WOW! What an amazing day!
We are so proud to have been a part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival Creature Carnival Parade..
The Children’s Art School provided the ‘Bird’ section of the parade- here they all are pre-parade but ready to go!!
Little Art Club and Juniors were ducklings hatching out of eggs:
Whilst their grown ups were brilliant as parent ducks!
Our intermediate and senior groups were jackdaws..
With seniors helping to create the 2 large jackdaw puppets..
as well as this enormous and beautiful heron ( with a little help from the fabulous Handmade Parade of Hebden Bridge of course!)
Each group adopted their own special moves for the parade.. here’s the herons being herons…!
and here’s our Wednesday after school group in their amazing 3D ducks and masks…
I am so proud that we were a part of the parade. It gave our young artists a chance to show off their skills and to be an inherent part of a live creative event that was inclusive, exciting and spectacular. It drew people together in the most wonderful way and there was no-one who was involved (participant or spectator) that wasn’t blown away by it! I particularly loved how the usually self-conscious teenagers forgot to be embarrassed and were as swept up in the event as everyone else and were thrilled to get the opportunity to parade around the ring at the finale at Sands.
A big well done and thank you to everyone involved and for all our children, young people and parents who so willingly came on board and put in loads of hard work…
The Owd Towser was the perfect place for the installation of The 180 Boggards and Jenny Green teeth puppets made by local 8-14 year olds! The project has not only engaged children with the Arts through making, music and poetry but has also engaged them with local history .
A final interactive performance by Charlotte and Victoria was the icing on the cake!
I heard the sound track today which Charlotte Watson has created for the installation at the Owd Towser……its amazing!!
Made entirely of recordings of the children at the schools we visited the soundtrack layers the children’s voices saying words and phrases they have used to describe their Jenny Greenteeth or Boggard puppet.
Charlottes cello can also be heard amongst the voices and at times the vocals and the notes build together to create frightening and crescendos. Rhythms created by the children with sticks are also in the mix and some really great voices the children have created for their character.
Hearing the soundtrack in the Owd Towser really brought the puppets to life…and created a truly eery atmosphere!
Only a few days to go before the start of the Holmfirth Arts Festival so here’s a sneaky preview of the Jenny Greenteeth and Boggard puppets hanging in the Owd Towser…
Come and see it all finished and hear the amazing soundtrack …
soundtrack and puppets created by the children from
Scholes School, Farnley Tyas School, Netherthong School, Upperthong School, Holmfirth JI and N School and The Children’s Art School.
Opening times are
Friday 12 June 4pm – 6pm
Saturday 13 June: 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 14 June: 9.30am – 2pm
Friday 19 June: 4pm – 6pm
Saturday 20 June: 10am – 4pm with a special free performance from 12.30pm – 1.30pm – see below
Sunday 21 June: 1pm – 4pm
On Saturday 20 June, from 1.30pm – 2.30pm, the installation will be brought to life with a performance based on poetry written during the project, with performance poet Victoria and Charlotte on cello. There will be opportunities for audience participation with percussion, voices and even some dressing up. Please join us!
Artist Chloe Williams, musician Charlotte Watson and poet Victoria Garbutt have worked with 5 local schools and children at The Children’s Art School to create 200 puppet heads and to write and record chants and rhythms to create an installation in Homfirth’s old prison- the’Owd Towser.
The children were introduced to Jenny Greenteeth through a poem written by Victoria Garbutt..
and to the Holmfirth Boggard through this film by Philip Lofas, created for the first Holmfirth Film Festival,
The Children imagined and created puppets using screwed up newspaper and masking tape
Inspired by Charlottes beautiful cello soundscapes and Victorias poetry the children explored words and rhythms to describe their puppets
Chants and rhythms were recorded to be used as part of the final installation.
Look out for these hideous naughty characters incarcerated in the Owd Towser throughout the Holmfirth Arts Festival.
And you can catch Charlotte and Victoria performing live music and poetry on Sunday 21st June