a mission to get Liverpool drawing
major modern arts venue Greenland Street is encouraging local people
to unleash their artistic talents in an intensive free five-day
drawing programme. Taking place from 2 – 6 July 2007, ‘Inside
Out in Liverpool’ will aim to get the city drawing by taking
inspiration from Liverpool’s architecture and its wealth of art
Greenland Street has teamed up with The Prince’s Drawing School - an
educational organisation that enables people to broaden their
drawing practice - to host this concentrated course which will focus
on observational drawing. From 10am-5pm, every day for 5 days,
participants will sketch in and around the city, looking closely at
Liverpool’s public spaces, buildings and cityscape to improve their
drawing skills. The sessions will be lead by alumni from the post
graduate drawing course at The Prince’s Drawing School.
Students on the course will study art collections at local
galleries, sketching directly from works at Tate Liverpool and The
Walker Art Gallery. Back at Greenland Street, participants will use
the studio space to draw from a model, take part in tutorials, group
critiques and discussions about artists of significance to
Greenland Street was set up in September 2006 by James Moores
through A Foundation to revitalize Liverpool’s contemporary art
scene. The art centre focuses on developing new commissions and
contributing towards a greater infrastructure for the visual arts
within the city. Since its launch, over 12,000 people have visited
Greenland Street from across the world.
Fiona Boundy, Greenland Street’s Director of Exhibitions and
Development said:- “Following the huge popularity of the
drawing workshop hosted by The Princes Drawing School at Greenland
Street last November, we thought it would be a good idea to hold
another, more intensive course. Our aim is to get local people
excited about drawing again through this free programme which takes
inspiration from the city.”
Leaps and Bounds
LEAPS and Bounds, a national
physical activity programme for children, designed by Tumble Tots
(UK) Limited, leaders in physical play for children, are looking to
recruit new franchisees.
Leaps and Bounds is a carefully structured physical play programme,
designed by Tumble Tots to give pre-school children the chance to
enjoy the benefits of physical play in their own pre-school setting.
It complements children’s existing nursery curriculum, and gives
parents ideas on play-based activities they can share with children
Keeping in line with the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation
Stage (QCA, DfES) and Guidelines in the Birth to 3 Matters (Sure
Start, DfES), the programme was designed in consultation with
Patricia Maude MBE, Homerton College, University of Cambridge. The
programme also has also been awarded the PDB Kitemark.
“Movement play provides access to both gross and fine motor
functioning, so important for motor development and for becoming
physically literate. For young children, the most important medium
for movement is Play. The Leaps and Bounds programme provides a
structured framework for play, with progressions built into each
activity”. said Patricia Maude.
Leaps and Bounds was first launched in September 2004, and piloted
by several Leaps and Bounds franchisees around the country. It now
offers the programme in more than 70 pre-school settings in England
and Scotland. With the growing demand for the programme, the
company is expanding with a recruitment exercise in all areas of the
UK. Franchise opportunities for the Leaps and Bounds programme are
available now. The franchisee investment is around £7,500 which
includes a designated territory, training and equipment to run the
For more information on the Leaps and Bounds programme, please call
Anne Griffin on 0121 585 7003 or Maria Barker on tel: 0191 217 1777
or 07736 774522
Are you brave enough?
Abseil 195 feet for the Red Cross!
IMAGINE peering over the edge of a steep
sudden drop…a 195 feet drop in fact…now imagine slowly moving over
the edge …one step at a time…down the vast wall of Baitings Dam.
If the thought of abseiling brings you out in a cold sweat then this
event probably won’t be for you!
The British Red Cross is currently looking for dare devil abseilers
to take part in an exciting and exhilarating abseil down Baitings
Dam (near Ripponden, West Yorkshire) over the weekend of the 18
August 2007 &
19 August 2007. After the success of last year’s ‘Big Drop’
abseil at Baitings Dam, the British Red Cross is repeating the event
to give more people the opportunity to experience this awesome
Senior Fundraiser, Jo Allott said:- “This challenging event is
really popular and our abseilers will enjoy the most amazing views!
Although it’s not for the faint hearted, we’re sure everybody who
takes part will have a thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable day!”
To register costs just £10 and we are challenging our abseilers to
raise £75 or more for the British Red Cross. Money raised will
enable the Red Cross to continue vital work both across the world
and around the corner.
If you have what it takes to get
involved with the challenge please contact Jo Allott on 0161 888
8915 or 07710 733 196 or
HUNDREDS ATTEND STAR STUDDED NORTHWEST FILM PREMIERE
film fans packed Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall last night, enjoying
the red carpet treatment, as award-winning writer Frank
Cottrell-Boyce’s latest movie, Grow Your Own, received its British
premiere. The film is widely expected to take the box office
by storm when it opens across the country later this week, but
Northwest fans were the first in the country to see it after North
West Vision, the film, TV and digital media development agency,
organised the free, gala premiere.
The event was attended by cast and crew, with Liverpool co-writer
and producer, Carl Hunter, talking of the extraordinary, real-life
characters who had inspired the film. Grow Your Own tells the story
of refugee asylum seekers who were helped by a Liverpool allotment
“The film is all about acceptance.
It explores the relationships between members of a community after
the arrival of refugees, who are given allotments to help them
overcome their trauma,” says Carl.
Attending the gala
performance were top Manchester TV actors John Henshaw (Early Doors,
Confessions of a Diary Secretary) and Rodney Litchfield (currently
starring in Coronation Street), together with Alan Williams (Rome,
Life Begins) and Philip Jackson (Pennies From Heaven, Funland).
They were joined on the red carpet by Manchester child actor, Sophie
Lee, whose character, Phoenix, played a centre role in the film.
Also attending the premiere were the film’s Director, Richard Laxton,
Producers Barry Ryan and Luke Alkin, and North West Vision’s Head of
Funds, Chris Moll, who was an Executive Producer on the film.
“We were very proud to support this project from its very
early seeding as a series of three minute shorts for Channel 4,
through to its blossoming into a full-length feature.
The idea germinated and was filmed
entirely in Liverpool, bringing together some of the city’s most
exceptional creative talent.
It’s challenging, moving and
entertaining in equal measure, and I hope Grow Your Own will remind
audiences around the globe of the unique position that Liverpool
holds in the world’s heart,” explained Chris.
says the real-life story of the refugees and the allotments captured
his imagination immediately, and he knew there was a feature film to
“Carl Hunter took me to a real place with the
real people, and it’s a day I’ll never forget.
I met people on that
allotment who’d walked through minefields and swum through rivers
while being shot at, people who had very little, but still found a
way to be happy.
I found that very chastening and very uplifting.
And very worth telling,” said Frank.
Added Carl:- “This is a special film that came from something
real. It's an international story that is on our own doorstep and if
a film can change anything we hope it can change the fortunes of The
Family Refugee Support Project in Liverpool, which is facing closure
in October unless further funding can be found.”
Grow Your Own will be on release from 15 June
2007 at:- Ashton Cineworld,
Bolton Cineworld, Bromborough Odeon, Bury Vue, Liverpool Switch,
Liverpool Cineworld, Manchester Cornerhouse, Manchester Filmworks,
Wigan Empire, Woolton Cinema.