Pompoms and boxes!

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Pompoms and boxes Winter scenes at the Green Man Gallery A gentle afternoon as the festive season starts. The Green Man Gallery’s Christmas sale all around us, a tree of glowing colour and rich green, and pompoms bouncing off the tables in an uncontrolled sort of a way….. The afternoon of decoration making as part […]

Midwinter decorations event

Midwinter Decorations

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Sunday 1st December

12 – 4pm

 

Glittery pom-poms, beautiful boxes, ribbon pom-poms, Stocking Snaffler, Mince-pie Muncher, Present Peeker, frilly pom-poms.

 

a cluster of chilly pom-poms

From naughty Yulelad decorations for a branch to pom-poms for trees, windows, noses, ears and anywhere you like, join the Stone and Water team to make some lively and unusual festive decorations! We will be recycling old cards into lovely boxes (bring some of yours if you have old cards)  and turning stray ends of wool, ribbon and thin fabric (again bring some if you have any – but not if you are wearing it!).

 

In Iceland, there are stories of the children of the trolls Grylla and Leppaludi who come to town over the Christmas season looking for badly-behaved children. The stories started there but the Yule Lads have become a bit gentler and maybe a bit less fearsome and a bit more tricksy over the years. A long way from Iceland, we still reckon there could be some Yule Lads and Yule Lasses causing a bit of mischief in the houses of Buxton over the next next few weeks. We’ll be making our own Yule-kids to hang in the branches of our trees. Who would you add? Stocking Snaffler? Cracker Cruncher? Help us design our own Yule trouble-makers!

Join the Stone and Water team to make your own personal and distinctive decorations for this festive season

Stocking Snaffler in action

Time: 12 – 4pm

Place: Green Man Gallery (main gallery), HArdwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, SK17 6PY

Cost: nothing! The event is free, materials, help and extra laughter re provided

Booking: no tickets or bookings are needed, just drop by and join in. Allow 30 minutes to make a couple of things

Children: please bring a grown-up with you

The Gallery: the Green Man Gallery’s Winter exhibition will be in full blizzard by this time so do bring some pennies and maybe some pounds with you and perhaps you will find that unique present for a special person!

 

This event is one of the Year In Our Town events organised by Stone and Water

 

 

 

 

 

Summer events and other excitements!

Leek: once again
New display and event moments

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Our Leek: once, now and next project has been a great success. From a “Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey” to far more sensible history talks, embroidery and appliqué sessions and a pop-up street from the lost years of Leek, project ideas and activities have engaged and excited visitors

Now we have a few last sessions and a few opportunities for some more….

Come and join us!

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eventful times in Leek: once

May 2015:
all month the spectacular Cope for a Lost Abbot will be on display in the foyer of The Green Man Gallery in Buxton (check out the Gallery’s website for opening times)*

23, 24, 25th May: our exhibition of work and activities from the project will join the Cope on display in the The Green Man Gallery. Beautiful photos reaching from Leek, once (ruins, memories, dreams) to Leek, now (visitors capturing their own ideas, participants working on projects) with opportunities for you to add your thoughts of Leek: next

Sunday 24th May: Princely Pennants and Princess Flags: 1 – 4pm, The Green Man Gallery: join us to design your own summer flag. Invent a Coat of Arms. Create monsters for brave knights and bold heroines. Add an image to our Wild Pennant. Free event: just drop by and join in but allow 30 minutes for your flagging. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided. The mess you make yourself

once upon a time in the High Peak

once upon a time in the High Peak

Wednesday 27th May: The Lost Castles of Buxton; 10 -12, 1- 3, Buxton Museum. The Display will be up again in the museum and we’ll be inviting you to step back in time and make the house you think, hope, or worry, that you might have lived in when Dieulacres Abbey was at its height and Leek was the focal point for trade, travel and villainy across the Moorlands. Free event. No booking needed. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided.

June 2015
Sunday 7th June: The Big Bird, Beast and Botany Hunt, Dove Valley Centre, 12 – 4 pm. Our display and our artists head back into the Staffordshire Moorlands for an afternoon at the delicious Dove Valley Centre. Tucked into the Upper Dove Valley, the Centre welcomes visitors to the start of summer with wildflower meadows, an orchard, explorations of river wildlife and a generally lovely afternoon. We’ll be there with summer flags and stories, encouraging you to capture summer on a fluttering pennant or brand a story-hero or adventure-horror on a flag for yourself

Would you like a session?
We have a bit of water here at the bottom of the well to offer other groups. If you  are interested in a session for your local group (Staffordshire Moorlands, High Peak, Derbyshire Dales), get in touch! We could come and do a lively “making” workshop, a careful sewing/applique/fabric painting session, tell stories or just talk to your group about what we have been doing.

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Email Gordon at creepingtoad@btinternet.com or call on 07791 096857

* The display (and especially the Cope) features work by groups from our project partners Borderland Voices so if you would like to see some BV achievements, here is another reason to come and visit us!

Leek: once, now and next is supported by:

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Winter, wildlife and water week

Our Exploring with Stories project has added a few extra events to shape a week of exciting activities for the February holiday

 

 

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Tuesday 19th February

Capturing the cold with children’s stories and traditional tales and turning the best bits of those or your favourite wintry scenes into pop-up story cards and paper sculptures

       

Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

(the Museum has other activities on that week as well – visit their website to check out what else is on)

 

 

 

Raven Day

Friday 22nd February

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Celebrating the crows, ravens – and other birds – of the Peaks – making bird mask, fluttering birds on sticks and even origami birds to sit on fingers or shoulders

 

Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 2 sessions, 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

 

WaterSinging the Wells

Saturday 23rd February

A chance to enjoy playing with voices, stories, ideas and instruments.  Celebrating our ancient wells by singing stories, places, landscapes and water – to sing the Holy Wells of the Hills. No experience needed – just bring a sense of adventure and the readiness to join in! Led by musician and singer Jos Razzell

The end of this workshop will coincide with the Raven Walk so that we can join the procession and visit St Anne’s Well

 

Where: Green Man Gallery, 55 High St, Buxton, SK17 6HB When: 1.30 – 4pm. The workshop is free but places are limited: please email or phone to reserve a place: stoneandwater@btinternet.com, 07791 096857

 

 

The Raven Walk

Saturday 23rd February

4.30 – 5.30pm, meeting at Bath Road entrance to Pavilion Gardens

Join the Stone and Water crew at the end of this week of Winter, Wildlife and Water for a walk round Pavilion Gardens. Bring Friday’s Ravens or flags, hats or masks and we will salute the rich and ancient waters of the hills and  the wild and wonderful birds of our wild and wonderful winds!

 

if you are under 12, bring a grown-up with you so they can join in too!

 

Meeting points; Green Man Gallery and then the Bath Rd entrance to Pavilion Gardens, 4.30

Duration: 1 hour maybe?

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District....

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District….

 

...and the fiercer ones too!

…and the fiercer ones too!

 

 

 

 

we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All

we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All