Kirklees Garden Stories

Kirklees Garden Stories / Events / Thu 30 Jul to Wed 30 Sep 2020 (2 months)

Kirklees Garden Stories - community art project in Kirklees

Kirklees Garden Stories - community art project in Kirklees

Kirklees Garden Stories - play your part!

Residents across Kirklees are invited to take part in the Garden Stories project this summer, contributing to two colourful ceramic gardens to be created by Slaithwaite based artists Ammie Flexen and Kathleen Yore. The gardens will be popping up in Dewsbury and Hudderfield town centres this August and will share our collective experience of lockdown, celebrate our NHS staff and keyworkers and remember all those affected by Covid-19.

Green spaces, outdoor spaces and gardens have been really important to many of us during lockdown. Inspired by this artists Ammie and Kathleen invite residents of all ages to have a go at making miniature gardens. You could create a garden to celebrate keyworkers and how they help us; shows your favourite outdoor space in lockdown or a place that you missed visiting; or you might want to create a special garden for a special person that you miss.

Ammie and Kathleen have created a short ‘How to…” film to help inspire you and get you making which can be found on the ‘Kirklees Garden Stories’ facebook page. Gardens can be made with any materials you have to hand.

When you’ve made your garden we’d love it if you could share a picture of your creation and a few words about what it means to you using #GardenStories and tag our instagram page @kirkleesgardenstories or post to our facebook page ‘Kirklees Garden Stories’.

The artists will be taking inspiration from the gardens you create to design ceramic flowers, buds and other botanical forms from our spring/summer of lockdown. Simple forms will be brought to life with colourful glazes, depth of colour and will be grouped to create striking ceramic gardens in Dewsbury and Huddersfield town centre this summer. Colours will be inspired by the rainbows and NHS blue, which have featured strongly throughout lockdown in people’s windows at home and in local public displays.

This project is part of the #HEARTyourtown initiative supported by Kirklees Council and produced by Beam.

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