We’re in the news!

Our lovely Easter Egg trail was covered in the local paper: many thanks to Christine and the Younger Friends group for all their hard work – and especially to Hilary and family for getting stuck in (and wearing the bunny ears!) : http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16126840.Easter_gets_underway_in_York_park/

 

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Artist in Residence 2018

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Cath, Nick and Michele (with Lisa and Rosemary, disguised on the left) discuss ideas and arrangements for Nick’s residency at the park

We’re delighted to announce this year’s Artist in Residence is Nick Booth, a MA student studying Fine Art at York St John University. We met up to discuss his ideas on Saturday, and we were intrigued by his proposals. Partly inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, Nick wants to explore some of the historical aspects of Rowntree Park, from its foundation in the aftermath of World War I, through the inter-war years and onwards, encompassing some memorable elements such as the swimming pool, the aviaries, skating on the lake and the millennial renovations. Perhaps Friends and other local people have ideas for what “absolutely has to be included” in a portrayal of the park? Nick will be spending some time in the park itself, getting inspiration, and will also be warmly welcomed in the Reading Cafe, where his art will be displayed in an exhibition this summer. We’re looking forward to seeing what he produces.

It’ll be a summer of Art (amongst other things) in the park, as we are also working with Sculpture students from York St John University, who are proposing some temporary installations for the park for the weekend of July 7th/8th (to coincide with the Bloom Festival). A curator from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is helping with this project.


Nature Ninjas!

Calling all primary school aged ‘Nature Ninjas’ aged 4-9 (ish). Do you love the outdoors and exploring?  Are you nutty about nature? Think mud is marvellous?

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The Young Friends of Rowntree Park’s new after-school club starts after Easter and runs every Thursday from 4-5pm. Activities and adventures to engage and excite that will include a mix of science, engineering, art and crafts and much more!  A focus on the natural world around us and the local community, teamwork, problem-solving and most importantly, lots of fun!  We will also be making use of our new clubhouse located under the cafe!

There is a limit of 10 places available for the ‘Nature Ninjas’ and we aim to meet weekly from after Easter up until May half term initially.  The dates are: 12th April, 19th April, 26th April, 3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May.

Each session is only £2 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park (a total of £14 for the half- term).

Nature Ninjas

(12th April – 24th May 2018)

Members (£14)

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Nature Ninjas

(12th April-24th May 2018)

Non-members (£21)

SOLD OUT!

If you aren’t already a Friend of Rowntree Park, the sessions are £3 each, but it’s cheaper to join the Friends for £5 a year per household and then pay the members rate (a total of £19 rather than £21).  You can join here.

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Parents/carers will need to be around during the sessions.  The Woodland Club will be lead by Christine (who has run the Very Young Friends sessions for a number of years, as well as many other groups/sessions for children) and Abigail, who organises events for the Young Friends and has 16 years teaching experience.

Example activities may include- den building, survival skills, willow weaving, nature art, scavenger hunts, gardening, making pulleys and zip wires, recycled boat racing, bug hotel making, making music in nature and so much more!

If you have further questions about the sessions – get in touch with Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

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The Lost Words Project

The Young Friends of Rowntree Park are running ‘The Lost Words’ poetry project for children aged 7-14.

The project was inspired by the book of the same name by Robert MacFarlene –
“Once upon a time, words began to disappear from the language of children” – words linked to natural world around them such as acorn, conker, raven, willow, and wren. “The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories”.

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The Young Friends of Rowntree Park want to re-engage young people with nature and celebrate its beauty through creative writing and poetry.  We are offering young people the opportunity to attend a workshop with local acclaimed poets and creative writers:
Katie Green-Brown – ‘Best Performing Artist; in York Culture Awards 2017 and winner of a ‘Say Owt’ slam poetry award in 2016.
Karen Hill- Green –  Creative writing teacher, a California Poet in the Schools, Editor of Rowntree Parks ‘Words from the Bench’ annual poetry project.
Miss Tycal‘- Organiser of creative storytelling workshops in York for children, to inspire children with wonderment – a ‘children’s purveyor of knowledge and ideas’.  Also a primary teacher/literacy specialist for 19 years

 

Once the children have completed their poems, their work will be celebrated in a range of ways including displays in the cafe (and park), on social media and through our website.

This unique and exciting opportunity is only £1 for Friends of Rowntree Park members, and £5 per child for non-members.

Tickets are only available by using the links below – places are limited for each session. Each child only needs to attend one session.

Date Members ticket £1 Non-Members ticket £5
Mon 26th March
10.30-11.30am
SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Sun 15th April
10.30-11.30am
SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Sun 29th April
10.30-11.30am
BUY BUY

We expect this project to be extremely popular as it is such a unique and amazing opportunity to work with such creative and inspiring mentors, we know the children will really benefit from this and look forward to what they produce.

