A workshop inspired by the Climate Coalition’s Green Heartsinitative started with the question “what do you love in nature”. The results were colourful and don’t really need any further explanation…At the Green Man Gallery, Buxton
Summer birds are leaving,
Summer lives sinking into winter stillness,
But Rosehips are shining,
Delicate toadstools sprout in the leaf litter,
Conkers drop on unguarded heads,
And squirrels are busy burying acorns
While jays dig them up again and hide them somewhere else
What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us for a wander along the canal to peer into autumn waters, pass the magnificent Leawood Pump House, meet the mystery of the cottage in the woods and explore the woodlands at the edge of autumn.
We’ll be at High Peak Junction car park between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday 22nd September. There will be a base there and we will wander off along the canal in a couple of sessions. But there will always be someone on hand to help you explore. You might want to draw the autumn, make your own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..
Like all the Derwent Stories events, Autumn art and stories
is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs
This event is planned and will be delivered with the help of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact for more info:
fb: Stone and Water
Another Tiny! event. Join us to fill the Gardens with dragons, medieval wyrms and wonderful serpents – none of them bigger than your hand (or maybe a wriggle as long as your arm). Stone and Water has been doing Tiny! days for several years now as part of Buxton Festival Fringe. There have been Tiny! Pirates (they send their regrets but they can’t join us this year as they are off plundering a garden pond somewhere (they are, after all, very small pirates)), fairies, goblins and trolls, knights and princesses, a lantern procession…
Join us under the trees to make your own Tiny! Creature: a cheerful, quiet, restful place within the wider activity of Pavilion Gardens. Step into a creative moment and find your own inner dragon – or outer Wyrm, or simply flappy monster….
When: 2 sessions: 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm, free: no booking, tickets or anything like that. Just turn up and join in
Where: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
REPORT ON THIS EVENT CAN BE FOUND HERE
There were skulls, and some more skulls, and a Victorian Engineer’s cabinet of little bits of things and a decoupage box of seashells and then a box of mystery skulls….There was laughter and drawing and attempts to have big sisters/little brothers eaten…and there is more to come
Wednesday 16th March: Bone Detectives, 2:at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA, Tel: 01629 533540. 1 session: 10am – 1pm
This is a free session with activities and delivery aimed more at adults or young people of secondary school age
Again, this workshop is free and visitors are welcome to drop in. We recommend allowing an hour to work through activities but you are welcome to come for longer and spend more time handling, drawing and talking about the bones, skulls and shells we will have on display
Visitors are welcome to bring their own clean mystery finds with them – with no guarantee that we’ll be able to solve the mystery but have confidence that we will be enthusiastic about them!
Our wonderful friends in the community group Stone and Water have achieved a grant from BSW towards the community participation in these events and to cover the costs of a similar session with a youth group. In fact, we’ve got 2 – so a local WATCH group is going to be going all skeletal and what will happen to Taxal Scouts, I almost dread to think.
That drawing: australopithecus skulls, sheep skull, the bear in the corner of the gallery, some scared people…and a landrover…you can sort the story out yourself!
drawing inspiration from the beautiful Upper Dove Valley,
spend a day experimenting with techniques,
and take home your own finished prints
Spaces are limited, booking is needed, so grab your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 07791 096857
More details sent with confirmation
In a companion trail to this year’s Grinlow Art And Storytelling Trail, we are inviting poets, scribblers, scrawlers and storywriters to submit pieces for a trail of words and wonders through Grinlow Woods
The Art Trail and its attendant activities were a great success last year, so we thought it would be good to add another strand to that creative woodland experience.
“We” are Stone and Water, the Buxton-based community group who celebrate the richness and creativity of the Peaks through projects like Exploring With Stories and Ancient Landscapes.
We are looking for pieces (poems or prose) that might
So we invite you to share your enjoyment, your passions, your delights and your despairs of, from or about the Peaks and send us your words for the Grinlow Poetry Trail
On the weekend of the Art Trail (18, 19 July 2015), our poems and stories will be laminated and presented through Grinlow Woods in Buxton Country Park. The Poetry Trail will follow a similar route to the Art Trail (see below). There will also, hopefully, be storytellers performing, poetry/writing workshops, make your own woodland book activities and perhaps some poetry readings (let us know if you’d like to be involved in that)
Our trail will have its own map and possibly a booklet (available to buy) of all our juicy poems and stories
We are allocating each writer the equivalent of 2 sides of A4 (so please, no monstrous tomes or Homeric epics!) and in a largish font, maybe 20pt, for ease of reading. If you’re not sure, just send your piece in and we’ll advise. Of course you don’t need to send in that much: if you compose precise and elegant single haiku or tanka, maybe just one will say exactly what you want. At the moment, we will only accept one submission (ie one longer piece or several short poems) from each poet. If space arises we might invite more contributions from existing Trailers
The Trail will wend its way up through Grinlow Woods from the Visitor Centre car park towards Solomon Temple (but will probably stop just short of the upper edge of the woods)
Until we see what is coming in, we can’t say where pieces will go. if you have a piece that definitely needs to be displayed by rocks, or a park bench or an oak tree, say, let us know
Our poetry trail will run along a similar route to the Art Trail. Poems do not need to associate with artworks unless you want them to. We don’t really know what other art is going up until the last minute so we cannot advise you of what’s going to be around. If you know an exhibiting artist, why not scheme wildly with them, keep us in the loop, and it might all be wonderful when we display words and visuals together
We are not planning this as a money-making activity but we would like to generate enough cash to design and print Poetry Trail maps and maybe produce that booklet of poems for sale. We are asking for a contribution of £10 for each submission (ie for each poet’s contribution not for each individual poem). Don’t send any money with your submission. We’ll contact you about money and other fine tuning when your contribution is accepted
And we’re sorry to say this but there will need to be a bit of editorial control here: please don’t send in anything offensive, or discriminatory. Our boundaries are very flexible but there are limits and we will reserve the right to simply say “no”. We’ll try not to, but that reservation needs to be there
email your work to
Gordon MacLellan: email@example.com
Please send it as an attachment in Word or Text
Make sure: your name and contact details are also on the attachment
By post: to Creeping Toad, 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ
and we’ll be in touch!
We have two lively days coming up. The same details apply to both so they are presented together here….
morning: 10 – 12
afternoon 1 – 3
What are we doing?
Join artists from Stone and Water to design and make your own pop-up castle, or palace or wild witch’s house – and make some puppet people to live in them!
These events are free. Materials are provided.
The activity is suitable for 8s and overs (that includes grown-ups). Younger children are welcome but please bring a grown-up with you!
Space in both libraries is limited so it might be worth giving the relevant library a call and booking a space
Tuesday: Cheadle Library
Friday: Leek Library