Kirkham Cultural Consortium has secured funding to provide a wealth of opportunities for local people to get involved in arts projects to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The first of these creative projects is a chance to work with professional artists Andrew Shaw and Sharon Kelly to help create a procession of Kirk’ums and Wes’ums, cheerful miniature sculptures to go on display in participating shops and businesses windows throughout the month of June.
Free workshops will take place at the United Reformed Church on Poulton Street, on Saturday 7 May, and Saturday 14 May, from 1pm – 2pm, where you can learn new skills with sculptor Andy and visual artist Sharon. All materials are provided, and the sculptures created will be exhibited to form a fantastic installation on the high street. Businesses who would like to get involved in the display should contact email@example.com.
You can also get involved by creating a Jubilee Crown from recycled materials to the Jubilee Crown window art trail. Once made the crown should be installed in a window of your choice and a photo submitted to Kirkham Treasures Facebook page. Participants will then be in with a chance of winning a collection of Jubilee Coins and a Morrisons hamper, specially created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign. Free bags containing a template and art materials are available to collect from Morrisons in Kirkham. If supplies run out there are instructions, and a blank template available on www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk to make a crown using recycled materials.
Helen Juste, Chairperson for Kirkham Cultural Consortium, said: “We really want as many people as possible to join in and have fun being creative, helping to animate the streets with their amazing work. If people have memories and photographs of previous Jubilee Celebrations, we would also love to hear from them. People can submit such images and memories through the website www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk.”
Poulton Street will also be adorned with some fantastic large-scale sculptures, inspired by local heritage. The artwork is being created by the local community working with artists Andy Shaw and Sharon Kelly, and includes The Melting Pot, who meet at the United Reformed Church and St Michaels Cubs. Anyone in tested in helping create some of these sculptures can attend a free session on Monday 9 May, 2 – 4pm at the united Reformed Church in Kirkham. All the artworks will be on display in Kirkham throughout the month of June.
The project has been funded through the Community Foundation, Arts Council England, and Historic England.
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