‘Art Comes Naturally’

The project aimed to re-connect and engage people with their local green spaces by delivering practical and hands-on art activities on site, utilising the environmental and heritage features of the areas as inspiration for the artistic creations/activities.

Project Title:                    Art Comes Naturally
Applicant:                        Faceless Arts
Grant Awarded:              £1999
Project Summary:

Art Comes Naturally was a project and collaboration between, Faceless Arts and award winning environmental artist, James Brunt.

The project aimed to re-introduce nearby green spaces to their neighbouring communities and encourage families, children and young people to spend time outdoors by enjoying being creative together.

During Autumn 2016, Space to Create, an 8m diameter pop up creative activity dome was erected, in 5 different parks/public open spaces for two days. The green space sites that expressed an interest in being involved included:

Dearne Valley Country Park, Barnsley, focussing on wildlife

Thurnscoe Memorial (Flower) Park, focussing on social heritage

Elsecar Park & Reservoir, focussing on industrial heritage and wildlife.

Waterloo Kiln & Pottery Pond, Wath on Dearne informed by the industrial heritage of the Dearne Valley Potteries

Broomhill Park, Old Moor, focussing on wildlife

In the Space at each of these sites, the project team delivered a day of workshops with primary schools and a weekend family event day. On the family event day, visitors were also able to spot our 9ft tall Giant Heron Walkabout character performance.

Project Status:             Complete

This film was made at the end of the project at Elsecar Park and shows how the team enabled and encouraged children to connect and be creative with nature and their local green spaces.