Linking Hands & Hearts (funded by Awards for All) October 2013 – present)
Dani is delivering creative crafts sessions with five women’s groups across Bolton. Participants are learning new skills in textiles, polymer clay, embroidery and mark making. The women involved are benefitting greatly from these sessions as it offers the chance to make new friends, grow in confidence from learning new skills and increase wellbeing by creating beautiful things.
Artist in Residence – St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School (January 2012 – Present)
Dani has delivered several professional development workshops for the teaching and teaching support staff. These sessions have covered topics such as: drawn portraits, painted portraits, the use of sketchbooks and working in 3D.
Working closely with teaching staff, last year we delivered a textiles printing project with Year 5, a mosaics project with Year 6 and a textiles hanging project that will involve pupils from every year group within the school. There are also plans to work with Year 4 on Tudor-themed sculpture sessions and printing workshops with Year 3.
This year we are building an outdoor sculpture with the reception children that is inspired by Divali and bonfire night, creating 3D sculptures of ‘dream play structures’ with the Year 1 pupils and also constructing a large ‘electrical light-house’ with Year 2.
In addition to these projects, Dani is also working on a school cluster project that will bring pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury, Ladybridge Community Primary School, Devonshire Road Primary School and Pikes Lane Primary School together on an art project that’s inspired by the theme of ‘Friendship’. The work produced by the children will be displayed in the Market Hall shopping centre in Bolton town centre.
Willows Art Group (February 2012 – Present)
We have been delivering this fine art course, subcontracted through the WEA in partnership with Bolton at Home, for over a year now. The group has covered fine art topics such as landscape painting, portraiture, oil paints, watercolour, still life and found object collage. The group has also ventured out on a number of visits to ‘sites of cultural interest’, such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and Rivington Pike.
Bolton Smiley Faces Art Club (October 2011 – Present)
Art For You has been commissioned to work with the members of the charity Bolton Smiley Faces, a support organisation for children with Downs Syndrome and their family. The group meets once a month for supportive fun and we have been providing the group with a creative focus for their gatherings.
Themes so far have included exploring painting and collage, junk modelling, 3D and decorative art work.