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Poppy Picnic

Poppy-flyer-for-webLooking for something new to do at the weekend this summer? Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends and join us at Orsdall Hall, Salford at 2 – 4pm on Sunday 3 August 2014 for a free, summertime event.

Enjoy a vintage-style picnic in the beautiful gardens for an afternoon of performance, music, poetry and artwork as part of Poppy, a First World War Centenary project.

Sing-along to a selection of wartimes songs, create something lovely in the arts & crafts marquee and if you’re a foody, you’ll love sampling some of the traditional goodies on offer.

There’ll be exhibitions & film screening, and Salford Community Leisure’s Year of Commemoration for First World War with new work by artists & community groups. There’s also the first chance to explore and download our new artwork-app.

Karen Shannon, our Director, says, “We’ll gather together on this afternoon, the eve of the start of First World War to commemorate the lives of people from that time and the communities we know and love today. We’re looking forward to a wonderful afternoon with a great atmosphere of community spirit, art and remembrance”

Poppy is an ambitious new digital arts project happening in libraries across Trafford, Stockport, Manchester and Salford. It’s exploring a contemporary, conceptual view of the First World War.

Parking available on site and at The Soapworks nearby. You can book on eventbrite, or simply turn up on the day!

Poppy is a partnership project, led by Trafford Council, between Stockport, Manchester, Salford Library, Services, Imperial War Museum North, Ordsall Hall Salford, Salford Community Leisure Trust and creative producers Lets Go Global Arts and Media CIC.


Residencies and Workshops

ID-workshop3I have worked as a writer and artist with a range of organisations such as B Arts, Northern Ballet Theatre, Lets Go, The Arvon Foundation and Contact (young people’s theatre) and with a range of participants, from those with little experience of the arts and creative writing, to those aspiring to become writers and artists.

My projects and residencies include a diverse range of groups, including young people, women’s groups and Black/Asian groups. I have designed and delivered training for a wide range of clients including INSET for teachers and other professionals. As a Media Artist I have facilitated creative workshops in a range of digital media including augmented reality, video, photography and social media. Two recent digital projects are My Poppy for Lets Go Global and The Salmagundi for B Arts.


I am currently working with 42nd Street and Creative Producers Lets Go as a Digital Artist on Q42. Q42 is a LGBTQ+ digital project for 13-18 year olds across Greater Manchester.

We are working with leading artists and movers and shakers from the creative media sector to co-design and produce a new digital platform to connect and build an innovative online network. Q42 will be created by LGBTQ+ young people for LGBTQ+ young people, to develop online and offline friendships, explore and develop creative ideas and to challenge any isolation and loneliness felt within our community.

Previous residencies and workshops:

Bridgewater Heritage projectSalford Museum and Lets Go Global with Eccles Youth Club
I worked with young people to explore their connection with and stories of The Bridgewater Canal. The young people involved learnt a host of new skills, including video production, audio recording and using different social media platforms to broadcast their work. It also built confidence, provided those that participated with an inter-generational experience, and by the end of the project the young people had a better understanding of the history of the canal.

Girlguiding North and Lets Go Global
A Social Media and Blogging workshop for Lets Go Global and girl guiding north – Arts in the City. The participants had a taster workshop learning how blogging and social can enrich their working practice. Here’s the blog containing the Learning Zones for the workshop.

Bright artistic minds

My past projects have involved using a range of art forms with a wide range of groups. For example, I worked with Litfest on Bright Artistic Minds, working with a group of young people from across Lancashire, producing a web publication for the Lancashire Youth Arts Audit. I worked with Lime Art using creative writing, drama and visual art for health and well-being issues. I worked with community groups at Derby Playhouse using creative writing to uncover stories which were woven into a play – FrankenAsian performed in the studio theatre.

sphere-dreamzsphere : dreams
I worked with a group of Asian women and artist Shanaz Gulzar to create a multi-media Installation. Commissioned by QUN International Festival and sited in Sackville Park, Manchester.

For details of past playwrighting work and workshops see my blog: mayachowdhry.wordpress.com