Covid-19: Making Some Changes to the Project

In light of the current situation with Covid-19 our plans for school sessions running through to June, and an exhibition in July at CAS (Chapel Arts Studios), unfortunately won’t be possible.

Happily though, Arts Council England have approved our proposal for a few changes to the project, meaning that we can hang on to our funding and continue to support Andover schoolchildren, teachers and families to use art to engage with local Ash Trees, and learn about associated issues such as Climate Breakdown and Biodiversity.

The main changes to the project will be as follows;

  1. The exhibition at the CAS Chapel will be moving to October (dates tbc)
  2. The third session for each of the 5 partner schools will now happen alongside the exhibition, in October
  3. We have produced two resources (Identifying Ash Trees and Making Art With Ash Trees) sharing some of our ideas for identifying and responding to Ash trees, for children and families to use at home or on their daily walks. Anyone is welcome to use these resources, whether you are connected with the 5 partner schools or not.

If you do get out and identify an Ash Tree (or even spot one from a window) please do take a photo, or make artwork about it. You can share photographs of trees or artwork with us using the #AshTreeStream hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

You can also send them to us via email with a little bit of information about them and you (where is the Ash tree? Why did you choose it? What is your name? How old are you?). We can then add them to the blog.

I may not be able to get out to walk and work with our partner schools right now, but we can share our work more widely on here and on social media and help to inspire people to get involved while they are in isolation at home.

Take care, and please do get in touch, I hope to hear from you soon…

Published by James Aldridge

Visual Artist and Consultant, working and playing with people and places. Based in Wiltshire, UK

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