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The Hippo project was a young people’s project to showcase their views about what they like to do creatively and how creativity affects their lives. Art worker Richard Franks supported by Walsall Creative Development Team worked with 5 groups of young people to ask these questions and to illustrate their views creatively in a variety of ways including the decoration of 100 hippo images inspired by the famous hippo sculpture in Walsall Town centre created by John Wood in 1972. The project culminated in a summer arts activities programme and exhibition of the hippo herd in an empty shop in The Saddlers Centre in August.

Young People’s Consultation

In addition to the children’s hippos, 12 Walsall based artists have decorated 8 of the hippo models which during August were be placed at arts and cultural centres in Walsall as a trail of hippos to discover. Young people were encouraged to visit the centres, find an artist’s hippo and stamp a card, also to find out what activities they can do in each centre.

On September the 8 Artists the hippos were displayed together in The New Art Gallery Walsall to promote the launch of creativewalsall.com

On Saturday 14th August artists family and friends came together to celebrate the hippos they have made and had a second chance to see some of the children’s hippos too.

The Hippo project and creativewalsall.com was funded Arts Lottery funding via Arts Connect

Hippo Gallery

Abu Bakr School

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Forest Arts

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Pelsall Village School

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Pleck Youth Group

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Young People’s Art

Word From The Street

 

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Creative Walsall Youth Arts Activities Shop

The shop in the saddler’s centre was open for a week in August for youth arts activities as an extension to the hippos youth consultation project.

Over 400 children, young people and family members dropped in to take part in activities. the shop was hosted by The Creative Development Team, Youth Service, Multi Media Arts project (MAP) and Islamic Village. Activities included more hippo art, jewellery making and an Eid celebration.

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 Artists Hippos

Artist profile – Richard Franks

I am a local artist who predominantly works within the community delivering creative projects with people of all ages and abilities. The projects I work on range from creative consultations and public artworks, to graphic design for print and web.

hipp-smallWhen I was six my Nan and Grandad took me to Walsall for the first time and I remember fondly sitting on the Walsall Hippo no doubt with a daft grin on my face and a packet of cheese and onion crisps in hand. This memory has always stayed with me and has recently inspired myself and Walsall’s Creative Development Team, to create over 70 mini Walsall Hippo’s for use on a borough wide consultation with young people exploring what creativity means to them, what they like to do creatively, and what they would like to do in Walsall creatively in the future. Each young person who took part in the consultation decorated their own mini Walsall Hippo with images, patterns and words that reflected what creativity means to them.
Having been asked subsequently to decorate my very own mini Walsall Hippo I pondered for a few days what it would be like. Would it be bejeweled in faux diamonds, would it be splattered energetically in paint in homage to Jackson Pollock or would I simple daub R Mutt on it’s bottom and leave it at that? Somehow none of these approaches seemed right.

It wasn’t until the deadline loomed and the march of time was as deafening as a herd of Hippos crashing through a muddy river, that I decided upon my creative response to the famous Walsall Hippo. I would simply show others how I went about lovingly creating the first mini Walsall Hippo in honour of the famous original, that the subsequent 70 casts were made from. I decided upon this approach because I believe that creative process is something to be celebrated as much as the finished artwork. For example I am always fascinated by an artists sketch book, preliminary drawings, studio space etc, in some cases more than the finished work of art. So to explain what you see in my work is exactly how I created the original replica Hippo, what was left over, what was consumed and what was utilised in its making. Including modelling clay, craft tools, photos and copious amounts of cheap nasty coffee.

 

FAIRY-POTAMUS BY JANE COOPER

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I like to work with wire and mixed media.
One day I stumbled upon this piece of writing on the internet and knew I had to include it in an Art Work.

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No folklore stories should be without it’s Fairies, and we have a few as well. It was told, that when the Church at Walsall was being built, no one asked the fairies for permission, as it was quite near their meeting place, which most of the locals knew about. To show their displeasure, one night, the fairies moved the foundations to a hill nearby, and the builders, fearing further trouble, completed Saint Matthews on the hill where it now is http://www.blackcountrymuse.com/folklore.htm (paragraph 2)
As a teenager the Hippo was a meeting place for my Punk Rock friends and me to link up, (there were no mobile phones in those days) hence the Steam-punk Hippo.
(Altered image of St Matthews Church using photoshop from http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/articles/Walsall/church3.jpg)

 

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HIPPY BY STEPHEN SNODDY

Hippy went on a trip to Tate Modern. After walking around many gallery spaces he found an entire room of Mark Rothko’s paintings. He decided there were too many for Tate Modern and the New Art Gallery Walsall should have one to display. He took Black and Maroon off the wall, strapped it to his back and carried it back to Walsall. Artist Stephen Snoddy – Director The New Art gallery Walsall.

