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Exciting Online Arts Opportunity
Art in the Park is a new, collaborative pilot project between Kirkby Gallery and Knowsley Safari Park, seeking to offer free artist-led learning experiences for all, in response to the Park, its animals and conservation aims.
The project was borne out of the challenging times placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst Kirkby Gallery remains temporarily closed and the Safari Park seeking new creative ways in which to engage the public, Art in the Park offers a new and exciting series of outdoors-inspired sessions as delivered by three visual artists and one creative writer.
The artists have been tasked with developing a piece of artwork or writing, as inspired by an aspect of the Safari Parks site. For each artistic commission there will be four online films / sessions, which can be booked online via the Knowsley Safari Park website, as well as being promoted across Kirkby Gallery’s social media.
The sessions follow each artist on their creative journey, from their initial visit, through to idea development, through to completion but uniquely to this project, the audience gets to learn about their technical processes and artistic imaginings, as well as learning about the wider conservation issues relevant to their artwork.
In the fourth and final session, there is a Q & A opportunity for the audience, whereby they can post questions live to the artist and engage directly.
As this is a pilot project, some of the sessions have been developed for schools whilst others, for the general public and adult audiences. Here are the dates and artists delivering the sessions:
For general public / adults:
Julia Midgley: Monday 1, 8, 22 February and 1 March, all sessions at 10am
Anthony Ratcliffe: Tuesday 2, 9, 23 February and 2 March, all sessions at 10am
Johanna Robinson: Monday 8, 15 22 March & 12 April, all sessions at 10am and 2pm
Patricia McDonald-Holmes: Tuesday 9,16, 23 March & 13 April, all sessions at 10am and 2pm
Julia Midgley: Staffin’ the Safari
Julia Midgley is a printmaker and documentary artist. Direct observational drawing and reportage provides the bedrock for her practice. Sketchbook pages contain drawn records of live action, particularly in the workplace where she acts as a graphic journalist or Fly on the Wall.
Julia’s practice has seen her work in a variety of situations, from being Artist in Residence for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Granada TV news dept in 2000, to a residency in Provence in 2006 as part of the Centenary of Cezanne, and in in 2016, her work was shortlisted for the Derwent and Ruskin Drawing prizes. This is to name but a few. 2021 sees a return of Julia to Knowsley, since her 2002 documentary illustration exhibition in the then, Huyton Gallery. ‘Top Draw’ captured many aspects of life in and around Huyton and we are delighted that she returns now to document a completely different aspect of the borough.
For this project, Julia has chosen to focus on work behind the scenes, wherein animals and keepers work together building relationships for the benefit of animal wellbeing and conservation. Animal training at the park allows for health inspections without the need for sedation. This can take place before an audience promoting animal welfare whilst engaging children. During my initial visit I was much taken by the Red River Hogs and Tapirs. The Hogs with their striking appearance will give rise to dramatic drawings. I hope to raise their profile and popularity in this way. Additionally, I’d wish to engage keepers in conversation about their strategies, whilst drawing them in the workplace. For my theme they are as important as their charges.
Anthony Ratcliffe: Revisioning the Rhino
In 1515 the artist Albrecht Durer made a woodcut print of a rhinoceros, he had never seen an actual rhino and made the image from a sketch and written description given to him by an unknown artist who had seen the Indian rhino in Lisbon. During this period it was quite common for kings and rulers to exchange exotic animals as gifts, the rarer the animal, the more prestige was attached. This was an early example of the trading of animals for dubious means and it is hard to imagine that the work of artists was the only visual means of introducing these foreign animals to the public in the western world.
As an artist whose preferred medium is the woodcut print, when commissioned to work with a subject matter at Knowsley Safari Park, Anthony was attracted to the idea of revisiting the idea of a rhinoceros woodcut with contemporary associations.
Anthony is a now a full-time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections.
Anthony works from drawings and material collected on site and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape and particularly the way it shows evidence of past land usage, geology, archaeology. He also researches literary descriptions and historical associations.
He has created numerous collections of work and exhibitions associated with various aspects of British landscape, including ‘Broken Ground’, ‘Shoreline and Watershed’, ‘Rain Stone and Rust’ and his current project, ‘Northern Stones and Peat Smoke’ was exhibited in Kirkby Gallery 2019 as its first public showing. Prior to this, Knowsley Culture Service were delighted to have previously exhibited his stunning ‘Shoreline and Watershed’ exhibition in 2013.
