you some photographs of Green Close’s involvement.

The event took place on 2nd November 2012 as part of Lancaster Arts City’s ‘First Fridays’ initiative. Green Close was involved by bringing Lancaster City Museum to life through light with animations being projected onto the windows of the museum. There were also giant illuminated skeletons outside the museum created by the Liverpool Lantern Company. An animation created by Sue Flowers for the ‘Recuerdos de México’ exhibition and featured as a projection during Light Up Lancaster can be viewed on Vimeo here.

If you missed the 2012 event, make sure to keep an eye out for news of the 2013 ‘Light Up Lancaster’ – set to hit Lancaster’s streets this coming autumn. Green Close will of course keep you updated with any information – it’s an event not to be missed again!

Some photographs, below, were taken by Darren Andrews and we’re very grateful to him for sharing them with us. The rest were taken by Green Close’s Sue Flowers and show the work of Green Close, the Liverpool Lantern Company and Sumit Sarkar.