If you have any questions or want to know more- please contact membership@rowntreepark.org.uk


Application deadline extended

We have extended our deadline for applications for our “Artist in Residence” opportunity; please do pass on this information to anyone who might be interested.

The Friends of Rowntree Park are looking for an artist who is studying in York (at post-16 level), who would like to spend time in Rowntree Park and express their experiences in some form of art, to include material displayed in an exhibition at the Reading Cafe.

Do you know a new or emerging artist who would benefit from this opportunity?

  • Application is by email (info@rowntreepark.org.uk), attaching a written proposal (maximum 1000 characters including spaces) as a pdf. In your email, please state your name, the art course you attend, and the school/college/university you are studying at. If you are under 18, please state your age. Your proposal can also include a single image, also as a pdf.
  • We are looking for applications from students studying in York at AS/A2 level, foundation or degree level.
  • Your proposed artwork(s) should be new and site-specific, relating to the park in some way. Your proposal should make it clear how the work would relate to the park. You will probably wish to visit the park (and the cafe) before applying, if you do not already know the space concerned.
  • We have three local artists lined up to consider the applications, in the context of the park and the cafe.
  • We expect the successful artist to spend further time within the park, in order to engage with the space – and be ‘in residence’, as the title suggests; the amount of time will be agreed with the artist. We will be able to organise an area within the cafe, where you could work in the warm and dry – with coffee supplies nearby!
  • The proposed art works can be of any media, within the practical constraints of the display space; it may be that some pieces would be suitable for outside display. Art works must be suitable for all ages, as the exhibition space is open to all.
  • Application deadline is midday on January 26th: the winning artist will be announced on February 16th 2018.
  • The successful artist will be offered an exhibition in the Reading Café, Rowntree Park, with the local press being invited to attend the opening/private view. Dates of the exhibition to be confirmed, but we anticipate that it will be in summer 2018, and that it will last at least a month.
  • The successful artist will be offered a grant of £250 towards materials and other expenses.

For more information or to apply, please email info@rowntreepark.org.uk


I’ve got a little list

No, not a list of Christmas presents I’d like to have – a list of volunteering opportunities in the park! Well, not so little either (see below), but this gives a flavour of the work that we already do in the park – as well as some of the things that we’d like to be able to do. There’s a huge amount of variety: some of them are one-off or occasional items, and some are much more long-term. Some tasks are seasonal – leaf raking and snow warden – and others can be done anytime of the year. They are on the list in a deliberately random order.

If you would like more details on any of these volunteering opportunities, do get in contact info@rowntreepark.org.uk

Litter pickers
Co-ordinator or organiser of events suitable for teenagers
Poster/flyer designer
Website design
Volunteer co-ordinator
Musical event co-ordinator
Newsletter/leaflet delivery
Event planners
Bird seed topping-up
Duck food provider
‘Snow Warden’ = salt/grit scattering
Leaf raking (and using leaf blower)
Goose herding
Gardening
Gardening info circulation
Younger Friends (assisting)
Very Young Friends (leader)
Very Young Friends (assisting)
Bird recording
Wood-worker

Do you know a potential Artist in Residence?

The Friends of Rowntree Park are looking for an artist who is studying in York (at post-16 level), who would like to spend time in Rowntree Park and express their experiences in some form of art, to include material displayed in an exhibition at the Reading Cafe.

Do you know a new or emerging artist who would benefit from this opportunity?

  • Application is by email (info@rowntreepark.org.uk), attaching a written proposal (maximum 1000 characters including spaces) as a pdf. In your email, please state your name, the art course you attend, and the school/college/university you are studying at. If you are under 18, please state your age. Your proposal can also include a single image, also as a pdf.
  • We are looking for applications from students studying in York at AS/A2 level, foundation or degree level.
  • Your proposed artwork(s) should be new and site-specific, relating to the park in some way. Your proposal should make it clear how the work would relate to the park. You will probably wish to visit the park (and the cafe) before applying, if you do not already know the space concerned.
  • We have three local artists lined up to consider the applications, in the context of the park and the cafe.
  • We expect the successful artist to spend further time within the park, in order to engage with the space – and be ‘in residence’, as the title suggests; the amount of time will be agreed with the artist. We will be able to organise an area within the cafe, where you could work in the warm and dry – with coffee supplies nearby!
  • The proposed art works can be of any media, within the practical constraints of the display space; it may be that some pieces would be suitable for outside display. Art works must be suitable for all ages, as the exhibition space is open to all.
  • Application deadline is midday on December 15th; the winning artist will be announced on January 19th 2018.
  • The successful artist will be offered an exhibition in the Reading Café, Rowntree Park, with the local press being invited to attend the opening/private view. Dates of the exhibition to be confirmed, but we anticipate that it will be in summer 2018, and that it will last at least a month.
  • The successful artist will be offered a grant of £250 towards materials and other expenses.

For more information or to apply, please email info@rowntreepark.org.uk