The abirdabode exhibition launch, a very busy day at Gallery Oldham!

What do you call a group of Art Birdbox Artists and friends? An imagination, a creativity, an achievement, an excitement?

 Whatever you choose to call them there was a huge gathering of artists and friends at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 14th March for the launch of the abirdabode exhibition.

Between 1pm and 4pm over 200 visitors flocked to the gallery to see the art bird boxes, meet the art bird box artists, have a chat and to show off their creations to family and friends. (Apparently this is the best attendance for an exhibition launch at the Gallery ever! Thank you T-Jay for clicking people in!)

Along with the Art Birdbox Artists some of the young people who decorated Art Birds dropped in to see the show and to find their creations in the Art Bird Flock. We were honoured that amongst the Art Bird Flock were hidden eleven very special realistic Art Birds created by Gordon Haigh especially for the show!

Putting the exhibition together took a lot of hard work and dedication and wouldn’t have happened without the support of Joy, Ian, Steve and Andy from Gallery Oldham – thank you all. Thank you also to Oldham Arts Development, especially Annie for your support (and fabulous bird dresses) and Shonagh for believing in the project (and handing out bird seed!).

And an especially big thank you to all the amazing Art Bird Artists who took part in the project, your hard work, creativity and good humour have been an inspiration to us and to everyone who has visited the show. It was great to see you at the opening and to show you how fantastic your work looked in the gallery.

 We hope you are all as proud of your achievements as we are!

The exhibition is open to the public until 2nd May so there’s still plenty of time to visit!

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The biggest abirdabode ever is complete!

Success at Grassroots as the big, big abirdabode is finished.

Two days hard work by everyone and the human sized nest box is complete and looking fine!

No pressure for abirdabode this week as on arrival at Grassroots we noticed that item three on the weeks work schedule was finish Birdhouse! Everyone rose to the challenge and worked extremely hard to ensure we reached our goal, and to stay warm in the sub zero temperatures!

Marnie and Loz cut extra roof planks whilst Neil and Kelly trimmed the eaves to fit, Nathan, Kelly, Andy and Jacqui completed the mosaic and timber round designs for the nest box sides. The additional last minute task of making a set of twelve sparrow nest boxes was completed in just under two hours by the speedy team of Darian, Ben and Mark.

With just ten minutes to go before lunch on Friday we raced to assemble the big abirdabode. After a swift panel saw adjustment to the peaks of the side walls everything fitted together beautifully and the Big abirdabode was complete and looking amazing. Everyone was thrilled and extremely proud of what their skill and hard work had achieved.

We’re now looking forward to installing the Big abirdabode in Gallery Oldham and giving everyone a chance to admire it.

Thank you to everyone at Grassroots for all the hard work and enthusiasm, it’s been a brilliant few weeks and a real pleasure to work with you all. The cakes are on us at the abirdabode show launch on March 14th!

 

 

 

Getting the Grass Roots nest box standing

Back to Grass Roots after the Xmas break and straight into getting the Big abirdabode standing. Whilst abirdabode had been away work had proceeded apace and the reclaimed timber sides required very little work to complete- merely making sure all the screws were in the right place and not sticking out (well spotted Kelly!) and a quick trim to cut the sides flush; some great sychronised sawing from Mason and Paddy!

The other sides of the box were also nearly complete, the wood rounds looking really beautiful with Nathan taking charge of the fiddly task of filling all the gaps with tiny rounds cut from twigs (rather him then me!) and the mosaic side being managed by Kenny and his nimble gluing fingers.

Darren also return to help and working with Neil, Mark and new member Joseph we soon had the roof sides completed, reinforced and the great news was; they fitted first time.

Just before lunch on friday we got the Grass Roots big abirdabode standing and it looks great! It’s big enough for three people to fit inside as long as they’re not as tall as Mark!

 

 

 

A Grassroots Christmas

The last Grassroots session before Xmas and everyone was in a festive mood and before heading out to the poly tunnel to continue making there was just time to try on a policeman’s hat to see who it suited best?

Hat hijinks finished the group swiftly divided into teams. Kenny, Nathan, Paddy, Mason and Loz set to work with Jacqui and Andy adding more reclaimed timber cladding to two of the bird box sides, By the end of the morning they were looking great with a variety of colours and textures making a really striking finish. Neil, Nathan and Kelly worked especially hard with the complicated task of building the curved roof from old floor boards, the measuring ad cutting involved a bit of a guess so we hope it fits better than the policewoman’s hat!

Grassroots’ Big abirdabode takes shape

abirdabode’s second week at Grassroots and the group worked hard to get the big abirdabode standing. Neil, Kelly, Nathan and Kenny built up the last two side frames and covered them in exterior ply whilst Mason and Paddy set to work ‘carefully’ dismantling some old wooden doors. By the time the ‘destruction duo’, working with hammer, crow bar and great gusto had converted the doors into a pile of useable pieces the rest of the group had the bird box sides ready to assemble. Working in pairs the group drilled pilot holes and bolted the box together using long bolts, an impact driver and a handful of t-nuts, NOT as Neil hoped peanuts!

The next day’s job was to take the pile of dismantled doors and sort the pieces into colours and start cladding the bird box wall with them in a decorative manner. Darren proved a dab hand at drilling and screwing the pieces in place, whilst Mark worked with Darian and Ben on the complex task of cutting curved eaves for the bird box roof. Kenny, disguised as a Russian, helped both teams complete their tasks.

By the end of the day the Big abirdabode was standing and of course we had to test how many of us could fit in it!

abirdabode lands at Grassroots

The start of December and the abirdabode project landed at the Grassroots Community Orchard. Thursday was cold and dry so we were treated to a quick tour of the allotment and orchard (which has almost 200 fruit trees!) and saw the chickens, ducks and bees.

The first group task was to assemble a work bench. Everyone got involved and by the time the bench was assembled it was time for a well earned tea break so we headed inside and started making plans for the Grassroots abirdabode.

The Grassroots abirdabode will be a human size Big Art Bird Box to form the centerpiece of the abirdabode exhibition and which can be used at Grassroots for storage or shelter (and for Andy to hide in!). The group  decided to build it using reclaimed materials as this suits the ethos of Grassroots.

On Friday the sun came out and we started building the Big abirdabode in the very warm poly-tunnel. Some new participants and some old friends joined us and with the use of the newly built work bench work proceeded splendidly and by lunch time we had planned the bird box build and had two side frames complete!