The Danny team are committed to interpreting and showcasing the history and heritage of the vessel in dialogue with our learning audiences. We work in partnership with schools, colleges and communities to explore aspects of our history and create and exhibit the resulting work. Last year, we showcased the work of Danny volunteers and Halton primary school pupils in an exhibition at the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn. This year, we are working with sixth form pupils from Cronton Campus at Riverside College to explore some of the design features of the Danny and the industrial landscape of our region, and they will be showcasing a range of work from fashion to fine art on board the Danny this November.
2018 Brindley Arts Centre Runcorn
Exhibition Nov 8 - 23, 2018; For 12 months, children from Gorsewood, St Martin's, Westfield, Fairfield and Our Lady's primary schools 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 was on display at the gallery in the Brindley Theatre from November 8th - 23rd.
The exhibition captured the heart of the Danny project, with public feedback commenting on people's enjoyment of both the work and the archive materials on display. Most particularly, people enjoyed seeing the children's drawings of their ideas for the Danny's future, which showed how much they had engaged with the project. The volunteers put a lot of work into the exhibition, and were gratified, entertained and delighted to see the renactment of the Danny's story performed by Westfield Primary, and the first ever Danny rap song, raising the rafters in the Brindley Studio. The connection across the generations to a newly restored part of our local heritage proved a great learning experience for participants, and also created a display that reached out and engaged the theatre's audiences.
2019 Riverside College
Creative Arts Display on board the Danny
This year, we have worked with sixth form pupils to explore the textures and the physical design of the Danny, her saloons, and the industrial landscape she is a part of. The work they create will be displayed in a showcase designed by the students for their local community.
2020 and beyond
To discuss the project or future learning opportunities for schools, colleges or community learning groups, contact the learning and participation manager, Cathriona Bourke on 07575 197 771 or [email protected]