<![CDATA[ECCLESTON GEORGE PUBLIC ARTISTS ]]> http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/ Webs.com 2011 Chinese year of the Rabbit......or Dragon? http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5723057 <p align="left">Did you know that February 2011 welcomes in the Chinese year of the Rabbit, apparently anyone born in a Rabbit year is born under the most fortunate of all the Chinese animal signs, I'm afraid you'll have to Google it if you want to know why!</p><p align="center"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3308/3248007186_a01f28e322_m.jpg"/></p><p>&#160;</p><p>For us though at Eccleston George 2011 is most definitely the year of the Dragon because 2011 is when we expect great things for our favourite project. This project just happens to be based at St Georges Special Needs School on the Isle of Wight and some will already know that we call the project <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stgeorgesdragon.com/"><font color="#008080">'Dragon'</font></a>. What started as an experimental Creative Partnerships project has now blossomed into something that is capturing the imaginations of students and professionals from far and wide.</p><p><img height="151" width="234" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3348977973_4e249a1aec_m.jpg" style="WIDTH: 243px; HEIGHT: 163px"/><img height="180" width="220" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3626/3392199322_04f852a792_m.jpg" style="WIDTH: 220px; HEIGHT: 161px"/></p><p>For those who don't know, Dragon is now a 'stand alone' learning facility. Designed and built by the students, staff and ourselves over the last five years, Dragon has it's own board members made up of students, staff and partners and each month we meet and discuss issues and make plans for the upkeep and future of the project. The Dragon outdoor centre is now open for schools and community groups to use its array of specially constructed learning zones and they can do this on a pay as you go basis.</p><p>In 2010 we (Dragon) were approached by Portsmouth University and informed that Dragon was to be selected as a 'best practice' school project for a European Commission <a target="_blank" href="http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc84_en.htm"><font color="#008080">Comenius study</font></a> relating to&#160;creativity in the curriculum. In January 2011 Dragon's Secretary/Deputy Head Teacher of St George's School will go to an international conference in Prague to talk to delegates about Dragon and how it works. Another conference is planned for later in the year in Milan, and we have been invited to spread the word about our school project there too.</p><p>&#160;</p><p align="center"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3345/3331152034_01197a4ebf.jpg"/></p><p>&#160;</p><p>2011 is also important for Dragon as we have a very exciting plan lined up for development. An extraordinary board meeting is arranged for early January to which all board members and partners are invited including our Patron BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham. The discussion on the agenda will be the funding of our very ambitious climate change zone for Dragon. We won't go in to too much detail about the exact nature of the climate change zone right now, but needless to say we're all very excited about it indeed!&#160;Dragon is also spreading it's wings in 2011, two other schools in the UK are to join in with projects styled on to the Dragon model in their own schools, students from St George's School's .Dragon workforce' will join the Eccleston George team to help&#160;these projects underway.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><strong>What else is new in 2011 for Eccleston George?</strong></p><p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2793/4137473443_481c3133bf_m.jpg"/></p><p><strong></strong></p><p>With some 24 separate projects being completed over 12 months, 2010 was our busiest year ever. This coming year looks set to be pretty busy too with some notable projects being jostled in to our schedule. </p><p>&#160;</p><ul><li>We're looking forward to our first project as part of the<a target="_blank" href="http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/transformingtm/"><font color="#008080"> Tate Modern extension scheme</font></a>, due to start in Jan with some research and development. </li><li>We'll work on several school projects that will very sadly herald the end of, what has been for us, a most enlightening collaboration spanning some six years. Unfortunatley in 2011 <a target="_blank" href="http://creative-partnerships.com/"><font color="#008080">Creative Partnerships</font></a> will formally come to an end as an organisation.</li><li>We're really excited about the possibility of working on a few projects in the coming year with our friends over at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.naturalenterprise.co.uk/"><font color="#008080">Natural Enterprise</font></a> .</li><li>And there are a host of community projects coming up that we can't wait to get out teeth into too, we'll let you know about them as they come up.</li><li>We'll be cranking-up our promotion of creative teaching/learning in schools, so watch out for that too.</li></ul> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5723057 The way of the creative mind, a lesson for us all. http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5716358 <p><font size="3"><strong>By Nigel George.</strong></font></p><p>&#160;</p><p>I've just discovered that in western culture there's no term for my cousin's wife, my wife's cousin is my cousin in-law but my cousins wife is just 'my cousins wife'. I only mention this because I wanted to tell you about my cousins wife and whilst wanting to make clear my personal link to her, to refer to her this way seems to somehow belittle the wonderfully talent person she is in her own right, no disrespect to my cousin (her husband) who is a perfectly lovely chap and I'm sure understands what I'm trying to say. Anyway, her name is Bernadette so from here on in I'll refer to her by name only to save confusion and the possibility of offending anyone.....I probably should have left the whole 'cousin's wife' thing well alone...ah well too late now! </p><p>&#160;</p><p>Now then, I also want to tell you about Dan, you'll be relieved to know that Dan isn't related to my family in any way and is in fact a very good friend.