Abirdabode community gallery exhibition

Abirdabode Community Gallery Exhibition

Abirdabode is an art project and an environmental project under one roof.

During 2014 and 2015 artists Richard Dawson and Jacqui Symons worked with groups from across Oldham to create beautiful and practical Art Birdboxes*.

The abirdabode exhibition is at Gallery Oldham in the Community Gallery until 2nd May and brings together all of the work created including over thirty unique Art Birdboxes, a human sized abirdabode created from recycled materials and the Art Bird Flock of over three hundred individual Art Birds created by members of the public at events across Oldham.Community group working on the big bird box

The Art Birdboxes were created by a diverse range of participants of all ages and abilities including: Barrier Breakers, a group for young people with additional needs; Dove Stone Youth Rangers, environmental activity group; Grassroots Community Project for adults with additional needs, working alongside excluded young people and Oldham Age UK residents.

There was a huge gathering of artists and friends at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 14 March for the launch of the abirdabode exhibition.

Along with the Art Birdbox Artists some of the young people who decorated Art Birds dropped in to see the show and to find their creations in the Art Bird Flock. We were honoured that amongst the Art Bird Flock were hidden eleven very special realistic Art Birds created by Gordon Haigh especially for the show!

Putting the exhibition together took a lot of hard work and dedication and wouldn’t have happened without the support of Joy, Ian, Steve and Andy from Gallery Oldham – thank you all. Thank you also to Oldham Arts Development, especially Annie for your support (and fabulous bird dresses) and Shonagh for believing in the project (and handing out bird seed!).

And an especially big thank you to all the amazing Art Bird Artists who took part in the project, your hard work, creativity and good humour have been an inspiration to us and to everyone who has visited the show. It was great to see you at the opening and to show you how fantastic your work looked in the gallery.

*an Art Birdbox is both a work of art and a functional nest box, providing a safe roosting and nesting place for a variety of birds and an attractive public artwork for humans to enjoy too.

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– Guest written by Richard Dawson 23/3/15