Children's Mental Health week 2019 by Beverley Irving

It’s been a busy couple of days with the KS2 children of St Wilfrid’s CofE Primary School. We focused on finding art in nature and the beauty of each season. We spoke about how the seasons fade and make way for new beautiful things to come through and how with patience, we know that if we are feeling upset and down, these feelings will pass and make way for happiness. We focussed on how being active outside in nature helps us keep a healthy mind. We created self portraits of us being active in out favourite seasons using paints and plasticine. Year six even worked to an illustrator brief by creating time tiles to help all the other pupils with ideas of to keep active during each season.

It was an absolute pleasure working with such lovely children!

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Mustard Tree Creative Programmes Showcase by Beverley Irving

Friday 26th October saw the opening of the quarterly exhibition at Mustard Tree and the conclusion of our time spent at the organisation. The exhibition opened with some performances by the song club and the drama club. We had two spaces showing the objects everyone had created during the Tea or Coffee? workshops and the photographs we took together. It was a really fun and celebratory event and I would highly recommend keeping your eyes peeled for the next one and get yourself down there.

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Inktober by Beverley Irving

I decided to take part in this year’s Inktober challenge but rather than respond to the prompts I made a visual daily diary. Here are some of the sketches…

Not a natural fire starter

Not a natural fire starter

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I made a valid point…

I made a valid point…

Trump’s 60 minute interview.  https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/14/politics/trump-60-minutes-interview/index.html

Trump’s 60 minute interview.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/14/politics/trump-60-minutes-interview/index.html

It was a pretty anxious month

It was a pretty anxious month

life…

life…

Elvis getting his 10,000 steps in before the day even starts. Even on holiday.

Elvis getting his 10,000 steps in before the day even starts. Even on holiday.

Our new neighbour now has this memory burned into his mind. So do I.

Our new neighbour now has this memory burned into his mind. So do I.

When I’m at my happiest… making angry clay women while listening to murder podcasts.

When I’m at my happiest… making angry clay women while listening to murder podcasts.

But that’s when all the big thoughts come

But that’s when all the big thoughts come

Always.

Always.

Manchester Art Fair 2018 by Beverley Irving

The MA is complete! This week I received a distinction from Manchester School of Art and rewarded myself with a few days in the Welsh mountains… away from everyone, no signal, no internet; might sound miserable, but it was perfect!

Around the time of the degree show, I received an email saying I had been chosen to be represented by Manchester School of Art at Manchester Art Fair. This gave me a focus to keep on running with rather than collapsing in bed for a month. I visited the fair today and I take my hat off to the MSoA tutors who curated our stands perfectly. The spaced flowed despite our work being drastically different in materials and context. I’m hugely grateful for being given this opportunity. The work within the fair was exciting, inspiring and energetic. It was great to be a part of it.

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