Mount Pavilion climbs to new artistic levels

The LeftCoast performers strut their stuff

The LeftCoast performers strut their stuff

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The Mount Pavilion is set to play host to an artistic array of free activities for children and families beginning on Good Friday and running over six weekends.

The activities are the latest in LeftCoast’s programme of free arts activities in the space.

Kicking off the action at the Pavilion on Good Friday from 1 to 4pm is the Splodge-O-Matic spin painting machine with funky paint, UV colours, disco beats and bubbles galore giving kids the chance to create their own splodge-tastic artwork.

Budding scientists will be able to explore and test the physics theories surrounding sound, light and electricity in special Commotion Interactive workshops on Saturday from 1 to 4pm. Blending science with drama and dance the Commotion workshops will give kids the chance to immerse themselves in a world of scientific investigation.

Squirrel & Tiffin will be taking over the space on Easter Monday (March 28) from 1 to 4pm for a specially-themed print-making workshop. Kids of all ages are invited to join in and use bubbles to create their very own bunny artwork to celebrate Easter.

Artist Shane Johnstone will be helping children create and decorate traditional Japanese windsocks made from paper and bamboo on Saturday April 2 from 1to 4pm. Simple to make yet beautiful when complete, creating a windsock with Shane combines art, science and craft in an easy way that can be done by everyone.

Things are getting Victorian at The Mount on April 9 from 1 to 4pm with the Tin Type Trailer dark room. Sharing the magic and mystery of 19th Century dark room techniques this is a history lesson with a difference. Children can step inside and be entertained and educated about this fascinating era of photography.

Theatre maker Melanie Whitehead will help youngsters get into performance with drama workshops at The Mount on April 16 from 1 to 4pm. Melanie has previous worked on activities for big productions such as War Horse and The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night, and the workshops will include games, props and music to help children bring their dramatic skills to life.

You might not think that plants can make music but you might be in for a surprise on April 23, again from 1 to 4pm, when Plant Synth takes over the space. Children can learn some basic electronic skills and build their own paper synthesizer using specially-designed kit, that they can keep, to allow them to make weird sounds with plants, leaves and moss.

Things are looking crafty on April 30 when Sarah Hicks Art returns to the Pavilion for a recycled spring crafts workshop. Children are invited to celebrate the new life of spring using scrap and recycled materials to create puppets, bird feeders, tiny nests and more – there might even be some chocolate treats involved too.

Helen Frost, audience development officer at LeftCoast, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring another high quality programme of free arts activities to The Mount for children and families in Fleetwood to enjoy. The feedback we’ve had during previous sessions has been excellent and it is great to see The Mount being used by the community.

“There is of course also the opportunity for people to use the space for their own community activities so we’d encourage people to get in touch with us to discuss what is possible. We want the building to be seen as a resource for everyone – a real hub that has diverse activities taking place within it.”

The Mount is also currently undergoing a revival as Wyre Council restores the seaward side of the Grade II-registered gardens to their original 19th century design. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the landward side including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge is also being developed. Residents can help support the bid by telling the council why they visit The Mount and what improvements they’d like to see at www.wyre.gov.uk/mountsurvey – before April 1.

For more information about LeftCoast and the programme at The Mount visit www.leftcoast.org.uk, call (01253) 477973 or email info@leftcoast.org.uk

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