Category Archives: public events

activities designed to help explore and creatively respond to the world around us

A week of workshops

A week of hectic workshops pushed African memories to the back of my mind for a while as I need to concentrate on the here and now of slightly mad puppet characters and their evolving stories*.
A whirlwind week with 5 days of workshops since last Monday including three Moorland stories sessions for Borderland Vocies (why not look at and join our Facebook group Moorland Stories), a noisy day making night-time mobiles to carry bats, owl and other excitements into your dreams, a dauntingly quiet day with the woodland Trust (but a chance to meet some excellent Woodland Trust rangers and the delightful Cath Aran, another storyteller )

storytellers, rangers and remarkably few members of the public!


And to-day, a pleasant workshop at Tittesworth Reservoir and maybe 40 people settling down to make puppet s- some to take away and some for us to keep….gradually accumulating numbers for our Moorland Stories Enchanted World of Puppets at the Just-So Festival


* The old woman who lives in Rock Hall in the Roaches and spends her time counting fossils, the mermaid who lives in Doxey Pool nearby, the Moorlands Bear and his endless quest for more honey, and the puppy who lost his voice – stolen by the frog in his throat……


Pop-up Theatres: miniature marvels: thrills, chills and daredevil adventures!

Thursday 24th February 2011

using old prints of the Peak District join artists from the Footsteps make your own Victorian–style pop-up theatre complete with scenery, heroes, villains, animals and monsters!

tell adventures from the hills and dales that no-one has ever heard before!

Ages: suitable for anyone from 8 years of age. Younger children are welcome but must bring an adult to help them

2 sessions

Sessions are free but space is limited and places must be booked. Call the Museum on 01298 24658

Session 1:10am – 12 pm:

Session 2: 1pm – 3pm

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA

unlikely adventures on the banks of the Wye?

Footsteps project:

Tree wrappings!

Working with National Trust from Calke Abbey, preparing for their Winter Tree Trail…..some 18 students from Long Eaton High School and I worked in a whirlwind two hour session to prepare and paint  2 x 10m long banners that will coil round  two tall sycamores at the approach to the House at Calke….pictures of the work finished and installed will follow!

long banners drying
long banner, detail - work in progress
long banner - detail