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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Trinity Terrace completed!

At Trinity House this week painting was completed and fine detail added using different roof tile, door, window and ‘very posh’ fanlight stencils.

Following last weeks request we also added chimneys to the houses along with a wire aerial for Eleanor. Joyce had the great idea of using one of the spare chimneys as a door step – we’ll just need a really tiny donkey stone to polish it now!

Once the basic painting was completed it was time to add some individual details to the designs; Joyce added a detailed door with fanlight, Edna added some shrubs, grass and flowers to enhance her birdabode’s garden and Brian painted a redwing and wagtail on the side of his house – possibly the start of a graffiti career?

Working at Trinity house has been great fun and we were really pleased that the staff were so positive regarding the engagement by the residents, they’re planning to deliver more similar art activities and we’re hoping to be able to pop back soon and offer some advice and support.

Our last session was topped off when at lunchtime Edna made an impromptu speach in front of everyone thanking us and saying how much she’d enjoyed working on her bird box.

Thank you so much to everyone at Trinity House and hope to see you at the abirdabode exhibition soon to admire the completed Trinity Terrace!

Trinity Terrace gets colourful

A very snowy Wednesday morning and we returned to Trinity House to continue making some house shaped abirdabodes. Although a couple of the group couldn’t make it in due to the snow Edna, Brian, Joyce and Eleanor were keen to get going.

From the drawings we’d made the week before the plan was to make a set of house shaped nest boxes to reflect the houses and mills of Oldham.

Work commenced with mixing some background colours for each house, a series of red, browns and oranges that were applied with dabbing brushes to give a bit of texture. For added interest colours were mixed directly onto the boxes or different tones applied to different sides of the nest boxes. Once the base coat was dry it was time to add some detail. Painting individual bricks by hand was a daunting task so we’d prepared a set of brick pattern stencils to use. We tested one on a scrap of paper and they worked brilliantly. Everyone was amazed with how real the brick and stone work effect was, especially Edna who could hardly wait to add dark red bricks to every side of her nest box even before the base coat was fully dried.

Our first layer of detail added it was time to dash off before the snow got too heavy. Before we left we made a plan for the next layer of details to add to the boxes; chimneys, windows with curtains, a pink front door, trees, gutters and possibly a wheelie bin… All in all Trinity Terrace is going to look great for the abirdabode show and we hope the birds appreciate all the hard work!