Patricia McDonald-Holmes: Getting under the Skin
Patricia is a Knowsley based multi-disciplinary artist, of which printmaking, collage and digital manipulation are core to recurring methods and media for imagery and designs. Her approach to this commission will centre upon creating portraits / scenes depicting the habitat and nature of a selection of animals from the Park.
For Art in the Park, Patricia will use resource images of skeletal structures of a range of animals and then select three animals in which to form a base layer for individual artworks, leading to an overall triptych. The modern day relationship between archive photography, image manipulation and photographic reproduction processes, digital imaging and print technology will play a part in the build-up of the images.
My aim is to explore the traditions of montage, collage, frottage and decoupage related to concepts of fragmentation and animal identity in the Knowsley Safari Park setting.
Patricia’s arts practice to date has explored restructuring personal memories and places discovered through travelling, with an aim to present more ethereal images through layer, marks and texture using a variety of traditional woodblock, silkscreen, embossing and digital printmaking techniques. Her images are created with a reaction and sympathy for the artefacts, photographic records and source material found on these journeys.
Patricia teaches A Level art, media and graphic design at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School & Sixth Form, so her commission will best use her experience and be specifically for key stage 2 and key stage 3 learners (Year 3 to Year 9)in schools in Knowsley and across the Liverpool City Region area.
Johanna Robinson: Safari Scribblers
As the only commissioned creative writer, Johanna offers a different perspective in which to explore the Safari Park. Being based in Prescot, she also offers a more local angle to her work and response.
Johanna comes to this project with a broad and impressive professional portfolio that includes a MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds, ten years’ training and practising as a lawyer, as well as being trained as a proofreader. Her venture in writing short stories began in 2015 and now she writes short stories and flash fiction. Her stories have been published in print and online and her novella-in-flash, Homing, was published in June 2019 by Ad Hoc Fiction. In April 2020, Johanna won the Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction, with her 400-word story, Yew, and in October 2020, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, with her 300-word story, Blessings, 1849.
Johanna’s commission will offer a series of individual writing exercises for schools and activities that explore ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories, concepts on refuge and people’s perspective on the Park as visitors. Johanna will draw upon her own career, writers and writings that inspire her, so as to guide our young learners on this writing-based journey.
Johanna’s workshop are designed for Key Stage 2 learners (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6) ________________________________________
Note: All visits made by the individual artists and staff, adhered to Covid-19 safety measures and were compliant to social distancing rules at all times.
Kirkby Gallery is the sister venue to Prescot Museum and both venues are part of the Culture Development & Events Service for Knowsley Council.
Art in the Park, is part of Kirkby Gallery’s ‘Out There and Online’ project as funded by
Tesco Mobile Reconnects – See if your eligible
Tesco mobile have launched a two year digital inclusion partnership.
The two-year partnership is the cornerstone of ‘Tesco Mobile Reconnects’, which between now and 2023, will see Tesco Mobile commit to giving over £2.4 million worth of phones, devices and connectivity to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people reconnect with society.
If you know of a service user who is in need of a device or connectivity, a request can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Its literally that easy just email them referencing Tesco Mobile Reconnects, how it would benefit a service user and what devices are needed and hopefully they will send one out to them.
Also don’t forget about the offer of cheap connection for those that have a device and are on benefits from VOXI below.
A phone company, VOXI, are providing unlimited data, calls and texts for any individuals on JSA, ESA and Universal Credit for £10 a month. Anyone eligible can apply for this up to 31st January 2021 and the offer lasts for 6 months. No credit checks are done, nor is there a contract to sign. Payment is via a payment card.
Anyone eligible can apply through the link below – they will need to upload a photo of proof of benefits.
Stop Smoking Support Knowsley
Prescot Town Hall Closure with effect from 5th January 2021 until further notice
Prescot Town Hall will be closed to members of the public with immediate effect until further notice due to the current national lockdown. We can still be contacted via telephone on 0151 426 3933 or e-mail at email@example.com.
