Richard Shilling – acclaimed environmental Land Artist – will make a welcome return to our green and pleasant land in October.
He and his partner Julia Brooklyn, who specialises in working with children, have agreed to run some special days for schools on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.
Using natural materials and responding to the environment the class workshops will release individual and group creativity this Autumn.
Half days or whole school length days are available to book. We welcome schools of any kind and
groups of home educated children to book places.
Suitable for all ages and abilities
£5 per child (group prices by negotiation), ring 0121 749 4100 or email to book
Julia and Richard have agreed to stay over until Saturday and to continue the Festival feel of their artist residency on Saturday 27th October. The Land Art Fesitval day will be a drop in anytime, join in and make art together type event. Let our garden inspire you to explore shapes and places together
Normal Garden Entry fees apply (TBC)
Transition to ‘Big School’ can be a nervy time for many pupils. The Gardens’ education department is offering a fun day out for Year 6 with a purpose.
A Taste of KS3 History gets the kids out of the classroom into the open in 10 acres of open space. Our historic garden gives us the opportunity to touch on topics across the KeyStage3 curriculum.
Sessions during the day include The Black Death and early medecine (our medicinal herb borders show the real plants), ‘Dig for Victory’ in our veg. plot and the opportunity to play like a Victorian on our Archery Lawn. They’ll also be the chance to taste ‘knot biscuits’ (shortcake based recipe) and carrot cookies (wartime recipe).
A day aimed at looking forward with confidence. £4 per pupil
Booking now for weekdays (not Wednesday)
contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 749 4100
Yesterday 14 young people invaded the Gardens and started plotting to take over!
The young people, from nearby Braidwood School for the Deaf, are part of a Birmingham wide programme run by the group Kids in Museums. Takeover Birmingham is a pilot programme for 11 – 14 year olds, designed to ensure arts and culture are available to everyone no matter what their background.
The young people, accompanied by signers, took a tour round the gardens undeterred by the cold and damp. They decided that bugs and mini beasties were unseen helpers in the Gardens and will be devising their own interactive tour.
Here is some of their creative thinking:
The group have scheduled Friday 19th May as their Takeover Day….
Should we worry, should we be scared? No we’re looking forward to the next generation’s management of heritage.
Keep a lookout for more information about the Takeover Day