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Countdown to #spinspotday: Woolly talks fashion!

Hello, it’s Woolly here and I’m back!

As New Art Gallery’s resident #urbansheep, I am delighted to put my best hoof forward on #spinspotday this Saturday.

Are you coming? You should. It’s going to be fab! Baaaa!!!!

Well, my friends in A Colourful Crowd have worked so hard on putting together a whole bunch of great activities for you all, including a Fashion Show with Chloe Avon and Dream Street.

So Gok Wan move aside! I am in charge. I know what fashion conscious sheep want, so watch out for me on Saturday as I will be there modelling too!

Yes, a sheep on the catwalk! It’s the future I tell you!

See you on Saturday – and be sure to drop me a tweet @woolly18 and send me pictures on #spinspotday!

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Countdown to #spinspotday: Fashion comes to The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Two weeks to #spinspotday and we’re starting our build up right here with a series of blog posts introducing what we will be doing on the day.

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Let there be fashion …. introducing the The Dream Street Group!

Dream Street Group

We are excited to be working with Chloe Avon and her most excellent business The Dream Street Group to put on a Spin Day Spot Day fashion show over the afternoon! Chloe will wow us with costumes, models and a catwalk all keeping to the theme of the day.

Organisers of the Walsall Fashion Week back in January, Chloe has been winning many plaudits. Chloe is an internationally endorsed artist manager and award winning event planner, ranked 9th out of 100 for Best New Event Designer in England & ranked 14th out of top 100 worldwide in the Wedding Industry Expert Awards 2013.

We cannot wait for you all to see what she has in store on #spinspotday on 29th June 2013. Join us at The New Art Gallery from Walsall.

About The Dream Street Group
The Dream Street Group are an Award Winning Event & Model Management Company based in the West Midlands, created to question an image
deceived society with real people challenging the industry requirements across the nation, designed to models of all ages, sizes and backgrounds they aim to promote ethical modelling through enhancing healthy lifestyles and at Dream Street Roadshows at Schools and organisations across the West Midlands.

Dream Street Group – web | facebook | twitter.

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A Colourful Crowd: What’s happening on #DeadDay?

Get creative, get made up, get dancing, get involved and eat cake for #DeadDay.

So, #DeadDay is almost here … this is what’s happening on the day.
Join us on Saturday 23rd February at New Art Gallery Walsall from 12pm.

We promise you a full afternoon of FREE, yes FREE activities.

Join us at New Art Gallery from 12pm for a day of fun activities for all ages!

1. Street dancing with RhythmJunkiez
The showpiece of #deadday. Fancy An afternoon of #deadday themed dancing with World Street Dance Qualifiers? Rhythm Junkiez will work with you to create a vibrant and exciting dance piece for zombies of all ages and abilities.

If you want to learn a routine with professionals and then perform it, then come along from 12pm.
All ages and abilities (including no ability at all) welcome. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

2. #DeadDay Exclusive Walking Tour of Walsall

An exclusive walking tour of Walsall with Ian Braisby of IAB Tours and Midlands Discovery Tours. Explore the rich and varied history of Walsall – fascinating stories, anecdotes and trivia about the town and plenty of stories about the dark side of Walsall’s history. You’ll never think of the town in the same way again.

When? Leaving from New Art Gallery, Walsall at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and last 75-90 mins. Returning to New Art Gallery, Walsall.
How to book? Book on day. Our young people will be on hand to book you on in the Gallery foyer.

3. Cupcake making sessions courtesy of Cupkakery
Let Walsall Eat Cake! We firmly believe pleasure comes in many forms on #DeadDay! Courtesy of the most excellent Cupkakery, we invite you to make devilishly fun cakes in our exclusive and FREE cupcake making sessions for you all to try your hand at! Sessions start at 1pm, and run on the hour.
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2pm
3pm

How to book? Please book for these sessions on the day! Find one of our young people and we will book you on.