The Town Hall will be closed from the 24th December 2020 until 4th January 2021
Mayor of Prescot Charity Christmas Raffle – Winners
The Mayor of Prescot’s Charity Christmas Raffle has been drawn and all the lucky winners with contact numbers have been contacted today (21/12/20). We have raised £700 for the Mayors Charity and would like to thank all those people and businesses that donated a prize or purchased raffle tickets. Here is the list of winning tickets, if you think you have won but have not been contacted please call 0151 426 3933:-
|No||Prize||Winning Raffle Ticket No & Colour||Raffle Winner Name|
|1||£50 M&S Voucher donated by Britannia Fleet||112 – White||Stauto|
|2||Large Food Hamper donated by Rays Bakery||440 – Blue||Sue – Millicans|
|3||£50 voucher for Animal Ink Tattooist||462 – Blue||James Phillips|
|4||£25 Gift Voucher for Jessie & Co||294 – White||Rachel Roberts|
|5||Monthly pass for Yoga Loft worth £70||370 – Blue||Mike Rush|
|6||Monthly gym pass for Urban Kingz MMA & Fitness||492 – Blue||John Wilson|
|7||£50 Knowsley Town Centres Gift Card from Morecrofts Solicitors||338 – Blue||Louise Sephton|
|8||Treatment Voucher for Beauty Defined by Ashley||339 – Blue||Jenny Gore|
|9||Treatment Voucher for Beauty Defined by Ashley||328 – White||Susan Pilkington|
|10||Treatment Voucher for Beauty Defined by Ashley||446 – Blue||Joan Gittons|
|11||Treatment Voucher for Beauty Defined by Ashley||386 – Blue||Pam Cooper|
|12||Treatment Voucher for Beauty Defined by Ashley||1 – White||Sharon Williamson|
|13||3 hrs cleaning services donated by Well Polished St Helens||394 – White||Gill Burns|
|14||£20 Beijing Restaurant Voucher||240 – White||Libby Burke|
|15||Bottle of Champagne donated by Forest Farm Doggie Walking||57 – White||Pat Kelly|
|16||£10 gift voucher for POCO Bar & Café||378 – Blue||Janice Garnett|
|17||Everton Training Jacket||118 – White||Stauto|
|18||Everton Training Jacket||337 – Blue||Hannah McGarry|
|19||Everton Training Jacket||131 – White||Marianne Burke-Thompson|
|20||Everton Training Jacket||361 – Blue||Sue McGee|
|21||Everton Training Jacket||283 – White||Metalcraft|
|22||Bottle of JJ Whitley Blood Orange Gin donated by Imaginarium Bistro||128 – White||Marianne Burke-Thompson|
|23||£15 gift voucher for Imaginarium Bistro||13 – White||Dawn Anderson|
|24||1 x Haircut voucher for Rogues & Rascals||211 – White||Peter Hewitson|
|25||1 x Haircut voucher for Rogues & Rascals||95 – White||Mark Burke|
|26||1 x Haircut voucher for Rogues & Rascals||472 – Blue||Wayne Roscoe|
|27||1 x Haircut voucher for Rogues & Rascals||419 – Blue||Rob Millican|
|28||1 x Haircut voucher for Rogues & Rascals||375 – White||Mandy Roberts|
|29||Gift voucher for 2 x Chinese Meals from the BIG Chippy||485 – Blue||Mariangela Hankinson|
|30||Thorntons Chocolates from Tesco Prescot||109 – White||Julie Burke|
|31||Lindt Chocolates from Tesco Prescot||432 – White||Dan Wilson|
|32||Toiletries from Tesco Prescot||439 – Blue||Sue – Millicans|
|33||Children’s Games from Tesco Prescot||235 – White||Libby Burke|
|34||Bottle of Wine donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents||422 – Blue||Dan Wilson|
|35||Google Nest Mini donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents||160 – White||Helen Thompson|
|36||Bottle of Baileys donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents||233 – White||Libby Burke|
|37||Bottle of Glenfiddich Whiskey donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents||402 – Blue||Harry Hughes|
|38||Bottle of Prosecco donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents||493 – Blue||John Wilson|
|39||Bottle of Prosecco||356 – Blue||Pat Cook|
|40||Box of Heroes||376 – Blue||Janice Garnett|
|41||Nivea Very Cherry bag with toiletries||234 – White||Libby Burke|
|42||Midnight Bloom bath treats||500 – Blue||Ian Greenway|
|43||David Beckham Aftershave & Shower Gel set||322 – White||Jimmy Stanley|
