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Making shimmering Space @ #Broadreachproject :

I had the most pleasurable experience and honour of scooting up to the lovely Taigh-chearsabagh Arts Centre to facilitate an Outer Space Sculpture making workshop, with local artist Margaret Maclellan and the very talented and hardworking weans of Uist ,as part of the Artists Rooms programme, #Broadreachproject.

We took great inspiration from Vija Celmins beautiful works in the gallery and the #letstalkaboutspace songs and inspirational talks of the day and with a pile of junk , a mound of glitter and sparkles and some fluorescent paint and inflatables , we began to imagine and create our very own space-scape. The children lead a series of constructions to build a moon scape, several spacecrafts , astronauts ,aliens ,stars, galaxies and planets.We even managed to create a telescope to look out to our own skies with!

Running from 12-6pm , we had around 16 children ,varying in age from 3 – 15yrs ,some of the children were colouring and pasting in details for hours in order to create the perfect component for the scape. Their dedication was most impressive.Sticky and glittery we assembled our pieces on a line against a dark sky backdrop in the studio and played with the sparkling cosmos in the light. Both older and younger ones provided assistance and support for one another , such great team and patient work was carried out all day. I was most impressed with their ambitious works and clever and creative engineering!

It was a fine wee shimmering day of Space-inspired making !

Many thanks to the Taigh-chearsabagh team for having me up to get involved with the fun and to Margaret for all her help and encouragement during the session.

I hope to come back and visit those little budding creative stars again soon!

Over and out.

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