Little Hulton Arts Participation Programme

In November the Museum of Science and Industry ran a print making session engaging over 27 people of all ages in the Children’s Library. The ‘Gruffalo at Christmas’ family arts event was well attended on Saturday 4th December, with 30 children plus 35 family members in attendance. 

A small youth arts project also began in November, to establish a Tuesday night session working with Big Local and began to provide additional provision in a manageable way with 15-20 young people engaging each week in visual arts workshops delivered by Walk the Plank at Little Hulton Library. Through this project, these children, aged 8-11years old, have regular high artistic experiences including making and performing with shadow puppets music, story making and telling, production and stage management and parade costume in collaboration with Alexis and Ben from Walk The Plank. Austin Mitchell is the lead artist, supported by Barry, Brian and writer, Louise Wallwein. 19 children also went to see ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at The Lowry Theatre just before the festive break, giving them further inspiration.

Outcomes for the children include increased confidence, sharing ideas and experiences, acting as positive role models for other children and showing what they can do in a positive light. The project will feature in the Big Local AGM in the new year, including a bite-sized film, showing activities. It aims to engage with young people in Little Hulton to create an idea for a future outdoor event or project in the area, possibly during the Easter holidays. There may also be some way that these young people can put their own stamp on the new Big Local shop.

This programme is made possible, thanks to funding from Greater Manchester Strategic Arts Funding and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and Little Hulton Big Local.