|44||Party Game/Football songs/Men’s Toiletries||337 – White||Chris Turner|
|45||Lavender Slippers & Bath Bombs||365 – Blue||Sue McGee|
|46||Jack Wills travel toiletry gift bag||417 – Blue||Rob Millican|
|47||Golf Stationery Set & Loreal Toiletry Set||260 – White||Debbie Wickens|
|48||Socks/Foot Lotion & Next Perfume Gift bag||354 – Blue||Ben Heaps|
|49||Molton Brown bath bauble/Choc Caramels/Handwash/cream/Oils for face, body & hair||381 – Blue||Ian Smith|
|50||FCUK toiletry set & mobile screen protector||350 – White||Joanne Burke|
|51||Next perfume & body butter & bath fizzers||210 – White||Peter Hewitson|
|52||Children’s Colouring set/Elf toy/Solar Wobbler & pencil case||401 – Blue||Carys|
|53||Everton Training Jacket||488 – Blue||Alan Pye|
|54||Everton Training Jacket||245 – White||Mary Gearing|
|55||Bottle of JJ Whitley Mango & Papaya Gin/Crackers/Snowglobe donated by the Green Party||110 – White||Julie Burke|
Mayor of Prescot Charity Christmas Raffle
Tickets are now on sale for Mayor’s Christmas raffle. £1 per ticket with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s Charity with recipients chosen at the end of the Mayoral term. Tickets can be purchased from Prescot Town Hall – Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm.
The raffle will be drawn at 2.00pm on Friday 18th December 2020 & winners must collect prizes from Prescot Town Hall by 22nd December 2020.
- £50 M&S Voucher donated by Britannia Fleet
- £50 Knowsley Town Centres Gift Card donated by Morecrofts Solicitors
- Food Hamper donated by Rays Bakery
- £50 Gift voucher for Animal Ink tattooist
- £25 Gift Voucher for Jessie & Co
- Monthly pass for Yoga Loft worth £70
- Monthly gym pass for Urban Kingz MMA
- £50 Knowsley Town Centres Gift Card donated by Morecrofts Solicitors
- 5 x Treatment vouchers for Beauty Defined by Ashley
- 3 hrs cleaning donated by Well Polished St Helens
- £20 Beijing restaurant voucher
- Bottle of Champagne donated by Forest Farm Doggie Walking
- £10 Gift voucher for POCO Bar & Cafe
- 7 x Everton Training Jackets
- Bottle of JJ Whitley Blood Orange Gin donated by Imaginarium Bistro
- £15 Gift voucher for Imaginarium Bistro
- 5 x Haircut vouchers for Rogues & Rascals
- Gift voucher for 2 x Chinese Meals from The BIG Chippy
- Thornton Chocolates donated by Tesco Prescot
- Lindt Chocolates donated by Tesco Prescot
- Toiletries donated by Tesco Prescot
- Children’s Games donated by Tesco Prescot
- Bottle of Wine donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents
- Google Nest Mini donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents
- Bottle of Baileys donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents
- Bottle of Glenfiddich Whiskey donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents
- Bottle of Prosecco donated by Cameron Mackenzie Estate Agents
- Bottle of Prosecco donated anonymously
- Party Games donated anonymously
- Box of Heroes donated anonymously
- 11 x toiletry gift sets donated anonymously
- Children’s colouring set, pencil case and toys
- Bottle of JJ Whitley Mango & Papaya Gin, Box of crackers & snowglobe donated by the Green Party
Mayor of Prescot Calls in a Favour from Father Christmas
The Mayor of Prescot Cllr Mark Burke has set about saving Christmas by calling in a favour from Father Christmas himself . Starting today the Mayor will be accompanying Father Christmas as he visits each of Prescot’s Primary Schools to provide every child in the town with a selection pack and let them know that lockdown and social distancing doesn’t mean Christmas is Cancelled. Some year 5 children from St Luke’s were even deputised as Elves so that they could hand out selection packs to the rest of the school.
Whilst the whole of Evelyn Primary came out into the playground were special representatives from each picked up a sack for each class.
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