"Hands On" Cree Project
We are pleased to announce that the Cree project continues to flourish at Greenfield Arts in 2015.
The project, part of East Durham Trust's "Cree" Project, encourages men to volunteer their time and work together to create new ideas and learn skills.
The volunteers have recently completed a project for the renovations of Greenfield Arts' Studio 2 - designing and building an amazing new multi-use storage cabinet and supporting the rest of the building work in the space. They continue to be led by the fantastic Richard Agar of Bravura.
The volunteers usually meet every Monday at 10:30am Greenfield Arts - if you want to volunteer some time please contact us for more information.
This last 6 months have took the men on a new journey in which they tried a variety of taster sessions to improve their own well being rather than that of others, including: healthy cooking, yoga and building insect boxes for their own gardens.
They are now working on a new comission from New Writing North to create 10 more Little Library containers to display across the North East.
The end of 2016 will show them taking over from the Bring The Funny project to create a container which will host the sound clips recorded by Youth Cree with comedian Ruth Johnson. The aim is to brighten the day of commuters and travellers.
The men finished 2015 by creating a log cabin window display with artists Adam Bligh for our Winter Wonderland event.
In 2014 & 2015 the volunteers supported "Book Buzz" a group of young people at Greenfield Community College. The men helped them to build a Little Free Library for the Aycliffe & Sunnydale Campuses.
In 2014 the fantastic volunteers supported "Cutting Loose," "Quercus Live" and our Winter Fayre as well as working on a project with the Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society for Halloween.
"Nalu" and the first stage of the project:
Since September 2012 a group of local men have been working together at Greenfield Arts to design and build a new outdoor community garden space.
The men learnt more about stone carving from a local artist and designed the space. Ground and building work began in February 2013, and "Nalu" was officially opening by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham in June 2013!
We are pleased to announce that "Nalu" received a commendation for the achievements it has made in community engagement and for the contribution the work has made to the wider community at the 24th annual Durham County Council Environment Awards - well done to the volunteers and those involved in the project!