Goodbye and Thank You from Ash Tree Stream

This may be the end of the Ash Tree Stream project but by no means the end of the work that Andover Trees United are doing in the local community, with artists, or Ash trees – keep up to date with their work va the ATU website and get involved if you can.

You can also visit the Ash Tree Stream page on the CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) website to see the video tour, my interview and a recording of our panel discussion.

You can follow what I get up to next via my individual artist blog at www.jamesaldridgeart.wordpress.com and see my new art and reseach project Queer River at www.queerriver.com.

For now I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to comment on here, to share their own Ash tree related art, photos and experiences using the #AshTreeStream hashtag on Twitter and other social media, and of course all the children, teachers and project partners who have worked together over a very challenging year to create some really special moments.

All of which wouldn’t have happened without the funding I very gratefully received from Arts Council England and CAS.

Here is some feedback from some of those lovely people to leave you with.

‘The children have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the project. They are now all able to identify the trees around them, take greater care in looking after their environment and we have been surprised by the artistic vocabulary they are now using within their art lessons.’

Primary Class Teacher

‘A lovely, thoughtful project which was enjoyed by students and staff alike. We appreciated the calm approach and the inclusivity. Thank you for all your hard work and planning, and your generosity of materials, and spirit.’

Secondary Art Teacher

‘…the children responded to their experiences with interest, delight and even surprise at what they discovered. The discoveries were not merely factual; they offered the children the chance to experience their world in new and unexpected ways.
“Think of the whole field as being your art…” and “If you’re doing art in nature, you connect with nature” are two of my favourite quotes.’

Wendy Davis, Andover Trees United

‘My favourite thing is drawing and making all the stuff we can see and hear’

Year 3 Student

Published by James Aldridge

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

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