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Turn the moors into art with Moors for the Future

This is an archived press release

Friday 29 April 2005

29 April 2005

Turn the moors into art with Moors for the Future

Budding artists, poets or photographers can use the wild uplands of the northern Peak District for inspiration with a series of arts workshops over the next few weeks.

Moors for the Future, a £4.7m project to restore threatened moorland in the northern Peak District, has set up the workshops to spark people's creativity out on this rugged but beautiful landscape, with expert tutors to show the way.

Places are limited and booking is essential (ring Moors for the Future's Castleton office, 01433 621656, unless otherwise stated):

11 May - Printmaking Workshop with Jill Kerr (Peak District Products member). Join an award winning printmaker for the day at her own studio in Chinley to learn both mono- and block-print using the moorlands as your inspiration. £35 including lunch and materials. Booking essential, contact 01663 750547.

22 May - Beginners Poetry Workshop with Bert Flitcroft. Join an award-winning poet for a poetry trail on the moors and then learn how to turn your thoughts into verse. Poems will be published in a Moors for the Future anthology. £8. Please bring sturdy boots and waterproofs. Attendance on the poetry trail is optional.

26 May - Photography Workshop with Ray Fowler (Castleton Photographic Society). Learn how to get the best shots from your camera and then take your newly found skills to the local moors for an afternoon of fieldwork at Stanage Edge. 10.00-16.00. £6. Bring a camera, sturdy boots, waterproofs and lunch.

3 June - Animations/Cartoons Workshop. Get animated with Anne Barron in a 2 hour workshop to draw moorland cartoons. 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00. Adults £6, children £4.

4 June - Painting Workshop. Develop a range of drawing skills and use watercolour, paint or pastels to produce artwork based on moorland landscapes with expert one-to-one tuition. £30.

22 June - Experienced Poets Workshop with Bert Flitcroft. Join an award-winning poet for a poetry trail on the moors and then learn how to develop your skills. Poems will be published in a Moors for the Future anthology. £8. Please bring sturdy boots and waterproofs. Attendance on the poetry trail is optional.

10 July - Papermaking Workshop with Chris Hughes (Peak Park Products) Learn how to produce paper inspired from the moorlands using plants and litter. £35 including lunch and materials. Bring sturdy boots and waterproofs for short walk to collect material.

21 July - Field Sketching and Local History Workshop. Spend the day with Peak District author and illustrator Brian Edwards and develop both your speed sketching skills and knowledge of the moorlands of the Eastern Edges. 5-6 sketches in 6 miles. Bring sturdy boots, waterproofs, packed lunch and sketching materials. £20.

Moors for the Future is a five year programme, begun in 2002, to reverse damage to some of the world's rarest habitats caused by erosion, pollution, fires and over-grazing. Blanket bog, such as that found on Bleaklow above Glossop, is found in only four places in the world, and is more threatened than the Amazonian rainforest.

It is run by a partnership of 12 organisations with a stake in the future of the moors, and is funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information visit the website, www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk

Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project

This is an archived press release

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