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.
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.
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!
For more info, please contact Catherine Smeaton: email@example.com.
For more info on #DeadDay and A Colourful Crowd: www.acolourfulcrowd.co.uk; Facebook: www.facebook.com/acolourfulcrowd; twitter: @acolourfulcrowd; hashtags: #deadday #walsall
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Midlands Face Painting visit: www.midlandsfacepainting.co.uk; Facebook; 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!
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
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 - email@example.com
Event: Woolly Day
Date: Sat 20 October
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Hashtags: #woollyday #woolweek #hirstatwalsall
Taking place at the end of National Wool Week
, Woolly Day is a special day for young people and kid-minded adults to take place in a range of crafts and wool related activities. On the day, young people will be introduced to samples of clean wool and a number of techniques including:
- How to prepare and spin wool
- How to use a spindle
- How to weave… Weaving on a simple loom
There will be opportunities to showcase to young people, in particular, the relationship between a jumper and a sheep, as well as a direct link to Hirst in terms of the portrayal of a sheep.
- Woolly is a sheep (his head being made below) which will be making his debut on Woolly Day. You can knit a red and white scarf.
- Where’s Woolly? Woolly will be going on tour across the borough at various locations such as shop windows.
About The Walsall Handspinners group
Going for 25 years, The Walsall Handspinners Group meeting every Friday evening in Aldridge to partake in a number of Handspinning activities.
The group is made up of 30 members, aged 16-90 years old, made up mostly women. The skills of these women are extensive:
- Spinning yarn
Not only is this a relaxing hobby, they are keeping these crafts alive. As part of what they do, they teach, demonstrate and spread the word about the hobby.
Zoe Renilson, Head of Education at New Art Gallery, Walsall, approached them with the idea of putting on a fibre related activity and that’s how Woolly Day came about.
So, be sure to be in Walsall on Saturday 20th October and go to New Art Gallery and learn all about where you clothes come from and play your part in creating Woolly!
Last Saturday’s ritual
The gallery is slightly improved
Wow the archive gallery looks great. I am eager to see it in person.
It was wonderful last week to visit the Museum of Everything with Neil Lebeter and Jo Digger. We met James Brett the inspirational collector who made the Museum of Everything a reality. For those not in the know the Museum of Everything is an exhibition of what for want of a better term has been called ‘outsider art’. It’s been the smash hit of the autumn and it’s free. Its early days but I hope to collaborate with James on a project next year.
Later in the afternoon we visited the Wild Thing show at the Royal Academy. It was great to visit the show with Jo Digger who is so insightful about Epstein’s work. Jo went into a very detailed explanation of the drawings which lead up to the Rock Drill many of which suggest a kind of hybrid object involving all sorts of other elements including women and doves. After that Jo and Neil joined me at Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, where I have a show called This Artist is Deeply Dangerous.
I went to Chris Ofili’s show at Tate Britain last night. Ofili is an artist who is deeply interested in Art and culture that resides outside the mainstream. Ofili’s show is incredible. It made me think that in painting terms he is as powerful as Francis Bacon. He is way beyond any other painter around just now.
Followers of Museums and their Directors will note that Walsall’s Stephen Snoddy was pretty involved in Ofili’s early career.
10 years of the New Art Gallery Walsall is celebrated early next month with the exhibition ‘Party’. Neil and I will perform our play about Epstein using the puppet theatre and my band The Ken Ardley Playboys are going to play. Bring cotton wool for your ears. It’s good to reflect upon the importance of the Garman Ryan Collection and note that the whole New Art Gallery Walsall would never have existed but for the foresight of Kathleen Garman and her friend Sally Ryan and the gift of their collection to Walsall.
The latest Artwork of the Month is Hélène Binet’s Untitled black & white photograph of the interior of The New Art Gallery. The photograph was taken in 1998 during the construction of the Gallery, showing the concrete which still shows around much of the building before any other elements were added. Pop into the Art Library to find out more…
Especially for all you architecture enthusiasts out there… we’ve just got a lovely new book on Caruso St. John (the architects who designed The New Art Gallery).
Caruso St John: Almost Everything by Philip Urpsung is an in-depth look at almost everything they’ve worked on, looking at their sources of inspiration, and giving a wider context to their projects.
It includes essays, drawings, interviews with the architects and others, and some beautiful photographs.
Well worth popping into the Library to have a look…