Ideas on a Beer Mat

Found this beer mat of an artwork by Susan Walsh from an exhibition at The Tetley in Yorkshire.

The image reminds me of some of the concepts that Marc described when portraying the feelings of being a home carer. Often alone in their struggle and pulling a heavy load.

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Images from Mick’s Photo Archive

Recently discovered in the vaults of local photographer Mick NSE, we found some amazing photos from some of our day trips including Manchester, Preston and the Birdbox Workshop here in Rosegrove.

Batty Over Bird Boxing

A great session at the Bird Box Workshop with Emma Fielding (and her mum).

A good turn out and everyone learnt so much about our endangered birds and bats.

The open-faced bird box is the future and should be encouraged in every garden from now on. Its quick and easy to make from ‘un-treated’ wood with galvanised nails, and it helps the next generation of young birds to build nests in a more natural site, instead of relying on single holed boxes.

As always, we started off with a brew and some good old fashioned and non-judgemental  conversation in the kitchen, art writer and critic Grant Kester would call it a ‘discursive space’ although I prefer to call it a ‘digressive space’. The conversation today was a great example of how the beauty of social interaction can lead to new understandings of the world we live in, each of us recognising how our consumer habits can impact on the local wildlife and beyond.

In the workshop and guided by Emma, we all managed the simple steps to make our own rugged and natural bird box to take home.

We are meeting next Friday morning at Canal Cottages 10am. Pop in for a brew, if you’re passing.

Wardrobe…. Starting the build

Mick, Marc and William started work on turning our wardrobes into an installation of art, which we hope will represent many forms of male caring….. Watch this space !!!

Alternative exhibition spaces.

Looking for a spoon when all you want is a fork.

Preston and public transport !!

A visit to preston was on the cards to meet a new contact called Marcus, and visit a small working art gallery/studios put on by some talented young UCLan graduate artists.

The day was a success and the group feel Marcus will be a great asset for the future. Also the art projects being worked on were very interesting, comparing life in Mexico with Lancashire.

However, the biggest form of surprise was an incident packed train journey home, where there were many forms of debate, opinion, resolve and other skills on show from our members, with one key message being learned “mind your business” or stand up for whats right. Both have positive and negative outcomes as we found out first hand, as the youth of today and the morals of us older folks clearly clashed, which is common on public transport, but all was resolved peacefully and lessons were learned for all parties concerned.🙂

Walking up Fishergate.

Having a tea break.

Camera Talk.

‘A Game Of Bowls’ 1927 by Roger Fry, on display at The Harris Art Gallery & Museum.

Preston’s ‘Covered Market’.

Outside Preston’s indoor market.

The Birley Studios, run by artists.

Healthy competition

Wednesday saw the MWC guys competing  in typical fashion at crown green bowls at the stunning venue of Marsden Park, Nelson. The teams consisted of a wiley veteran called Jimmy and a total novice Marc, taking on the mindgame brothers of William and Mick.

After two blood thirsty games the mindgame brothers talked each other out of victory and the perfectly balanced veteran and first timer shone through.

Spectator sport.

Learning from the master bowler.

Mick in action.