Arts Derbyshire



Our new Early Years and Families ABC book project continues to gather momentum with the delivery team (Karl Harris, Andrea Joseph, Lucy Jackson) recently completing 5 community workshops in New Mills, Buxton, and Gamesley.

A total of 15 families have so far been involved in music and messy play art sessions with an age range spanning three generations. Our youngest artist was just 8 weeks old!

One mother and baby were staying with a host family in Buxton as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme and it was a joy for the team to watch as participants mingled and made art together. Next steps? Karl has been visiting some of the Project Earth sessions to start work on the writing of 26 acrostic poems that focus on the High Peak,  Lucy will be inviting all the families back to New Mills to work on more music and writing a High Peak song, and Andrea has started work on turning the beautiful artwork made by our babies into some equally beautiful collages to illustrate the book.

We shall be posting more updates throughout the summer and hope to launch the book (and song) sometime in the autumn.

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