4. Facepainting courtesy of Debs from Midlands Face Painting

We are delighted to welcome Debra from Midlands Face Painting who will be on hand to paint faces of all ages for FREE – and in a manner and style appropriate for #DeadDay!

When and how? Facepainting runs all afternoon from 12pm. Debs will be in a very public place. Form an orderly queue and we will ensure you will be made up!

5. T-shirt printing courtesy of the young people from @acolourfulcrowd

Our young people are running exclusive free t-shirt printing – get hands on and create your own t-shirt from a number of designs.

6. Badge making

We will have a badge making machine for everyone to make + create their own exclusive #DeadDay badge. We will be on hand to show you how.

7. Woolly’s Competition

Walsall’s resident rock and roll sheep Woolly is running an exclusive competition. Guess what his mate (and distant relative), the lamb in formaldehyde (you call him Away From the Flock) wants you to guess what he’s thinking. More info.

8. ….. + last but not least a FREE cupcake courtesy of Cupkakery (first come first served) in exchange for your input!

That’s a deadly flavour of the things happening on #deadday.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this Saturday from 12pm!

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For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

For more info on #DeadDay and A Colourful Crowdwww.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall

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A Colourful Crowd – Guest Blog from Woolly!

Hello, hello, hello all – it’s Woolly here!

I have been asked by the young flock known as A Colourful Crowd to blog ahead of their debut event #DeadDay next Saturday 23rd February.

Since I was knitted into being last year, I have been really lucky to meet with so many wonderful children and adults and live a fantastic urban sheep lifestyle.

So to be able to blog on the New Art Gallery website is indeed an honour. I surprised even myself.

I am very much alive! In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the sheep is shown to be easily led and dimwitted. I am not a typical sheep!

I may not talk or move but I am such a handy sheep behind the scenes. If you have seen Toy Story, then you’ll know your eyes are deceiving you.

Ask yourself, if you walk away from a tree, does it make a sound? Ah, well there you go! That’s the kind of mystery I like to maintain.

That said, I do make my own decisions! The staff at New Art Gallery know this.

So as Walsall’s cutest sheep with an existence as an art expert and object of affection from kids and adults alike, I want to experience only the best things that Walsall has to offer!

So, I want to bleat loudly and with unquestionable enthusiasm about the upcoming event Dead Day on February 23rd 2013.

Little did I know that quite a few of A Colourful Crowd talk to the animals! They came to talk to me. I continued the chat on Skype with Tim and Zoe who said that the Crowd would love me to do something for #deadday.

I am not sheepish, that’s for sure! I said, “yes please!”.

I thought that DeadDay needed a competition so here it is…

Woolly’s #Dead Day Competition

Next Saturday, my mate (and distant relative), the lamb in formaldehyde (you call him Away From the Flock) wants you to guess what he’s thinking.

Let’s face it, the lamb has had a lot of time to think about stuff in that cage! I haven’t got a clue half the time what the lamb is talking about.

What you need to do? 1) There will some bits of paper and pens/pencils. 2) Write down what you think the lamb is thinking, let us know who you are, and 3) put your entry in the handy box with your details.

The funniest, weirdest, wackiest or best entry will win a copy of our Damien Hirst catalogue and limited edition one-off signed photo of me freshly out the Gallery’s office printer.

Only one entry per participant, so make it brilliant! :)

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That’s it from me. I’m off to the gym and then to the baa-baa shop for a haircut ahead of next week!

I will be fully present for #deadday so be sure to catch me and show some love!

Thanks again to the folk from the Crowd for giving me the chance to blog. Can I do this more often?

Bye, bye for now!

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For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

For more info on #DeadDay, www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall

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A Colourful Crowd: #DeadDay goes dancing with Rhythm Junkiez!

We are delighted to welcome Lotty and the team from Rhythm Junkiez to do something a bit special for #deadday next Saturday.

What is planned: to create a vibrant and exciting dance piece for zombies of all ages and abilities.

