Birmingham families carve stone in the sunshine
After a week of cold winds and rain the sun shone for our family groups travelling from Birmingham.
Accompanied by parents the age span of young people ranged from 5 to 20 years old and whilst little ones ran about picking celandines and making daisy chains teenagers began to relax with parents throwing sticks for the sheep dog. Laughing and joking broke through the earlier tensions.
Lunch together around two large tables and with delicious homemade Asian food was a treat and a rare chance to come together and share not just food but conversation too.
Sculptor Tania Mosse seamlessly eased everyone in to stone carving for the afternoon. Blocks of stone were chipped, sculpted, demolished, drawn on and painted. For those few hours working outside in the sunshine our visitors were totally absorbed – in creating on one level or another; with each other’s company and with their own thoughts too. Tired parents let go and joined in, guarded teenagers relaxed and tried new things and little ones made new friends and helped each other out.
Thank you to Rani and Rashid of Creative Cohesion West Midlands for working with us to give families this valuable experience. The workshop was funded by the Ernest Cook Trust