Thursday, 13 August 2015

MOWLL Workshops at John Archer Hall

Fantastic workshops in tie dye scarf making and more ran by SOLA's lead artist and art therapist Adele for Art in Motion and FESTIVAL 31.
Using natural resources and techniques this group made these wonderful scarves, wall hangings and pretty broach charms.

In the first few sessions making dyes from fruit like blueberries and blackcurrants, onion skins and tumeric.

The end result is these beautiful, colourful tie dye scarves and wall hangings with handmade embellishments as well as broaches made from the leftover fabric, making sure to use everything.

The group together showing off their hard work :)

Monday, 10 August 2015

FESTIVAL 31 Bunting Exhibition and SOLA ARTS Drop In: art and writing on a Tuesday

SOLA ARTS drop in group's bunting exhibition at the Joseph Lappin Centre.

During FESTIVAL 31 the drop in created bunting around the idea of freedom along with other workshops held at other events such as the great makers market and SERCO.

The final work is a wonderful mix of peoples journeys and their visual ideas of what freedom means to them.

SOLA ARTS drop in is still running every Tuesday at Toxteth Town Hall, 4 til 6pm.
 If you are interested and want to join us why not get in touch :)

Thursday, 6 August 2015


One of the great events happening during FESTIVAL 31 was the FLASHMOB that happened in Williams Square in the center of Liverpool.
Lots and lots of people got involved with SOLA ARTS to pull this one off, with members of the Peacemakers and Robert Goux's drum circle joining us to make lots of noise and gather attention while SOLA ARTS' Adele and others asked the public to join them in a discussion around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
People wrote down their idea's of freedom, or their personal journey to freedom and then let it loose into the world attached to balloons.
Overall a fantastic and
fun event for FESTIVAL 31 that day

Monday, 3 August 2015

FESTIVAL 31 2015 Commissioned artists

FESTIVAL 31 this year was huge. With over 40 different events happening throughout the city. Here is a look back at some of the things that happened starting with the wonderful work created by the artists we commissioned as part of the festival.

 The artists met several times together to discus ideas and create together. Here is just a small peek of them at work.

 One of the first pieces to come together 'The Leaving', was a piece by Ehsan an Jonathon, the pair constructed this life size boat as well as a emotive sound piece.
You could sit in the boat, listen to the piece and experience for yourself the journey that so many refugees and asylum seekers must take to find a better life.

'The Leaving' was displayed in several places from the launch event at The Brink to The Bombed Out Church in the city. 

'Mappa mundi' and other work created by the artists was also displayed in places around Liverpool including The Rotunda and The Well, a small cafe/gallery on Roscoe Street.

Opposite is Nairouz' work, portraits of warrior woman and their inner 
spirit animals.


'Mappamundi' just a small section of a very large piece telling a story about the Kurdish experience

 Lots of discussion was had by the panel, who gathered at The Well to see the final work and give their thoughts.

At the end the artists gathered together to discuss the whole project, what they'd do differently and overall to have a nice lunch until next time.

The work will hopefully be touring again soon so if you missed it this year look out for it again somewhere in the U.K.