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Celebrating Todmorden – Ferney Lee Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop has resulted in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which celebrate Todmorden and promote it to people living in, and outside of, the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  Our final workshop this year was at Ferney Lee Primary School.  Last, but most definitely not least, here are the posters from the pupils at Ferney Lee.  As well as advertising places to go, the pupils also wanted to share something about the spirit of the town, and issues that matter to them.

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Castle Hill Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Castle Hill Primary .

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Shade Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme hereShade Primary School had a selection of pupils from across the year groups taking part and these are the posters they created. Another fantastic set!

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Walsden St Peters Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the youngest group to take part so far, Elizabeth Dawber’s very talented Year 3 class from Walsden St Peters CE (VC) Primary School.

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“As the children were building new skills they were also developing in confidence and self -belief throughout the session.” Class teacher.

“We have shared the children’s work during our Friday whole school celebration assembly.  The children were very proud to show off their masterpieces and were confident to discuss how and why they created the posters.” Class teacher.

“Cath made me feel confident when I couldn’t do the collaging.  She helped me and I actually did it!” Pupil

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Todmorden Junior School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term. This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Todmorden CE J, I & N School

“There was some new terminology and different techniques the children hadn’t come across before, but you could really see the development of skills and vocabulary throughout the day. The children were fascinated by the inspiration from the posters, and it was lovely to be celebrating the local area.” Class teacher.

“I liked working as a team. It was nice to collaborate with others.” Pupil

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Cornholme School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Cornholme J, I & Nursery School.

“Children loved the experience. The art they produced looked fantastic, which meant they were proud of their work. As well as supporting their teamworking skills, the children learnt about the design process of producing their artwork. It supported previous work on slogans and advertising and got the children thinking about how special Todmorden is.” Class teacher.

“I enjoyed doing the poster because we got to express our feelings about Todmorden. I thought our poster went well and it was nice to work as a team.” Pupil

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Been to Bishop Auckland Lately?

A blog from our favourite roving reporter, David Smith…

I was last there nine years ago for my son’s wedding to Claire, a lovely young woman from Teesside. The wedding was at Auckland Castle – not a real castle, but a historic house, home to the bishops of Durham for 900 years. Now stay with me….Auckland Castle - chapel

The wedding was in St. Peter’s Chapel, the largest private chapel in Europe. There is something special about the soaring voices of a church choir swirling around the pillars to the walls and then upwards to the decorated high roof. We had a wonderful day.

The great treat and surprise was having drinks in the Long Dining Room.   Surrounded by 13 8ft. paintings of Jacob and his 12 sons in Spanish peasant costume, by the 17th. century Spanish artist Francisco de Zubáran, we could only stand and stare. In fact there were only 12. The thirteenth is a copy; they have never been able to bring back the prodigal original to Bishop Auckland.

paintingsThe Church Commissioners planned to sell the works (£20m I believe) . Simon Jenkins, former Chairman of the National Trust, discovered the intention and created a storm of support for them to stay in the Northeast. The paintings continue to be important because their purchase and display was a deliberate act to demonstrate religious tolerance, especially towards Jewish people living in England, in the 18th century. They continue to be a public appeal for social, political and religious consideration, as relevant today as they were when purchased in 1756.

Well there is even better news now.   Jonathan Ruffer an investment hedge fund manager based in London, but who now lives in Bishop Auckland, not far from his birthplace, has dedicated his personal fortune to the Castle and its collection. He has bought both the Castle and the paintings! His investment has now been boosted by £9millon grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a £65 million project.

The intention is to create a new national exhibition space in the Castle to open fully by 2018 for art which explores faith. The first contemporary installation: a video installation by Bill Viola can be seen now. It is a really challenging piece in such a traditional setting. The Church of England is not as stuffy as you may think in presenting contemporary art. (Chichester Cathedral houses works by Marc Chagal, John Piper, Graham Sutherland. And today there is Anna Freeman Bentley’s installation: Descent of Jacob’s Ladder which brings us back to Jacob, the Zubárans and Auckland Castle). So if you are up in the Northeast this summer it’s worth a call.

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Bill Viola, Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014