Try your hand at a ‘Dead Day’ inspired Street Dance as choreographed by World Street Dance Championship Qualifiers - Rhythm Junkiez. With a megamix of spooky, cheesy, Hip Hop and chart topping tracks this workshop is guaranteed to get those toes tapping and most importantly ensure a good day is had by all.

We are trying not to reveal too many surprises at this stage, but let’s just say, if you want to be involved in something from scratch and then perform it on the same day, then get yourselves along to New Art Gallery for 12pm on the 23rd Feb.

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For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

For more on Rhythm Junkiez visithttp://www.rhythmjunkiez.co.ukFacebook; Twitter: @rhythmjunkiez

For more info on #DeadDaywww.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall

….. Yet more on #DeadDay tomorrow!

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A Colourful Crowd: Deadly Face Painting + Make Up for #DeadDay

We are delighted to welcome Debra from Midlands Face Painting who will be on hand to paint faces of all ages – and in a manner and style appropriate for #DeadDay!

Midlands Face Painting offer a variety of services, including face painting, glitter tattoos using stencils and skin-friendly glue so that they last for a few days, special effects make-up such as wounds, scars and bruising and, balloon modelling.

According to Debra, “with regards to face painting, as well as offering standard face paints for those who want it, with old favourites such as Spiderman, tigers, butterflies, ‘Hello Kitty’, pirates and princesses, Midlands Face Painting will also be offering themed faces to tie in with Dead Day, so be prepared to witness transformations into zombies, vampires, ghosts and monsters!  Small hand painted tattoos on the arm, cheek or hand are also available.”

We’re really excited to have Debs on board for #deadday, so get yourself painted up and looking glam … in a ghoulish kind of way! :)

And because it’s #DeadDay, you will not have to pay anything.

You will be able to book on the face-painting on #DeadDay itself – please note, this is first come, first served!

For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

For more on Midlands Face Painting visit: www.midlandsfacepainting.co.ukFacebook; Twitter: @midsfacepaint

For more info on #DeadDay, visit www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowdTwitter: @acolourfulcrowd; Hashtags: #deadday #walsall

….. Yet more on #DeadDay tomorrow!

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A Colourful Crowd – On #deadday, “Let Walsall Eat Cake!”, Saturday 23rd February 2013

Let Walsall eat cake!

As part of #deadday on February 23rd, we are delighted to welcome Yvonne from Kake and Cupkakery.

We firmly believe pleasure comes in many forms on #DeadDay! Not only will Yvonne be bringing in some devilishly lovely reats for visitors to indulge in, she will be running a series of cake making sessions for you all to try your hand at!

… And of course, if that wasn’t exciting enough, this being Dead Day, all the creations will come with a twist appropriate to the theme of #deadday.

From our point of view, nothing quite beats cake, and Yvonne will not disappoint.

And because it’s #DeadDay, you will not have to pay a dime.

You will be able to book onto the cake making sessions on #DeadDay itself – please note, sessions and free cakes are strictly first come, first served!

For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

For more on Yvonne’s lovely creations at Cupcakery visit www.cupkakery.co.uk; www.letthemeatkake.co.uk; Twitter: @Cupkakery; Facebook.com/Cupkakery; Yvonne’s blog: https://kakeandcupkakery.wordpress.com

For more info on #DeadDay, visit www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd Twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; Hashtags: #deadday #walsall

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A Colourful Crowd – Build up to #deadday: Walking Tour of Walsall, Saturday 23rd February 2013

The countdown to #deadday on February 23rd begins. In the run up to the big day, we will be introducing each of the activities taking place on the day, starting with ….

The #DeadDay Walking Tour of Walsall

We are delighted to welcome Ian Braisby, professional Blue Badge tourist guide from Midlands Discovery Tours and Birmingham Ghost Walks to explore the rich and varied history of Walsall.

