Windmills, Hobbit Houses and Art Deco designs

The Dove Stone Youth Rangers have made an amazing start on the abirdabode project on our first Sunday creative session. They have proved full of inspired ideas for Art Birdboxes and come up with a wide variety of styles and subjects that are sure to make for an exciting start for the project and exhibition…

The groups’ ideas include; a Bag End Hobbit House for birds, An Art Deco decorated snail Art Birdbox, a Moulin Rouge bird windmill and many more to be revealed soon.

For the first practical session the group discussed their designs and refined their ideas on paper before diving into making maquettes (artists scale models) of their chosen idea. Using scrap cardboard (recycling is very important to the group and artists) the young artists where shown how to use a fret saw and bandsaw to cut parts for their bird boxes. Prototyping in cardboard allowed us to play with size and shape of the designs, learn how to use the power tools and also practice making in 3D without using valuable plywood.

The first Big abirdabode takes shape.

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…


abirdabode Art Birdbox Project is go!

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  Or you can ring them – Jacqui on 07801 837281 or Richard on 07932 050926.