&#160;</p><p>What both Bern and Dan have in common though is that they are two shining examples of how creative thinkers go about their stuff. </p><p align="center"><a imageanchor="1" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lBnJ_vGXqxw/TOf-fZoEYMI/AAAAAAAAABc/KmKymY2235k/s1600/dear+nick+and+dave+letter+1.jpg" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em"><img height="640" width="450" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lBnJ_vGXqxw/TOf-fZoEYMI/AAAAAAAAABc/KmKymY2235k/s640/dear+nick+and+dave+letter+1.jpg" border="0" style="WIDTH: 227px; HEIGHT: 329px"/></a></p><p>Bern has decided not to take some of the decisions being made by our coalition government lying down. As many others are no doubt doing she's&#160;taken it upon herself to tackle the problem by writing directly to the men at the top of our goverment. Bern's letters are no ordinary letters though, she is quite literally illustrating her 'bones of contention' with the most beautiful stream of bespoke hand painted and sometimes hand crafted correspondences. So that we can all see how her campaign is going she is blogging her incredible efforts and any responses she receives. I've always known that Bernadette is a very talented artist but what really appeals to me is the way she's using her skills in such a wonderfully proactive and positive way to confront some really difficult issues. You can find and follow Bern's fantastic blog at <a href="http://www.deardaveandnick.com">www.deardaveandnick.com</a> </p><p>&#160;</p><p><img height="174" width="232" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5164560301_004bebc0e8_m.jpg"/><img height="174" width="233" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5165191026_a401ac100e_m.jpg"/></p><p>My friend Dan on the other hand appears to have no agenda at all with his latest project, rather, he's letting an original idea he once had find it's own way in the world, quite literally. Dan came over to my house for lunch yesterday fresh from his temporary return from Spain. Over lunch and then over the next few hours what transpired was an amazing tale of adversity, adventure and extraordinary good will. For those of you who don't already know, Daniel Roberts decided some months ago to make a giant wooden tricycle out of recycled materials and then to take the contraption to Spain and see where it would take him from there. As it turns out it's taken him quite a long way, through towns and villages, wasteland and cliff tops. He's been questioned by the Spanish police, followed by the Spanish fire brigade, had his supper eaten by wild animals and has been welcomed in to the homes and hearts of the Spanish people. Dan's adventure will continue in the Spring of 2011 when he'll be set a drift on the river Pisuerga upon a raft he's made with the help of the towns folk of Simancas, a little old town that has adopted him as their own and where he's spent the last month. This raft topped with his tricycle, and Dan himself somewhere in between, will go with the flow south west and could one day reach Portugal and beyond, no one is really sure....least of all him. What's interesting to me is that Dan's 'raftycle' is creating it's own agenda and that agenda seems to be one about connecting people, sharing skills and interests and demonstrating the power of a creative endeavour.</p><p align="center"><a imageanchor="1" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lBnJ_vGXqxw/TQQC5w5WZsI/AAAAAAAAADg/wf02KGj8-WY/s1600/IMG_1124.JPG" style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em"><img height="640" width="462" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lBnJ_vGXqxw/TQQC5w5WZsI/AAAAAAAAADg/wf02KGj8-WY/s640/IMG_1124.JPG" border="0" style="WIDTH: 192px; HEIGHT: 249px"/></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>Some might think that these two ventures are the self indulgent esoteric workings of two disparate arty loons, but that's not what I think..... I think we're looking at something much more significant and interesting than arty loons. It seems to me that what Dan and Bern are doing is actually very similar, I believe that in their different ways they're using their innate ability for divergent thinking and their enthusiasm for creative endeavour to inspire others to look at the world differently. I'm certain that creative people like Bern and Dan are just about as important to society as it gets and that every provision should be made for them to pass on their thoughts, knowledge and skills to others, and I'm just as sure that the impact they have on communities resulting from the way they go about the things they do gives our young people in particular something hugely positive to aspire to. At a time when government spending cuts will see the demise of organisations like Creative Partnerships and impact negatively on the Arts Council of England's ability to work with artists to deliver projects in schools and communities, the stuff Dan and Bern are doing seems more important than ever to me. If you're not sure what the heck I'm going on about then take a look at our blog entry before this one and listen to the very wise words of Sir Ken Robinson. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>So to Dan and my cousins wife I say congratulations and please please keep up the wonderful stuff you are doing, and that we too at EG will continue to do whatever we can in a similar vain.</p><p align="center"><img height="350" width="425" src="http://thumbs.webs.com/Platform/mediaPreview.jsp?type=YouTube&amp;id=Afz-_N9Uuhg" alt="YouTube-Afz-_N9Uuhg" class="fw_media_youtube fw-parse" style="WIDTH: 284px; HEIGHT: 195px"/></p><p>P.S. Thanks to Dan the Isle of Wight can expect a steady flow of Spanish holiday makers in 2011.... I've heard that here on the Island we're about to lose all of our Tourist Information Centres, what an amazing&#160;ambassador for the Island's tourist market&#160;Dan has become.