“A walk in the park, could become so much more” was an invitation to look at familiar school topics in Blackburn’s dramatic Corporation Park. MPA’s David Smith worked with six schools and seven artists who set out to creatively explore the park.
They wanted to develop activities that could be used again either by schools or families. The resulting booklet gives six approaches to engaging the imagination in Corporation Park. Copies are available at Blackburn Museum as part of the exhibition which celebrates the children’s creativity through photographs and objects.
Lead artist, Gorden MacLellon explains:
We aimed for activities that needed fairly simple equipment and used ideas that children could explain to their families.
In the Park we explored storylines that let us take a topic and play with it. A request to combine drawing and sculpture with oral descriptions of nature turned a group into Time Travellers exploring the past, present and future of the Park. ‘Plants’ sent another group off on an expedition into the unknown, writing journals, describing plants and the animals associated with them, learning names and terms and inventing new names, describing new plants and, possibly, never getting home again! ‘Global Warming’ sent another group into a changing world with wandering, lost polar bears and new ways of building homes
We offer those topics, scenarios and activities here for you to try. You could take the same ideas elsewhere, turn them inside out and try them in different ways.
Gordon MacLellan, Creeping Toad, lead artist for “A Walk in the Park”
Brookhouse Primary School
Cedars Infant School
Hawthorns Junior School
St James School
St Michael with St John Primary School
Seven Trees Children’s Centre
Kerris Casey St Pierre
The exhibition is open from now until October 2011 and Blackburn Museum’s opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 4pm. We really hope you’ll take time to visit!