The Danny Project showcase at the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn
Exhibition Nov 8 - 23, 2018;
Schools' Performances Nov 12, 14.00 (with exhibition tour)
The Danny Film screening Nov 12, 18.00 (entry to the exhibition from 17.00)
â€‹Since spring 2018, children from Gorsewood, St Martin's, Westfield, Fairfield and Our Lady's primary schools have worked with Danny volunteers and with professional artists to explore the history of local waterways, the stories of the Danny team, the ecology of the waterways and the ways they could express their learning through art. The resulting exhibition of the Danny's history and of the children's responses goes on display at the gallery in the Brindley Theatre from November 8th - 23rd.
The children will also be performing and guiding the public around their exhibition from 14.00 - 15.00. Tickets are available from the Brindley box office on 0151 907 8360.
Finally, the volunteers will host a screening of The Danny Film, a one hour documentary following the story of the volunteers who saved the Danny, narrated by Danny patron, Sir Paul Atterbury. This takes place at 18.00, with entry to the exhibition and bar open from 17.00, and a Q&A with the volunteers at the end. Tickets are available from the Brindley box office on 0151 907 8360.
The Danny volunteers were very keen to bring the Danny back to its home in Halton, and to make it accessible to the public. Unfortunately there isn't a berth suitable for the Danny any more. So the volunteers have instead worked to reach the next generation in classrooms, and on board the Danny on the River Weaver, and are bringing the resulting stories back to Halton via this exhibition and the accompanying events. All events are free.
Funding from the Big Lottery enabled us to bring professional artists in to work with the children and volunteers, exploring texture, capturing details, creating colour palettes and drawing using a variety of materials from chinagraph pens to wire. The children were encouraged to understand art as a process of making decisions as to how to organise material, rather than as an ability that you either do or don't have. The Danny and the riverside provided wonderful starting points to inspire the children's artwork, and the artwork fixed images of the Danny and its history in the children's memory.
To discuss the project or future learning opportunities for schools, contact the learning and participation manager, Cathriona Bourke on 07575 197 771 or [email protected]