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Sticky Fingers

SUMMARY

Name: Sticky Fingers
Location: Slieve Gullion Forest
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 9,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : SOAR
Duration: 7 months
Telephone: 028 30257885

PROJECT SUMMARY

The creation of a “Creative Woodland Project” - a forest arts programme at Slieve Gullion forest. This “Creative Woodland project” is established as a social economy enterprise and required the creation of a permanent arts / training / learning facility at Slieve Gullion forest.

BACKGROUND

Sticky Fingers (with Grainne Powell) is a leading arts organisation for young children in Ireland, specializing in creating quality professional arts projects for children from birth to 8 years in theatre, music dance and visual arts. Sticky Fingers also provides training to a range of agencies wishing to create community based experiences and opportunities for the social inclusion of children and their parents. Its vision is to establish Newry and Mourne as a centre of excellence for children through informed and progressive partnerships with local government, education, and community and business partners.

ACTIVITIES

  • To establish a dedicated forest arts and educational programme at Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
  • To engage a consultant to compete research and development on the proposal which will include the production of detailed design drawings for the creation of a forest educational resource / structure at Slieve Gullion Forest by 30th September 2011.
  • To achieve statutory Planning Approval for a permanent wooden structure for the delivery of a dedicated forest arts and educational programme at Slieve Gullion Forest Park by 31st March 2012.

BENEFITS

The proposed project is the establishment of a social economy enterprise through the creation of a permanent arts / training / learning facility at Slieve Gullion forest for young children. The project will create innovative and original structures using the forest natural resources ( wood, stone and willow) that will be built into the natural land formation to make areas within the forest that are weather proof but which become part of the woodland natural foliage.

LESSONS

By providing children with a natural play space of the woodland, they are encouraged to try new things and solve problems in a natural environment freely, without the restrictions of a classroom or a man made outdoor environment such as playground or back garden. The woodland provides unique and valuable opportunities for the children to experiment and learn in a different way.