</p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:28:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5716358 RSA animate. Sir Ken Robinson talk. http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5700293 <p>Dear old Sir Ken's ideas are a source of great inspiration&#160;to us at Eccleston George&#160;and this beautiful animation by RSA animate&#160;&#160;illustrates his talk about the current education system&#160;wonderfully well.</p><p>&#160;</p><p align="center"><img height="350" width="425" src="http://thumbs.webs.com/Platform/mediaPreview.jsp?type=YouTube&amp;id=zDZFcDGpL4U" alt="YouTube-zDZFcDGpL4U" class="fw_media_youtube fw-parse" style="WIDTH: 372px; HEIGHT: 258px"/></p><p align="center"></p><p align="left">We're very&#160;proud to be playing a small part&#160;in an attempt at an education revolution.&#160;Along with&#160;many other&#160;individuals and organisations&#160;we're trying hard to help&#160;implement&#160;a creative approach to&#160;teaching in our&#160;schools. We've seen with our own eyes how a fresh look at the way we educate our children can impact on their lives&#160;in very profound ways,&#160;once initiated this&#160;impact seems to stretch outward into communities and economies with astonishing speed and effect......how can that be a bad thing we ask?</p> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:12:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5700293 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5625888 <p align="center"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5268395777/" title="EG 2010 small"><img height="240" width="173" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5129/5268395777_58dc3ec45d_m.jpg" alt="EG 2010 small" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p><font size="2">As the year ends pretty much as it started with the possibility of snow on snow. We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone we've worked with this year (a record breaking 24 projects for us this year), and to wish everybody a very merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year.</font></p><p>&#160;</p><p>See you in 2011!</p><p>&#160;</p><p><em><font color="#008000">Best wishes Nige, Spike, Dave, Rich, Darren, Cam, Jules &amp; Hannah and all the other members of Eccleston George.</font></em></p><p>&#160;</p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000">Card by Betty George aged 20 months</font></strong></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:52:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5625888 Nodehill School music project in post production. http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5590535 <p><strong>By Team Leader Nigel George</strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><p>Last week we had an incredible time at Nodehill Middle School in Newport on the Isle of Wight when we delivered a week long musical residency at the school. Our usual Eccleston George team (Rich Murphy, Spike Oatley, Cam Snudden, Dave Badman and myself) swelled to a nine man team when we were joined by graphic artist Lisa Murphy, world renowned saxophonist Gary Plumley, top guitarist Jules Nelson and drummer from the Chancers, Jack Henson. </p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5254718755/" title="Jack and the band"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5007/5254718755_678eea5e63_m.jpg" alt="Jack and the band" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5254717703/" title="Recording brass with Gary"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5125/5254717703_474bc596b1_m.jpg" alt="Recording brass with Gary" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 227px; HEIGHT: 135px"/></a></p><p>We really have to say a massive thanks to all the students that worked so hard on the project over the course of the week on the three areas of focus, video animation, CD cover artwork and of course music making and song writing, all of which went fantastically well thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the students. At one point during the week&#160;we had over four hundred pupils singing their hearts out all at once. It really was amazing to see and hear so much passion being displayed by everyone....to them all we say, well done you lot ,we absolutley loved working at your school and we&#160;think it's a real shame that it won't be there after next July.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5255308734/" title="CD cover artwork in progress 13"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5286/5255308734_589d251952_m.jpg" alt="CD cover artwork in progress 13" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 228px; HEIGHT: 135px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5254697323/" title="CD cover artwork in progress 14"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5254697323_2509079051_m.jpg" alt="CD cover artwork in progress 14" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p>Thanks too to all the staff for letting us break all the school rules for the week (parking our vans in the playground, walk on the wrong side of the corridors, stealing the stage area&#160;over and over etc. Special thanks to Mrs Mitchell the music teacher who gave us her superb music room for the whole week and to head teacher Mr Morris who's foresight made the project possible.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5255320050/" title="mic 2"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5255320050_ee1b7d90c6_m.jpg" alt="mic 2" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 235px; HEIGHT: 135px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5254705645/" title="Headphones"><img height="135" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5254705645_b708983686_m.jpg" alt="Headphones" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p>Now the song, video and CD artwork is in post-production and we can't wait to get it back to the school so they can hear and see for themselves just what all their hard work has lead to....I've heard a few snippets and I can tell you it's going to be a gem.