Friday, 11 October 2013

Families create giant art for half term sculpture trail at Anglesey Abbey

Children and parents from the Croft Family Unit are transforming willow, fabric, metal and natural materials into four amazing wild art sculptures for Anglesey Abbey.  
This Inside Out project, funded by Children in Need through Arts and Minds, gives families an opportunity to create art together in a safe and supportive environment. Activities are facilitated by artist Jane Frost who’s been working with the families once a week since August. The children decided they wanted to make giant butterflies and bees, an enormous egg and spoon and an oversized spider and spiders’ webs, so Jane’s been helping them turn their ideas into reality.








Today we made shiny droplets for a giant spider’s web. Jane’s daughter Tabi, a professional metalsmith, showed us how to make moulds from acorns, berries and leaves and pour molten pewter into them. The children made lovely things, it was brilliant fun . . .  and we all got to have a go!





At the end of the session, the children were asked to reflect on how their experience had helped them achieve some of their aims, and it’s clear that the whole project is getting a definite thumbs up from everybody.
If you’d like to follow the sculpture trail and have a go at creating some art yourself from natural materials, we are running sessions at 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 30 October. Normal garden admission charges will apply but it’s free to take part, and there’s no need to book.
Our giant wild art sculptures will be around for a few weeks, weather permitting, so come come along for an autumn walk in our lovely grounds, and be inspired!

Kate Boursnell
Community Reporter
Anglesey Abbey

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