The Big Skill brings communities together, through accessible, hands-on rural skills and contemporary crafts. At community centres, cafes and castles, in Mid Wales, Borders and the Marches.
During social distancing, our Big Skill Accessible Craft Group is taking the lead in creating new, online 'Craft, Community and Chat' videos of rural skills and crafts.
We will launch in early May 2020, when we will be presenting craft and rural skills demonstrations in The Big Skill Craft Tent at The Greatest Online Agricultural Show, on The Internet Showground.
This virtual project bloomed from our Accessible Craft Group, who usually meet every Tuesday at Saxon Hall, Hereford between 12-3 pm. Inspired by British farmer David Hill's idea to beat the lockdown.
As a Team, we plan to expand our virtual demonstrations to provide accredited training in contemporary crafts, textiles and clay sculpture, leading to employment for our practitioners and participants.
In March 2020 we launched our 'Standing up for Peace Sculpture Project' at Saxon Hall, Hereford.
Tutored by contemporary sculptor Rebecca Buck of Osprey Studios, workshop participants are exploring wet clay modelling. With their thoughts on our theme of 'Peace' being communicated through representative and abstract forms of special relevance to this local community and its social heritage.
Clay sculptures made during these community Workshops are inspiring and shaping the final architectural ceramic form, garden landscaping and seating which will be placed at Saxon Hall on completion.
Using wet clay is direct and easy - everyone can join in.
We would like to thank Bulmer Gilmour Fund via Hereford Community Foundation for their support for our project launch.
Funding applications to further develop this project during 2020-2022 are in hand. Please contact us for Sponsorship opportunities or offers of substantial individual Gifts.