As Ian explains, “Our walking tour will be packed with fascinating stories, anecdotes and trivia about the town, its people and some of the events that Walsall has witnessed over the centuries.  We will cover everything from famous local people, to the trades that made the area famous, to world-renowned musicians.”

“And, of course, as the day is Dead Day, there will be plenty of stories about the darker side of Walsall’s history, including murder, executions and a haunting or two for good measure.  You’ll never think of the town in the same way again!”

The walking tour will leave from New Art Gallery Walsall on #Deadday, Saturday February 23rd 2013, and will run twice on #DeadDay and, like all of our activities on #deadday will be available exclusively FREE.

Times/How to book? You will be able to book onto the walking tour on the day of the event. More info on times to follow.

For any queries, please contact Catherine Smeatonsmeatonc@walsall.gov.uk.

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For more information on Midlands Discovery Tours:  website; facebook: click here; twitter: @MidsDiscovery.

Follow A Colourful Crowd: www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk, facebook: click here; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd

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Another #deadday activity to be revealed tomorrow! Stay tuned.

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A Colourful Crowd: Dead Day (Saturday 23rd February 2013)

For one day only, Dead Day will turn New Art Gallery Walsall into a playground of fun, interactive and educational activities.


Partly inspired by Damien Hirst, we invite you to take part in a range of intriguing activities, including:

- A explorers walk around Walsall Town Centre’s history
- Prepare and eat some devilishly tasty treats
- Learn to dance your socks off
… And see the gallery in an altogether different light!

Join us for an afternoon of fun and frivolity.

For more info, visit www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd
Twitter: @acolourfulcrowd
Hashtags: #deadday #walsall

A Colourful Crowd is an exciting and ground breaking programme run by young people, offering an alternative take on what happens at The New Art Gallery Walsall, developing the skills of young people, and in turn, helping to shape their futures.

Free, no need to book, just drop in!

For enquiries on Dead Day, please contact Catherine Smeaton - smeatonc@walsall.gov.uk

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Love Your Heart day (Saturday 9th February 2013)

Love Your Heart day (#loveyourheart) is coming to New Art Gallery Walsall on Saturday 9th February 2013 and we are delighted to be working with the Lifestyle Services team at Walsall NHS Healthcare to support a very important cause in the town.

Coming along to your local museum or gallery is good for your health e.g. part of an active lifestyle, reduces stress levels, engages your brain etc.

On Saturday 9th February 12-4pm, we will be offering a range of activities, both fun and serious to raise awareness of looking after your heart and making use of the many FREE services that you can access in Walsall:

In conjunction with the popular Damien Hirst exhibition at the gallery which links to health the team will be offering:

Physical Activities – come and join us to get your heart rate up!

Mental Health and Well-being information and gallery survey – does art improve your well-being?

Health Trainers – would love to take your BMI and BP, and advise you on all things healthy!

Alcohol Awareness – what do your units add up to?

Smoking – come and take the Carbon Monoxide test and see how you score!

Healthy Ageing – how can you help yourself age gracefully?

Healthy Workplace – like what’s on offer? Book us to visit your work place!

Donate you heart – create a heart at the Gallery and donate it to their wall display

FREE Tai Chi session from 12pm – with teacher Gavin Mitchell.

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Being in the gallery environment is good to reduce your stress levels, chat with the well being team to find out more about this.

It’s time to spring clean your system starting with looking after your heart. Where better place to start than Love Your Heart day at New Art Gallery Walsall. Join us from 12pm on Saturday 9th Feb.

The event is also a precursor to No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13th March, where Walsall Lifestyle Services will be providing health checks and information around health and well-being with fun activities to take part in! To donate towards the cause of the event (The British Heart Foundation) please follow this link http://www.justgiving.com/walsallnosmokingdayjailbreak OR text SWAG69 to 70070 followed by your amount e.g. £1

Spread the word on facebook and twitter and use the hashtag: #loveyourheart