ABOUT THE PROJECT
We’re excited to be working on a fantastic new project called Flags For Hope. We’ve teamed up with the fabulous Sonder Radio, delivering creative writing and storytelling workshops in 3 local Care Homes in Tameside so we can connect with elder members of our community, gather stories, ideas, and images around the theme of ‘hope’.
We’ll then take those stories to our in-house artists and translate them into large-scale hand painted silk flags expressing the experiences of elder residents who’ve been acutely isolated through the pandemic. These flags will be toured to the grounds of the care homes in the summer as beautiful, powerful, site-specific installations which highlight the creativity and resilience in our communities.
This project will demonstrate to care home residents, staff and elder members of our community that they have not been forgotten and that their voices, and creativity, still matter.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Our partners Sonder Radio will be facilitating these creative chats in Care Home settings and asking residents to share their stories. Sonder Radio is a station catering for elders living within a care environment and independently in the community. Sonder Radio was established in 2016 in response to some of their founder's own personal experiences of relatives living within care environments and with conditions such as dementia. We're excited to be working with this great organisation.sonderradio.com
We are so excited to be offering volunteering opportunities this June and July for Flags For Hope! It’s been over 18 months since we’ve had people in the studio in real life! You’ll also get to see first-hand all the amazing improvements to the Vale in Mossley.
We have 6 x 6m silk flags to batik and paint for this wonderful project which will go on tour to care homes around Tameside later on in July and into the summer.
We paint hot wax onto silk (which acts as a resist) then hand paint dye onto the silk.
Our lovely staff will be on hand to show you what to do if you haven’t got experience.
Where: The Vale, Micklehurst Road, Mossley, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL5 9JL
Times: 10am – 6pm
Please fill in the online form below. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
Please let us know if you have any availability on the following dates:
Wed 23rd, Thu 24th, Fri 25th
Sat 26th, Sun 27th
Mon 28th, Tue 29th, Wed 30th
Thu 1st, Fri 2nd
Sat 3rd, Sun 4th
Travel expenses: We’re offering travel expenses within Manchester/ Greater Manchester area.
Because of the current situation we currently have 6 volunteer slots a day + our lovely team. Social distancing measures will be in place, but we will email these when we’ve confirmed your slot.
FLAGS FOR HOPE ARTISTS
Meet the team who will be translating stories into our flags