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Residents are being encouraged to release their creative muse and enjoy the great outdoors with family friendly activities and workshops taking place right up until September.

Visitors to the town’s Arrow Valley Lake and Forge Mill Needle Museum can enjoy summer with the whole family by taking part in the upcoming Scour II art sessions, taking inspiration from nature and local history:

Open afternoons at the Arrow River Grass Cut Map
Saturday 3rd August, 2 - 4pm: Five Tunnels area. Artists Keith and Liz will be working on the grass cut map on site and invite you to come along to find out more about the Scour project and chat to the artists. This artwork will show the historic and current manmade waterways and reflect how water flow was controlled to power the nineteenth century needle mills of the Arrow Valley.

Saturday 10th August, 2-4pm: As above, Keith and Liz will be working on the grass cut artwork. Local enthusiast and videographer, John James will be there with his drone camera to provide a one-off opportunity for visitors to view the artwork from above.

Learn to draw botanicals
Thursday 8th August, 11 - 4pm at Forge Mill Needle Museum: Learn to draw and paint with botanical artist Nicky Ashford, taking inspiration from plants found around Arrow Valley. Cost: £15 (adults) materials provided. Children free, families welcome.

Morton Stanley Festival family art activity: “Make a mobile sculpture”
Saturday 17th August, 12 -5.30pm at Morton Stanley Park: Get creative and have fun with scrap materials and block printing to make a 3D mobile to take home. Ideas and inspiration for the mobiles will come from Redditch’s Forge Mill Museum collection including fish hooks and flies, needle motifs and more, as well as the natural world of the Arrow Valley.

Art Walk and Workshop
Friday 30th August, 11- 4pm at Arrow Valley Countryside Park:
Explore the historic landscape of the south end of Arrow Valley Park. Take a gentle two hour walk around the park for inspiration before doing an afternoon workshop to make your own “map” using drawing, collage and mono-print techniques. No art experience is needed just bring a curious mind and shoes walk. Cost: £15 for adults, children free, families welcome.

Project Artist Elizabeth Turner said: “The map, workshops, activities and discussion sessions taking place over the summer are a fantastic way to entertain the family as well as being educational; learning some new skills and hopefully a bit more about the local history and heritage of our town.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in our Grass Cut Map so far and as artists we’d love to share this with as many residents and visitors as possible. We’re really fortunate to have a drone coming to our session in mid-August so that the full scale of the work can be seen so if you can come along, please do!”

Cllr Mike Rouse, Leisure portfolio holder, said: “People don’t tend to know Redditch for its art, but they should because we have some very talented people producing some fantastic works that I would encourage visitors and residents to come and enjoy.”

The Scour II project is a community art project which aims to explore the connections between 18th century industry and the New Town construction of the 1960s.
To book places on any of the workshops go to the Forge Mill website.
For more project check out the Scour II blog here.