How many sheep make up a flock? For Eden Arts the answer is thousands. An arts development organisation based in Eden, Cumbria has launched a public art project designed to encourage creativity and collaboration while raising awareness of the sheep farming & wool industry.
Inspired by artworks such as Antony Gormley’s ‘Field for the British Isles’, Eden Arts are inviting the public to contribute to a series of art installations, which will be made up of thousands of pom-pom sheep. Participants are encouraged to show their support for the wool industry by making their sheep using sheep’s wool.
The project is already taking off with schools across Cumbria starting the production chain, many enrolling the help of their local community. Workshops, demonstrations and lessons of the subject have also taken place, encouraging participants to understand the value of real wool and the industry as a whole.
Schools, groups, organizations and individuals across the UK are now being invited to take part in the project, by sending in their sheep and uploading their images onto the “Join the FLOCK” Facebook page. Adrian Lochhead, Eden Arts director, said:
“As a rurally based arts organisation it is extremely important to us that we connect with our local area, community and industry. FLOCK is a fantastic creative project and one that seems to be capturing the imagination, we are really pleased to let it grow beyond Eden into Cumbria and beyond.
The culmination of FLOCK will take place in spring 2012 with a large-scale national FLOCK installation alongside supporting events, workshops and demonstrations.
Sheep making kits are available to download and more information is available from www.jointheflock.co.uk. For information on Eden Arts, visit www.edenarts.co.uk.or contact Joanne Leary,
, 01768 899444