The first abirdabode creative engagement drop-in took place at Festival Oldham’s Rooted Festival on Saturday
We were located in the Gallery Oldham Gardens next to the RSPB gazebo and the big abirdabode looked great against the greenery. It now housed a mini art gallery of three art bird boxes enhanced by bird song emitting from within.
For the festival we invited visitors to use paint pens to decorate the wooden bird silhouettes to enhance the front of the big abirdabode and despite the rather damp weather conditions lots of visitors got involved.
Inspired by bird recognition sheets, birds they had seen in their gardens, the art birdboxes and their amazing imaginations by the end of the day we had a multitude of birds decorating the outside of the big abirdabode. Fantastic plumage on display included beautiful patterns, abstract scribbles, detailed realistic representations and even a 1D bird all in colours and variations as amazing and attractive as the real birds that inspired us.
We made these
Mahdlo Brownies at abirdabode
Investigating abig abirdabode
abig abirdabode decorated
Painted in the rain
abirdabode are off to Festival Oldham today to take part in the Rooted Festival in the Gardens at Gallery Oldham. We have a big box of birds to be decorated and the first big abirdabode (which Percy loves!).
We’ll be there from 12 till 4 and hope to see you there…
We’re prepping for our first creative session right now. We have some amazing little birds ready to be decorated and are making a very unusual Big Abirdabode…
big abirdabode 1 build
big abirdabode visted by pigeons?
Abirdabode is an art project and an environmental project under one roof
During 2014 and 2015, we will be running a series of workshops and creative activities exploring urban and rural habitats, trying different art forms and making beautiful art bird boxes for our feathered friends in Oldham.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved: drop-in sessions decorating human scale bird boxes, group activities designing and building bird boxes, environmental visits exploring local habitats and green spaces.
The Abirdabode Project will culminate in an amazing exhibition at Gallery Oldham of the work created, following which the bird boxes will be released into the wild to decorate, amaze and provide homes and safe nest sites for our local birds.
If you or a group you are part of would like to get involved, contact Richard or Jacqui at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can ring them – Jacqui on 07801 837281 or Richard on 07932 050926.