This year Hours of Fun headed into the third year of working with the Festival of Firsts and we were determined to make it bigger and better than previous years.
Partnering up with Regan Shaw from Kaleidoscope Magazine and Pam Sullivan from The Williamson Art Gallery, we worked with the festival to plan how to spend a grant the Festival was successful in securing from the Liverpool One Foundation.
The aim of the project was to get children involved in crafting and raise awareness of the Festival as we travelled around the Wirral working with different groups and running drop in creative sessions.
We worked with some fabulous groups including Hoylake Sea Cadets, Hoylake 1st Guides, Priory Parish Primary, Woodchurch after school club Whizzkids, Wirral Methodist Housing and lots more. Each group designed and created their own sun catcher windows using craft supplies and sharpie pens. They decorated a clear transparency sheet which was then fixed into a frame ready for hanging.
We encouraged them to do some creative writing, telling us funny stories or about their favourite day or thing to do. We had some amazing creations and the children all really enjoyed making them. We even got them to make two so they could take one home and we could keep one for the display.
We had over 150 frames made which we hung from hula hoops, which were then hung them from the rafters at St John The Baptist Church, Great Meols, from a feature beam at Hoylake Parade Community Centre, in the windows at West Kirby Library and it is currently on display at The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. The display creates a visual spectacle, reflecting light and colours as it dances around in the sunshine.