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Once we've delivered the master copy of the song and video to the school&#160;we'll upload a copy to youtube for everyone to see.</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5590535 Portsmouth Unversity's IW Challenge http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5501742 <p align="center"><img height="121" width="440" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5041/5229031898_1a1f7bdd82.jpg" style="WIDTH: 414px; HEIGHT: 121px"/></p><p>Our own Nigel George and the CEO of the Isle of Wight Zoo, Charlotte Corney went to Portsmouth University this week to look at the Interior Architectural Design project work that students have been working on for the last twelve weeks. The project set&#160;a brief to&#160;third year interior design diploma students&#160;to design a new interior for the zoo's Napoleonic fort which currently surrounds the front of the zoo.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5229032492/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="180" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5229032492_e86abe3060_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 157px; HEIGHT: 112px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228438769/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="180" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5228438769_b69f568948_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 155px; HEIGHT: 112px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228438311/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="174" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5244/5228438311_8cf0819c44_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 139px; HEIGHT: 112px"/></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>About six weeks ago Nigel and our artist friend Tim Johnson delivered a lecture on 'enclosures, habitats and structures' and hands-on workshops designed to teach students various new making skills. The lectures and workshops were commissioned by the university as part of the students course realting to the zoo interior design project.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228435331/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="179" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5008/5228435331_1abe0ddfe6_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 236px; HEIGHT: 173px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228435019/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="167" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5010/5228435019_48f8b7a743_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 235px; HEIGHT: 173px"/></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>During this latest visit Nigel and Charlotte viewed twelve designs by the&#160;students, five of whom&#160;talked through&#160;their designs&#160;with Charlotte and Nigel&#160;in a 'Dragons Den' style pitch. Nigel said he was really impressed by the standard of the designs on display and that he felt flattered to have been asked by the University to view and critique them. He also said that it was great to see that his and Tim's earlier workshops and lectures had influenced some aspects of the students design work and that this too was equally flattering.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228434731/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="153" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5228434731_8b577b1a37_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 242px; HEIGHT: 168px"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5228436015/" title="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work"><img height="180" width="240" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5249/5228436015_9b4955582d_m.jpg" alt="Portsmouth University IW Zoo design work" border="0" class="pc_img" style="WIDTH: 226px; HEIGHT: 169px"/></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;He said " A big big thanks to all the students, especially those who spoke about their designs, I thought they all did fantastically well and they should all be justly proud of both their designs and the effort they put in to explaining them to us. Now I'm really looking forward to seeing the designs again only this time here on the Isle of Wight at a special exhibition that will be planned for next year".</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5501742 BBC Radio Solent Interview. http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5451792 <p>Nigel George from Eccleston George and Gav Hodson from St Francis Special Needs School in Hampshire talk to BBC Radio Solent's Nick Girdler about the Dragon Project at St George's Special Needs School on the Isle of Wight and how it's having an impact on schools on the UK mainland an beyond.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Also Nige and Gav review the Sunday papers!!</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Aired live three weeks ago.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><strong><font size="4"></font></strong></p><p><font size="5" color="#0000ff"><a target="_blank" href="http://ecclestongeorge.podbean.com/">Play</a></font></p><p>&#160;</p> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 07:26:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5451792 Thank you for the music! http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5405885 <p>The Eccleston George music team is currently in full swing. </p><p align="center"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5194831235/" title="Eccleston George Bridgemary 2"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/5194831235_f196c058f8_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Bridgemary 2" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5195431466/" title="Eccleston George Bridgemary"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5195431466_cd2b94dabb_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Bridgemary" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p>Last week we ran a day workshop for feeder schools&#160;in the&#160;Bridgemary Community Sports College area. The day included instrument making from scrap materials as well as song writing and singing and a performance to parents at the end of the school day.