 

 

 

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MAX’S HIPPO

Community Art Development Officer, Photographer and Printmaker Maxwell Bailey.

Max’s hippo depicts a personality crisis!

Max works at Walsall Council for the Creative Development Team.

 

 

 

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NOMIE’S HIPPO

Nomie’s hippo design was inspired by her African heritage.

Originally from Zimbabwe and now living in Walsall, she enjoys drawing from English and African influences to create unusual pattern prints.

Artist and Textile Designer -Nomie Mzingwane.

 

 

 

 

NEEMITA DABHI’S HIPPO

Arts and Crafts practitioner and folk artist – I was influenced by the diversity of cultures and the environment.

neemitasMy practice delivery is to view space and determine how we can engage our creative expression while enhancing the social interaction through a calming process. I specialise in floor art Rangoli, door decoration Tohan, Batik and Silk Painting. Working with the variety of educational groups and organisations, I acknowledge the diverse approach of teaching. Recent project includes using recycled materials to form 3D art.

I loved working on my hippo; using artist acrylic colours to enhance it’s shape and bring to life i painted a strong black shade. I was influenced by Arabic Mehndi design, Rajistani wall painting and Jharokha art, as mirrors are incorporated in my rangoli designs, sequins were also placed to bring light.

 

DREAM ‘IPPO’

Jointly decorated by POP UP GROUP artists Jo Radcliffe, AmaRina Kundu, and Ruth Radcliffe

dreamJo Radcliffe: My work, in oils and watercolour, covers a wide variety of subjects. I usually begin with a drawing and work from that. My work is about pattern and colour in objects. Radcliffe.jradcliffe7@btinternet.com

AmaRina Kundu: I am an artist who works in mixed media, including water colours, oils, wax and ceramic sculpture.

For this project i have used a special, traditional Northern Indian style of decoration. I have transformed the hippo into a treasure, keepsake and moneybox, and want to remind children to aspire to and cherish their dreams. kundurina@btinternet.com

Ruth Radcliffe: I an an illustrator working in pen and ink. I love to draw and create weird and wonderful, whimsical characters. I also teach drawing to children and adults. Ruthy71@hotmail.co.uk

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MEETING PLACE ‘IPPO’

Jointly decorated by POP UP GROUP artists Maria Wigley, Gemma Ince and Karen Garland

meeting-placeMaria Wigley: I am a textile artist who uses fabric and embroidery to create and expand ideas. This has led me to develop work that involves handwriting, an area that is becoming marginalised more and replaced by impersonal computerised formats. Handwriting in stitch gives the work a contemplative quality not always apparent with the written word on paper. The work on the hippo is stitched text made up of quotes taken from the Walsall Hippo appreciation web page.
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Gemma Ince: I am a freelance graphic designer specialising in print and branding, and a lecturer. I love community, authenticity, typography, colour, pattern and a touch of oddness. The ‘ippo’ is decorated in languages of Walsall all saying ‘Meet me by the ‘ippo.’’ I am also intrigued by the hippo’s enigmatic smile. What does she know?
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Karen Garland: I am an artist and lecturer, inspired by Jerome K Jerome a writer and humourist. Walsall’s unsung hero. His work lifts your heart and soul to the heights that only wings reach.
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 Hippo Art

ARTIST PROFILE – PETE CONSTABLE

Pete was commissioned by Chuckery Primary school to produce 4 stained glass panels and a brick relief to celebrate the school’s 80th anniversary.

hippo-2The stained glass was designed, built and installed by Pete over a 3 month period. Nearly all of the integral design elements were informed by workshops held with the school’s pupils, their ages ranging from reception to year 6. The panels are sited in double doors in the school hall.

In the majority of projects that Pete is involved in, the subject matter, the brief and constraints are set by the schools’ art and design staff in liaison with Pete. The project’s are very much ‘hands on’ for the students. Pete’s role is often purely to facilitate, the students being in control of the projects from the preparatory design stage to project completion. This is in order to instil a sense of ownership, responsibility and professionalism when working to a set brief.

These decorative capping bricks were designed and made for a 90 feet long boundary wall of Chuckery Primary School, Walsall. The bricks depict the curriculum and ethos of the school, the history of the area and land marks of Walsall.

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