Moor Allerton Primary School / Centenary Celebrations

We spent 3 days at Moor Allerton Preparatory School in West Didsbury to work with every pupil (all 237 of them!) to create work to celebrate their centenary year.

Using elements of the interior and exterior of the school itself, from architecture to floor tiles to the school bell,  we made pop art prints onto fabric which as you can see are super!

The younger children explored mono printing, relief printing and lino printing also inspired by these elements which was equally as exciting.

The fabric prints are to be stitched together to create a large scale piece which will not only be on permanent display in school but it will also feature as the backdrop for the schools summer performance at the stockport plaza.  The rest of the prints will be exhibited around school with one additional piece in the main reception.

A big thank you to everyone at Moor Allerton who helped make this project possible and to all the parents that came to help too. Everyone including ourselves had a fantastic 3 days.

“The buzz in the art room last week was clearly evident as the children busied themselves in the printing process. There were wows of delight and open mouths as the children’s prints revealed themselves. Sally did a wonderful job at giving all the children the chance to succeed and experiment. Bringing the experts in was a great inspiration for our budding young artists.”                 

Amanda Rooth-Geupel – Arts Co Ordinator / Teacher


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IGNITE / Oyster Park Primary School

During a two day residency with Oyster Park Primary School, I worked with both classes from year 4.

Our aim was to make work which could be displayed in the communal area of the classroom and our inspiration was the work of William Morris.

After looking at examples and discussing his work, we embarked on collage making by deconstructing and re constructing photocopies of his work to make our own William Morris style pieces.

This task prior to printing was important as we learnt about repeat pattern, composition, symmetry and our colour palette. It was also a good exercise in dexterity as there was a lot of accurate cutting required.

Once we had explored lots of inspiration and ideas, everyone created stencils and screen printed their designs onto fabric.

Lots of parents came along to help with the sessions and the teachers were brill, everyone got stuck in which was super!

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Z-Arts / Windrush Women’s Group

Last month we celebrated the culmination of a project between ourselves, the Windrush Womens Group, 42nd Street, Z-arts & Kate Bell Photography.   A group of fantastic young women have recently taken part in a screen printing and fashion photography project which we organised and facilitated.

The group designed and hand printed their own garments and featured in their own stylised fashion shoot which was held on location at Z-arts.

A selection of the photographs have been exhibited at ZArts and will soon be on permanent display at the Windrush Centre in Moss Side.




IGNITE / Cathedral Academy

I spent a day at Cathedral Academy working with the Year 10 GCSE textile group.  The aim of our session was to create work which will be used as part of the group’s exam course work

Landscapes were our focus and we responded to the work of Athony Lewis, Carol Naylor, Cas Holmes, Mary Mackintosh, Liza green, Laura Edgar, Kit Hevron Mahoney and Andrew Peutherer.

Combining screen printing, mono printing, colour washes, collage and stitching we explored a variety of methods to create samples and finished pieces of work.

The work produced was really impressive, what a talented bunch!


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IGNITE / South Parade Primary School

The first residency for the IGNITE programme began with a fantastic four days at South Parade Primary School.

I worked with years 1 to 6 to create screen printed pieces which will be used to decorate the school hall.

Our theme for the week was aboriginal art which meant we explored symbolism in nature and art, story telling and aboriginal culture and paintings.

The prints have been stitched onto hessian to form 5 large murals which will be on permanent exhibition at school.

Everyone had such a fantastic week, including the huge number of staff who helped with the sessions, the head teacher even joined us for a whole afternoon, thank you!

Nice work South Parade!















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IGNITE / Artists in Schools – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ignite, Artists in Schools – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I have recently been awarded the Ignite Artists in Schools bursary by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The Ignite Artist in Schools programme is an annual bursary scheme for artists developing their career to work with children of all ages and abilities including those with learning and /or emotional difficulties. The residencies promote learning outside the classroom, giving schools the opportunity to work with a different artist each year. It also gives teaching staff the opportunity to gain new creative skills to embed within their teaching practice.

I will work with over 20 schools in the Wakefield district and this blog will document the yearlong journey starting in October 2013 and culminating in a celebration event at the park in July 2014. In addition to working with schools, I will also create a printmaking toolkit for educators, which will provide a legacy to this project.

My residencies will be based on the world of printmaking. We will learn traditional methods as well exploring experimental techniques and ideas.

The aim of every residency is to engage pupils creatively and to give them freedom of expression through taking part in a creative activity.

We will embark on a journey through textures, shapes, colours and patterns.

The sounds, sights and smells of nature and the world around us will provide inspiration for our work. From the banality of everyday objects to the hidden beauty in decay, I will be encouraging pupils to observe the world from a different perspective.

I plan to use the park and the artwork in the park as a continual point of reference and inspiration as I feel that this place is so rich and diverse. It relates directly back to a main element of the residency where we can observe these textures, shapes, colours and patterns juxtaposed with nature.

If you want to find out more about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, you can visit their website or even better still, get over to West Bretton and check it our for yourself, it’s a magical place!

More updates to come in October.

Exciting times!



Whitworth Art Gallery / Creating Chrysalis

As part of the Summer in the City programme at the Whitworth Art Gallery I ran a session to create artwork to be exhibited in the park at part of the Whitworth Weekending event from 30th August – 1st September.

The gallery is closing for around 9 months for major re development work and they are marking the occasion by having a huge celebration in the gallery and the surrounding park.

I wanted to create work with the group which could be suspended from the trees and I though that not only would chrysalis work well in the park setting, they also represent the change that is happening at the gallery.

I screen printed fabric which detailed definitions of words such as change, transformation and metamorphasis and during the session we created willow sculptures and covered them in the fabric to create these ghost like structures.

Really looking forward to seeing them in the park!







Didsbury Arts Festival / Didsbury Library Legacy Project

“This year, DAF has commissioned Sally Gilford of one69a to lead a series of screen-printing workshops with three groups of local school-children from Cavendish Primary, TheBirches and Didsbury C of E, in order to create a large scale fabric mural as an artistic legacy – celebrating the Didsbury community’s commitment to the arts.

The final piece of work will be displayed in the vestibule of Didsbury Library throughout DAF from June 22nd until June 30th and will hopefully remain on display for the next 3 months.

The mural incorporates a mixture of designs featuring the library gardens and elements of the architecture of the library. From carrying out research into the history of the library and its architect, John Henry Price, Sally discovered that he included emblems on the exterior and interior of the building representing the arts and crafts movement and has included these symbols in reference to the aims behind DAF and it’s origin. The library’s architecture is of an 18th century gothic style and this has been reflected in the style of fabric hangings used to construct the completed mural, contrasting with the contemporary style of the print design.”

Photography of mural by the super Jody Hartley