Home Grown Creatives

Throughout 2013, community artist Lisa Yardley hosted a variety of accessible and fun projects at the City Farm. Ranging from one-off workshops to ongoing weekly and monthly sessions, the projects were suitable for adults, children and young people, and included activities for families in school holidays. Local community member, Jenny Griffiths and artist in residence Lisa Yardley created this programme in collaboration. It was funded by the Arts Council and the National Lottery.

Lisa continues to inspire creativeness at the City Farm, working with the Active Citizens project on activities such as:

Free senior citizen creativity sessions on Mondays. More info

Tuesday call outs - opportunities for volunteers to drop in and get creative in a relaxed and friendly environment. Experiences include creating with felt and lantern making.

Arts Council Lottery funding logo You can contact Lisa on homegrowncreatives@yahoo.co.uk


These are some of the creative activities that took place during 2013:

street impressionsStreet Impressions - finding and taking ceramic prints from metal man hole covers in the local area and turning them into vessels.

Botanical & Animal Drawings and Explorings –  a three-week course using plants and fauna as inspiration, participants investigated mark making and drawing techniques for capturing and documenting their spirit. One week a poet assisted in weaving words into the mark making.

Make your own Photographic journey book – a  three-week course exploring ideas around sequential image capturing. Participants created themes and story boards which were compiled into their own concertina books.

Beginners printmaking course – running for 8 weeks, the course covered mono printing, lino techniques, screen printing and dry point.

Home Grown Creatives posterFamily workshops – held in school holidays, adults and children had opportunities to make Easter bunnies, egg warmers, spring pots, garden bug homes, miniature gardens, mobiles and more.

Junk Yard Explosion – recycling sculpture wiz Barry Lewis showed how to turn found and recycled objects into amazing creatures and more…

Make a carved garden sculpture to take home in a day - artist Barry Lewis taught carving and sculptural techniques using thermalite blocks.

See and Be Screen printing workshops – tutor/visiting artist Johnny de Mears brought 30 years printmaking experience to the farm yard.

Saturday Makers – sessions were held where adults and children learnt to create ceramic animal garden planters or garden gargoyles.

Extreme pottingExtreme Potting  - Corinna Miller, master potter, and Lisa ran this experimental firing and raku workshop teaching how to make small pots and vessels to take home. Participants also helped build a wattle and dub dinosaur-shaped kiln for firing their own raku pots.

Makers Mondays – for those who find it hard to make time, lack materials, confidence, know how, or enjoy the energy that comes from working with other people, Makers Mondays drop-in sessions encouraged people  to make quality crafts suitable to sell.  Activities included badge making, felt and textiles animals, greetings cards and up-cycling chairs.