Past Projects

Community Textiles Hanging (April – July 2012)

We delivered a 12 week project working with female residents from the St Vincent’s Housing Association. The course developed and shared textiles skills with the particpants who worked collaboratively together to produce a large scale, beautiful textile piece. The art work incorporated patchwork, crochet, knitting and embroidery and is currently hung at the Farnworth UCAN Centre in Bolton.

‘Origami Fish Installation (May – July 2012)

We were commissed to work with a group of talented young artists at the St Thomas of Canterbury primary school in Bolton. The group of 25 pupils were taken from across each year of the school and Dani worked closely with them over a number of months by facilitating discussions about art and artists (what is an artist? Why do you like art?), running free creative workshops and by helping the group to distill its own ideas for an art project that would incorporate work from every child in the school.

This was an ambitious project that delivered a high impact and impressive ‘Origami Fish Installation’ in the school’s library. Every child (from reception to those about to leave for secondary school) contributed to the piece, which has enriched the school environment enormously.

‘Creative Textiles’ at Bolton Central Library (May – June 2012)

This was an 8 week course, subcontracted through WEA, which took a group of participants through a series of textiles techniques (including various patchwork approaches, hand embroidery and 3D forms) and encouraged individuals to create their own response using shapes and colours. The project included looking at textiles pieces from Bolton Museum’s archives and development of personal creatived skills to build particpants’ self confidence.

‘Face of Britain’ (January – March 2012)

Art For You was commissioned to support St Thomas of Canterbury School, in Bolton, to produce art work for the national ‘Face of Britain’ project to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee in March 2012.

In order to support the school in its goal, we delivered workshops with the teaching staff of the school to ensure that they have the skills and understanding to support all the pupils of the school in producing a self portrait. When all participating schools from around Britain have submitted their self portraits, each portrait will make up a pixel of the Queen’s face, which will then be projected onto the Houses of Parliament

Introduction to patchwork, Levenshulme, Manchester (October 2011 – July 2012)

This was a year long project, subcontracted through WEA in partnership with the charity Irish Community Care. Dani led a group of elderly participants (aged between 70 and 90 years old) through the patchwork process. The participants designed, cut and hand sewed their patchwork pieces. The overall aim of the project was for the group to produce several finished patchwork quilts which were donated to the Cornerstone charity for the homeless in Manchester.

‘On the surface’ (February – March 2012)

This was a 9 week fine art course that was run at the Willows Community Centre in the Deane area of Bolton as part of WEA’s Peripheral Vision project.

The group of participants used ‘favourite objects’ of their own to create the inspiration for their individual exploration of creative media. Each person explored a very personal journey in their use of media and self expression. This ranged from pencil sketching, to 3D mixed media, textiles and mosaic tile art.

Introduction to patchwork, Salford, Manchester (October 2011 – July 2012)

This was a year long project run in parallel with the Levenshulme project, subcontracted through WEA in partnership with Irish Community Care. Dani led a group of elderly participants (aged between 70 and 90 years old) through the patchwork process. The participants designed, cut and hand sewed their patchwork pieces. The overall aim of the project was for the group to produce several finished patchwork quilts which were donated to the Cornerstone charity for the homeless in Manchester.

‘My favourite things’ (February – March 2012)

This was an 8 week course run at the Angel Centre in Salford working with adults with learning disability. This group regularly took part in craft activities, however this class provided them with an opportunity to explore artistic media in a free, creative way. They explored dry and wet media and participated in screen printing and textile printing workshops at the People’s History Museum and the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

This project was run as part of the WEA Peripheral Vision project.

Creative play for pre-schoolers (April 2010 – March 2011)

Working as part of a freelance team of artists, subcontracted by the Live Arts company, Dani delivered creative play workshops with pre-school children and their families within 9 of the Children’s Centres in Bolton.

Themes of the Creative Play workshops included visual arts, music and song, story telling and messy play. All sessions were designed and delivered to meet EYFS learning objectives for all ages of children participating (0-5 years).

Kids’ Art Club (April – June 2010)

An innovative approch to creative pre-school fun. We ran a series of Creative Play workshops within a soft play centre in Manchester. The workshops gave children aged 0-5 years access to one hour of Creative Play and one hour of Soft Play activity.

Thems for play included making pirate costumes (hat, treasure necklace, bejewelled dreadlock and telescope), face painting, dry messy play, farm yard fun (pig masks, animal collage, leaf play), under the sea (making bottle aquariums, jelly fish wind socks, fish puppets).

Cook – Inspire – Create (October – December 2011)

An exciting project, run in conjunction with Bolton at Home, that delivered cookery, art, photography, creative writing and film making classes in parallel. Residents of the Deane are of Bolton could elect to participate in any of the activities on offer, with food and cookery being the inspiration for the creative courses.

Dani Gaines, Director of Art For You, led the art course over 11 weeks. Participants reported benefits such as: making new friends, learning about drawing, painting and collage techniques, activity in a relaxing environment and development of creative skills.