The basis of the game remained the same, players were given coloured paper and a range of material relating to a specific area of activity or place (bike parts, office items etc.) and with this material a they made a bird on the coloured paper. On tour the different materials availble were mounted on boards so that players had a sense of what they could and would be using.
We also put up samples of the Flower Works made at the Blackie as examples of what could be achieved.
Samples of Flower Works and the Exhibition of Flower Works in the background
Not only was there the Exhibition but we also provided books with illustrations of a huge range of birds. As can be seen from the photographs below the workshops were popular with very young kids and with teenagers something not easy to achieve.
As we have found with all games where people are given something to do within very definite limits the finished works are as varied as the individuals who made them.
As the works were finished they were put up on display.
At the end of the Bird Works Tour the works were mounted and exhibited in a local library and at MPAC (Merseyside Play Action Council). After the Exhibitions the people who made the works had the opportunity to take their work home. Those not wanted were kept by The Blackie.
The Bird Works on display in the Library
The Bird Work Tour was part of MPAC's Artists In Play and took place in Croxteth Youth Club and Belle Vale Adventure Play Ground (and possibly) in other places but we lack information on that). It was led by Sally Morris - again we do not have the information on who worked with her on this. If anyone recognises any of the workers in the pictures please let us have their names.
Sally Morris hanging works
The Flower and Bird Works are regularly displayed in the Black-E Gallery as part of The Games of Art.