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>In two weeks time the EG music team are heading back to a school we've worked with before. Two years ago we worked with Nodehill School on the Isle of Wight on a gigantic visual art project, pupils designed a gigantic 20 metre long bas-relief mural for a wall at the school. The mural celebrated 100 years of the school.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5195429916/" title="Eccleston George Nodehill"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/5195429916_3b4a2a2e99_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Nodehill" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5195429732/" title="Eccleston George Nodehill 2"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/5195429732_5457250bbe_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Nodehill 2" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p>Sadly under the school system change on the Isle of Wight Nodehill&#160;is due to close forever in July 2011.&#160;Head teacher David Morris asked us back to&#160;his school&#160;and now we're going to work with the staff and children to create a song that will celebrate&#160;Nodehill school and commemorate it's closure. The actual&#160;project will take the form of a week long residency and will involve the whole school in writing and recording music as well as creating cover artwork and a music video. We announced the idea to children at the school during a secret assembly in which the EG music team played for the whole school. The project will start on 6th December and run for a week.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5195428772/" title="Eccleston George Nodehill 5"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5195428772_abfd55d85b_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Nodehill 5" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecclestongeorge/5194828771/" title="Eccleston George Nodehill 6"><img height="240" width="161" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5194828771_aa37bb9b24_m.jpg" alt="Eccleston George Nodehill 6" border="0" class="pc_img"/></a></p><p>We're really looking forward to this project as it's sure to be exciting,&#160;so be sure to check our blog for updates as they occur.</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:03:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5405885 Carisbrooke Castle collection box http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5379796 <p align="center"><img height="240" width="158" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3424/3721202742_c26c2f8328_m.jpg" alt="Carisbrooke Castle. by rebmilc" border="0" class="pc_img"/></p><p align="left"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk/collections.aspx"><font color="#008000">Carisbrooke Castle's Museum</font></a> have been sucessful in securing a grant to fund the design and creation of a special&#160;fund raising collection box. The lovely people there came to us and asked for our help so now we're busy working on design plans for a collection box the like of which has never been seen before! We'll also be working with the children of Carisbrooke Primary School, we'll visit the school to get ideas for the project&#160;from the children and staff there. Our own Dave Badman and Hannah George will&#160;make the actual&#160;money collecting device early in the new year and it should be in place in the museum in the spring.</p><p align="left"></p><p align="left">Carisbrooke Castle Museum is an independent charity seperate to English Heritage who run the castle as a visitor attraction. The museum charity was founded by Princess Beatrice in 1898 as a museum of local history.</p><p align="left"><em>&#160;'It is my earnest hope and desire,' she said, 'that with the help and co-operation of others, I may be able to form a full collection of objects of historical interest connected with the Island.' </em></p> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 04:29:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5379796 Houndsdown School. First meeting. http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5354189 <p align="center"><span class="tablefont_head style2"><img height="191" width="288" src="http://www.hounsdown.hants.sch.uk/images/schoolfront.gif"/></span></p><p>We had a very nice time at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hounsdown.hants.sch.uk/"><font color="#008000">Houndsdown School</font></a> in Totton earlier this week. Along with artists&#160;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.chris-jenkins.com/about"><font color="#008000">Chris Jenkins</font></a>&#160;and <a target="_blank" href="http://ianwhitmore.co.uk/#/home/4539403221"><font color="#008000">Ian Whitmore</font></a> we went to the school to find out about their <a target="_blank" href="http://www.creative-partnerships.com/"><font color="#008000">Creative Partnership</font></a> project. We met with their staff and students as well as the lead artists in charge of the project, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.willnash.co.uk/#"><font color="#008000">Will Nash</font></a>. Will has already created an amazing outdoor learning environment with students and staff at the school and now they're looking for creative input in to how the existing space might be used as well as the possibility of expanding the area with&#160;further development.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>We were really impressed with the way the students and staff and lead artist were already working together and now we're now looking forward to planning some stuff with them all&#160;for next year.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.ecclestongeorge.co.uk/apps/blog/show/5354189